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Virtual Convocation

Rutgers School of Public Health Virtual Convocation

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2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Awardee & Convocation Speaker

Laurie Garrett Headshot

Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, has been named the 2021 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Awardee by the Rutgers School of Public Health. She will serve as the School’s speaker at their 38th graduation ceremony, which will virtually launch on May 14, 2021.

Garrett is a leading scientific journalist, immunologist, and population advocate with research focused on newly emerging diseases, bioterrorism, and public health and national security. She is also the best-selling author of four books and the only person to win the three “Ps” of journalism - the Peabody, the Polk, and the Pulitzer. She is the example of knowledge-based journalism, dedicated to educating others and positively impacting policy change. As a trained immunologist, Garrett’s research and career has focused on the vigilant documentation of and personal immersion into global outbreaks, such as Ebola, AIDS and COVID-19, and the implications of public health infrastructure.

Her prerecorded remarks will be available on this webpage, beginning on May 14, 2021. To learn more about Garrett, click here.

End-Of-Year Awards

Show Your Pride

Virtual Photo Booth

Virtually place yourself on campus by uploading a photo below and then choose from a selection of Rutgers School of Public Health backgrounds!

Visit the Rutgers School of Public Health’s Virtual Photobooth


None of the Rutgers School of Public Health’s virtual graduation activities or ceremonies will require students to purchase or rent regalia. However, graduating students who are interested in ordering regalia can place their order here. The deadline to order regalia is by April 16, 2021.

Order regalia here

Additional Graduation-Related Events

Rutgers-University Commencement

Commencement is a university-wide opportunity to celebrate graduates across all degrees, programs, and schools at Rutgers University – New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences. Rutgers University’s Commencement will launch on May 16, 2021. Learn more about Rutgers University Commencement

Rutgers Alumni Association Coffee Break

An opportunity to Grab a coffee and take a break to learn about all the benefits that come along with your FREERUAA membership!

All registrants will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card! RSVP here.

May 10, 2021, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. EST

School Ceremonies

Additional graduation-related events are open via special invitation only. For additional information on any of the events listed below, please email the Rutgers School of Public Health’s Office of Student Support Services.

  • All-School Awards Ceremony
    An opportunity to recognize Rutgers School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff end-of-year awardees. Special registration required.
    May 11, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Delta Omega Induction Ceremony
    A ceremony to highlight and welcome our new inductees to the Delta Omega Honor Society. Special registration required.
    May 13, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
  • Doctoral Student Ceremony
    A special event to honor our doctoral (PhD/DrPH) graduates from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. Special registration required.
    May 14, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Graduate Highlights

Graduate Exit Survey

Take the Rutgers School of Public Health Exit Survey today!

The survey provides you another opportunity to reflect on your experience as a student and let us know how you feel the degree you obtained here has prepared you for your future professional and academic career. Your responses for this survey will be anonymous, but you will have an option to complete a follow-up non-anonymous component to inform us how you would like to remain engaged with the School as an alumnus and enter for a chance to win one of three exclusive Rutgers School of Public Health swag packets!