Rutgers–Camden Announces Commencement 2018 Keynote Speakers

Anita Hill, a national figure leading the #TimesUp movement against sexual harassment, is among the prominent speakers who will deliver keynote addresses during commencement ceremonies for the graduating Class of 2018 at Rutgers University–Camden.

Approximately 1,800 students will receive their bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and Juris Doctor degrees during five separate events at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront on Wednesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 17. Rutgers–Camden will present an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Hill during the Rutgers Law School ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17.

Linda J. Stierle

Linda J. Stierle

Linda J. Stierle, a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force and the retired chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association, will deliver the keynote address during commencement exercises for the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16. In 2000, Stierle retired from a distinguished career of military service after serving as the 12th chief of the Nurse Corps and director of medical readiness and nursing services for the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. She then served as CEO of the American Nurses Association, which is one of America’s largest and oldest professional nurses associations. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Stierle to a five-year term on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she served as vice chair of the board.

Sandy J. Stewart

Sandy J. Stewart

Sandy J. Stewart, co-founder and retired CEO of Paradigm Genetics (now Cogenics Icoria Inc.), will deliver the keynote address during the Rutgers–Camden Graduate School commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. A highly respected biotech industry entrepreneur and scientist, Stewart co-founded several biotechnology companies, including Immunovation and Paradigm Genetics, which spanned functional genomics, proteomics, and immunology into drug development and diagnostics. He was one of the first in the world to advance the technology of biochemical profiling allowing ultra-high throughput analysis and, subsequently, created a new field of science called metabolomics. During his career, Stewart has worked with the American Red Cross and the United Nations on HIV and Prionics AG on bovine spongiform encephalitis, more commonly known as “mad cow disease.” He is the first Rutgers University–Camden graduate to chair the Rutgers Board of Governors.

Dana Redd

Dana Redd

Dana Redd, chief executive officer of the Rowan University/Rutgers–Camden Board of Governors and former mayor of the City of Camden, will deliver the keynote address during the commencement ceremony for the Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Redd is responsible for growing research and education programs in the biosciences in the City of Camden in order to strengthen the economic vitality of the city and the region. A former New Jersey state senator, Redd completed two successful terms and stepped down as Camden mayor in January 2018. Under her leadership, Camden successfully transitioned from state takeover to local control and earned its first investment grade rating in more than 15 years. Redd is a graduate of Rutgers University–Camden.

Anita Hill

Anita Hill

Anita Hill, a professor of social policy, law, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and will deliver the keynote address the graduation ceremony for Rutgers Law School in Camden at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17. A prolific author, commentator, and scholar whose perspectives have contributed to the national dialogue about equitable treatment in the workplace and in society for more than 25 years, Hill sparked national awareness of sexual harassment after her testimony during confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in 1991. Her experiences made her a symbol for conversations about workplace misconduct, inequality, and discrimination, and her courageous refusal to be silent and her steadfast commitment to fighting sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination have persisted for more than a quarter of a century.

Stephen Tullman

Stephen Tullman

Stephen Tullman, co-founder and managing partner of NeXeption, will deliver the keynote address for the Rutgers School of Business–Camden at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Based in Malvern, Pa., NeXeption builds innovative companies by bringing together pharmaceutical product opportunities, management expertise, and the necessary funding to rapidly advance therapies through clinical and regulatory milestones. A graduate of the Rutgers–Camden business school, Tullman has co-founded numerous companies. His career spans more than 25 years of biopharmaceutical global commercialization and drug development experience.

All Rutgers University–Camden commencement services will be held at the BB&T Pavilion, located on the Camden Waterfront.

Learn more about the commencement ceremonies at Rutgers–Camden.

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