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Class of 2020

Finally, Your Celebration!

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After years of sacrifice and hard work—by you and your families—you earned your Rutgers University–Newark degree! At long last, we get to celebrate in person!

Rutgers–Newark will host in-person, school-based events to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020. We are pleased to announce that the following dates have been chosen for those celebrations: 

November 10
9 a.m.: School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (SASN) Celebration for Undergraduate and Graduate Class of 2020

2 p.m.: SASN Celebration for Undergraduate and Graduate Class of 2021

Please save the date for these events. Details of each celebration will be announced by the schools in the coming weeks.

All ceremonies will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center! Health and safety guidelines for NJPAC may be found here: Please take special note of NJPAC’s requirements for masking, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

If you have not yet bought your regalia, you can buy it by clicking on the link below, and it will be shipped to your home address (expected delivery date on or before October 30, 2021).

For SASN, SPAA, and SCJ Undergraduate and Graduate Celebrants




Congratulations Class of 2020! 

You did it! We are so proud of all your accomplishments. Check back here regularly in the coming weeks for updates and more senior spotlights. 


Virtual Graduate Recognition

Rutgers University-Newark is proud to honor and recognize all of our 2020 graduates! The Virtual Graduate Recognition Ceremony premiered at 10am EST on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, featuring words of congratulations and inspiration from Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Cory Booker, speaker Angie Martinez, and featuring SASN's own Esder Chong as this year's student speaker. 



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Senior Tribute Week (May 11-15)

In lieu of the SASN Annual Awards' Night that would have taken place this May, we honored these special seniors right here in a virtual Senior Tribute Week with daily videos posted throughout this week of May 11th announcing award winners in the Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, and more!

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Honors College Convocation 2020 

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Welcome to the Spring Convocation 2020 page for this year's graduating class. Learn more about the graduates, their research and remarks, hear congratulatory messages from alumni, the HCSC, and Director Troiano below. Congratulations, seniors! 

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Our heartfelt congratulations to the very special class of 2020! View the names of the graduates, Phi Alpha Theta initiates, and department award winners.

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Senior Spotlight

Class of 2020's Renaldo Chavis is Using Education to Transform and Empower

The more I began to embrace it, the more I appreciated education.

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Renaldo Chavis
Jenn Dios

Senior Spotlight

Class of 2020's Jennifer Dios Aims to Better the World Through Technology

“In high school I was very unsure of where I wanted to go. I always knew about Rutgers-Newark and once I ended up applying, it just felt right,” Dios stated. 

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Class of 2020

Senior Social Work Major Keith Sheppard Goes from Gang to Graduation in 2020

“My daughter taught me the value of life. And Rutgers-Newark gave me support and an opportunity. Without them I would not be here today.”

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Keith Sheppard
Natacha Ramos

Senior Spotlight

Natacha Ramos Da Silva Lima DREAMs Big and Makes the Most of Her Opportunity at RU-N

“To get a full-ride acceptance was beyond my dreams, but getting accepted was my first step toward giving back to my parents."

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Senior Spotlight

Daniel Pyle

Chemistry Senior Daniel Pyle chose the University of Chicago after being accepted into doctoral programs at institutions that include Cornell, Yale and Columbia.

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Sophie at home

Senior Spotlight

Sophie Kim

Political Science and BA/JD student Sophie Kim is planning to attend Rutgers Law this fall as part of the Minority Student Program, so she can fulfill her dream of becoming an attorney.

Senior Spotlight

Emely Guevara

Emely Guevara recently addressed her fellow graduates around the world as a virtual valedictorian in a celebrity-studded global virtual graduation. 

Emely Guevara
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2020 Graphic Design BFA Exhibition

"Represent" The Graduating Class of BFA's

23 transmedia projects explore identity and representation in an unprecedented semester of the Graphic Design capstone.

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Congratulations African American & African Studies graduates!


Congratulations Psychology graduates!


From the Office of Academic Services -- Congrats Graduates! 

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Senior Spotlight

Anthony Ghaly

Anthony Ghaly will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall for Law School, but he's already more than made his mark at Rutgers-Newark and beyond. 

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Are you part of the SASN Class of 2020? Do you have a story to tell us about your time here, or your summer and future plans? We want to hear from you! Send an email to