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Graduation Information

Graduation Seminars for October 2020 and January 2021 Degree Candidates

RSBC Seniors who anticipate completing all degree requirements by the end of the current term are highly encouraged to attend one of the following Graduation Seminars:
Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 5:15 pm 
Wednesday, October 29, 2020 @ 11:30 am
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 5:15 pm
Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 

Register for a Graduation Seminar.

Commencement

Due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers University has canceled all events, including commencement ceremonies. The university is working to identify and explore alternate ways to celebrate. Details will be provided as they become available. Your ideas on ways our campus community might best celebrate graduation this year are valued. Please share them at:  RUCamdenCommencement@rutgers.edu.

We have received many inquiries about academic regalia. To purchase regalia, visit here. For refund on previously purchased regalia, please contact Commencement Specialists, Herff Jones College Division, at 1-800-837-4235.

We congratulate you and the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on your achievements!

Commencement Student Speaker Nominations
Information on the undergraduate student speaker nomination process and candidacy requirements can be found at: https://business.camden.rutgers.edu/undergraduate/academic-services/commencement-speaker

Graduation Certification

Graduation certifications will only be performed for students who have submitted a completed Diploma Application. Students with an Arts & Sciences minor (non-RSBC discipline) should submit an Arts & Sciences Minor Certification Form or a Degree Navigator Minor Program sheet, by the publicized deadlines. Diploma Applications not filed by the stated deadline will not be processed for the stated graduation period.

Filing for Diploma

The Rutgers School of Business-Camden awards degrees three times a year: January, May, and October. To be considered for graduation, seniors must submit a Diploma Application online within the time frames outlined below.

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all the graduation requirements of the school, including certification of the major, have been fully met well before the expected date of graduation. Student records are officially closed upon graduation. A graduate cannot retroactively improve his or her cumulative grade-point average by completing work or taking additional courses after the degree has been conferred.

Application periods:

**Unless the application is filed by the appropriate deadline, the degree is not conferred and graduation is delayed.**

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must successfully earn at least 120 credits.
  2. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.
  3. Student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 in the Business Core.
  4. Students must have fulfilled all major prerequisite, general education and major requirements, with appropriate grades as listed on their curriculum worksheet, of the Rutgers School of Business-Camden, and the specific requirements of the major program of study.
  5. Students must complete 30 of their final 42 credits at Rutgers Camden, including at least 12 credits in the major.
  6. Students must have successfully discharged all academic, disciplinary and financial obligations to the University.

October and January Graduates

All graduates are encouraged to attend Commencement in May where diplomas will be awarded. Graduates who will not be attending Commencement may request the Registrar to mail their diplomas.

Minor Certification

Minors must be indicated on the online diploma application. Contact the Academic Services Office to have minors noted correctly on your academic record. Non-Business minors must be approved by the appropriate department via signed Minor Completion Form that is then submitted to the RSBC Academic Services Office. All minors must be declared and posted to student’s transcript prior to applying for a diploma.

Pre-Senior Year Academic Review

This is the process to review all work completed and provide a clear framework of all outstanding academic requirements needed for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a Senior Review two (2) semesters prior to their expected graduation date. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a Senior Review with the Academic Services Office.

Honors Program students should meet the Honors staff at least one (1) semester prior to the expected graduation date to certify the fulfillment of the Honors College requirements.

What Happens if degree requirements are not met?

Individuals who have not met their requirements for graduation will be notified. If a problem is discovered during the final certification process, notification will be made by certified mail or email. Students who are ineligible to graduate based on their grades will be notified by phone or email.

***Only students who have successfully completed all graduation requirements may participate in the commencement ceremony.***

Graduation with Honors

Honors designation is determined by the cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of graduation. Students may be eligible to graduate with honors if they complete at least 45 credits at Rutgers University as a matriculated student and earn the cumulative grade point averages listed below. Honors classifications are determined at the end of the student’s final semester. These averages are precise, rounding up is not done.

Honors scale:

Honors Convocation

The convocation will publicly recognize and honor students who have distinguished themselves by earning departmental academic honors. Student honorees will be contacted at a later date with more detailed information.

Honor Societies

Selection of qualified students for all honors societies is made based on their standing in February of the relevant academic year.

Alpha Sigma Lambda. This is an honor society for full- and part-time adult students. 

