Congratulations, Graduating Douglass Seniors!

The 2020 Douglass Convocation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM on Antilles Field.

You are among the most important people who will be there. You can find all Douglass Convocation information below:


2020 Douglass Convocation Speaker: Debra Joy Perez

Debra Joy Pérez, PhD is SVP of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity at Simmons University. Prior to joining Simmons, she was Chief Measurement, Evaluation and Learning Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF). As Chief, she works closely with the grant making teams to advance the organization’s work in science, environmental conservation, patient care, and in the Bay Area. Debra has extensive experience in leading research, evaluation and monitoring practices in philanthropy. She has been a leader in advancing evidence-based practices in evaluation and building new fields of research. Debra has been involved in recruiting and developing evaluation teams across multiple program areas in three major foundations over the last twenty years. At GBMF, Dr. Pérez develops and operationalizes a strengthened approach to measurement, evaluation and learning for the foundation, and designs the structures and processes to support this work throughout the organization, including the integration of measurement and evaluation processes with program design, adaptive management and continuous learning. Prior to joining Moore, Dr. Pérez was Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF). At AECF, Dr. Pérez was a member of the senior leadership team where she implemented new approaches for program performance measurement and management that align with program strategy and funding priorities.

Prior to joining AECF, Dr. Perez was the Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she focused on improving the quality of healthcare, reducing disparities and building the field of Public Health Services and Systems Research.

Debra earned a bachelor’s in communication from Douglass College; a master’s in social science and women’s studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England; a master of public administration from Baruch College, City University of New York; and a PhD in health policy from Harvard University. Dr. Pérez is a mentor of emerging and mid-career professionals interested in becoming public leaders. Debra serves as an advisory committee member for the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources. She has received multiple awards including the 2010 Latino Trendsetter Award, the 2011 YWCA Women of Industry Award and the 2015 Hispanics Inspiring Student Achievement (HISPA) Leadership in Mentoring award. In 2015, she has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She is a 2016 Hispanics in Philanthropy HIPGiver and was featured in Latina Style Magazine as one of the Latina leaders in philanthropy.



Shout Out Days

Rutgers Day
Voorhees Mall
Rain or Shine


Barnes and Noble Announcements

You can purchase regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, tassels)
from the Rutgers Bookstore.

You can pre-order online from February 15 to March 22, for pick-up beginning April 24. Available to purchase in store starting April 5, 2019.

Grad Fair at the bookstore from April 24-25 from 10:00am-6:00pm where all vendors will participate.


Qualifications for Leadership Cords:

Available for Douglass seniors who have been involved in Douglass and RU student organizations, including:

  • Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program
  • Douglass Arts Advisory Board
  • Douglass Big/Little Program
  • Douglass Black Students Congress
  • Douglass DIVAS
  • Douglass Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors
  • Douglass Friends of UNFPA
  • Douglass Global Ambassadors
  • Douglass Governing Council
  • Douglass Media Team
  • Douglass Not Alone
  • Douglass Orientation Committee
  • DRC- Honors College Collaboration Executive Board
  • Housing Recruitment Committee
  • Douglass Honors College Connection
  • Muslim Feminists for the Arts
  • Peer Academic Leaders
  • Red Pine Ambassadors
  • STEM Ambassadors
  • Douglass Student Recruitment Network
  • Douglass Summer Orientation Leaders
  • Traditional Events Committee
  • The Beehive
  • Women’s Center Coalition
  • Women’s International and Multicultural Assoc. (WIMA)
  • Women Organizing Against Harassment
  • Executive Board member of a Douglass/University Student Organizations, etc.



Parking Directions

  • Parking deck behind the Douglass Student Center
  • Lot 70
  • 69 (Ruth Adams-Douglass Project)
  • 73 (Nicholas Music Hall)
  • 74A (New Gibbons)
  • 79 (Hickman Hall) – Disabled Parking Pass required, and used for handicap drop-off and parking
  • 79A (Hickman Hall)– Disabled Parking Pass required, and used for handicap drop-off and parking

Please note that Rutgers Police will be adding to Waze, Google maps, Apple maps, and TomTom, in real time on graduation days to note any road closures or other issues.