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The largest graduating class in the history of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, gathered at Highpoint Solutions Stadium for the 248th anniversary commencement on May 18.

With the establishment of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, more than 16,000 graduates received degrees this year.

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Continuing the tradition started in 2011, Rutgers Business School graduates participating in the university-wide commencement ceremony were led by recipients of the RBS Distinguished Leadership Award. The three 2014 award winners carried the Rutgers Business School bell in the procession.

The award recognizes student leaders from the undergraduate programs in Newark and New Brunswick as well as a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, service to RBS and leadership potential. The name of each recipient is engraved on the bell.

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Why Rutgers MBA students are highly sought after by U.S. bio-pharmaceutical industry

Rutgers Business School sits at the crossroads of the bio-pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey and New York, and it supplies the industry's leading companies with experts in the areas of supply chain, marketing and finance.

"We have hired several Rutgers students in the last couple of years, and they are all thriving at Bayer," said Mike Crocker, director of Integrated Hospital Systems, Managed Markets at Bayer Pharmaceuticals. "There's been a tremendous brand developed here, a unique, one-of-a-kind brand."

Listen to what other top industry recruiters have to say about the quality of students who graduate with a Rutgers MBA in Pharmaceutical Management and some of the things that set the program apart.

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Winners of the Distinguished Leadership Award reflect on how Rutgers prepared them for the future: Sarah A. Jeffers, Reilly J. Nuckel, Cynthia J. Trujillo

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