Athenaeum. The members of Athenaeum, the honor society of the college, are elected from the best scholars in the junior and senior classes. The Athenaeum honor society was founded in 1952 by Rutgers professors Weissman and Dr. Wentz to encourage and recognize academic excellence on the Rutgers University-Camden campus. Candidates for membership must be in their junior or senior year at Rutgers-Camden. Juniors must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 and have completed at least 80 credits at Rutgers–Camden by the end of the fall semester of their junior year. Seniors must have a minimum of a 3.5 and 60 credits earned at Rutgers–Camden by the end of the fall semester of their senior year. 

Beta Gamma Sigma. This is an international honor society, by invitation only, recognizing the academic achievements of students enrolled in business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. 

Mu Kappa Tau. This is the National Marketing Honor Society. By invitation of the Marketing faculty to qualified Marketing majors who have demonstrated academic excellence. 

New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Honor Society. The New Jersey Collegiate Business Administration Association established a statewide honor society for students studying business at both the two and four year colleges in New Jersey. Each year, the top 1 percent of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in business are invited to join.

Senior Portrait Sessions

Sessions will be held this year from TBD. Go to www.ouryear.com, and use school code 34 or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (687-9327) to schedule your appointment and to review appropriate dress code.

Graduation Regalia

Students may purchase regalia (caps, gowns, hoods) online at herff.ly/rucamden and purchase your graduation products through March 22. Regalia will be available for purchase in the University District Bookstore beginning March 26 through mid-May. The bookstore will hold a Graduation Fair on March 25th, with special promotions during that period. It is imperative that you provide the correct height, weight and degree (BS or BA) information to ensure that you receive the appropriate attire. Contact the Bookstore if you have any questions or concerns at 856-968-1200.
For refund on previously purchased regalia, please contact Commencement Specialists, Herff Jones College Division, at 1-800-837-4235.

Financial Aid

Students who received a Federal Loan while at Rutgers, are required to complete an Exit Interview. This can be completed online at studentaid.rutgers.edu/. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a financial hold placed on the transcript. To obtain a complete listing of all Federal loans received at Rutgers and any other school, visit https://myfedloan.org/.

Commencement Day Photographs

GradImages will be the official photographer for our commencement ceremonies. Your proofs will be ready to view online as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. If you have any questions after the ceremony about your photos, please contact the GradImages Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or giservice@gradimages.net.

To notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails, mails paper proofs, and you may opt for text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering will confirm your contact information to provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible and you’ll save 20% on any order of $50 or more.

To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://GradImages.com/Preregistration.  There is no obligation to order photos.

Physical Disabilities

Accommodations are made for graduates and their guests with physical disabilities and wheel chair accessible seating is available. An American Sign Language interpreter is provided for the ceremony, as well. You should contact contact Dr. Sam Rabinowitz ((856) 225-6709), if you need any special arrangements. Wheel chair accessible seating is available. For additional information on accommodations, please visit: https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement/special-needs

Courtesy

We ask that you behave courteously toward other graduates. This means no air horns or any disruptive sounds during the ceremony. University Police will confiscate noisemakers. Graduates are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony.

Rutgers University Alumni Association

The Rutgers University Alumni Association serves all alumni of Rutgers University. The purpose of the association is to advance the best interests and well-being of Rutgers University by engaging all alumni in the life of the institution through communication, programming, services, and volunteer opportunities. Membership in the RUAA is free and automatically granted to all graduates of Rutgers University, or any of its predecessor schools, upon graduation. For more information, visit us at Ralumni.com.

Graduation Surveys

The Career Center obtains information from each graduating class for the purpose of continually improving all the processes contributing to the career development and placement of our students. We are requesting your assistance in compiling an accurate and updated follow-up study. All information you provide will be kept confidential; only the summary tabulations of the responses will be shared with faculty and administrators.

Partnership Campuses & Online Degree Students

Students completing a Bachelor or Art in Business Administration (BBA) at one of our partnership campuses (Atlantic Cape, Burlington, Brookdale/Lincroft, Camden County, Mercer County) or via our fully online degree program, should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor/program manager to verify remaining degree requirements and next steps for successful program completion.

More Questions?

Contact AcadSvcs@camden.rutgers.edu

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Fall 2020 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, May 25, 2020. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled.

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.

Requirements

Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require

  1. completed application form (submitted online and found elsewhere on this website),
  2. a personal essay, and
  3. two letters of recommendation (one academic; one other).

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are rquired to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occur primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications For BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

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  • Please write a short essay between 150 to 350 words, in which you discuss the reasons why your application should be considered for the Business Leader Development Program, including what you hope to gain from the program and what you can contribute.

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