Rutgers University Commencement
Plan for a special day by joining us for the 251st Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium on Rutgers' Busch Campus in Piscataway, New Jersey. Gates open at 8 a.m. This year's event is particularly special with it being on Mother's Day.
Be sure to enjoy the festivities with your family, friends, and fellow students from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Remember, graduation is made up of two great events: the big celebration at the stadium, where you'll see your name scroll on the stadium ribbon board and enjoy special videos such as graduate shout-outs to family and friends, photo montages, and more. With thousands of guests saluting the culmination of your achievement, it will be a day you will never forget. You may invite as many guests as you like and tickets are not required for University Commencement in High Point Solutions Stadium. Don’t miss it.
Rutgers is proud to welcome our 251st Anniversary Commencement Speaker Steven Van Zandt, right, legendary musician, actor, and human rights activist. Van Zandt will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree.
The university is also honored to bestow an honorary doctor of science degree upon Harvey J. Makadon, a physician and tireless advocate for the poor, the homeless, patients living with HIV, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community.
Commencement Parking Hangtag Registration
The registration period for graduating students to register for up to two free Commencement parking hangtags has ended. Through May 1, graduating students and guests may purchase Commencement parking hangtags online on our Parking Guidelines page.
- Hangtag Delivery: If you registered for parking hangtags online, please expect delivery via mail by early May to the address you provided during registration.
- Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 14.
- All students and guests, who wish to park on campus on May 14, must have a Commencement parking hangtag. Visit our Parking Guidelines for details.
Your other must-attend ceremony is a smaller convocation where you’ll join with your graduating class and receive individual recognition. Convocations will be held in the days surrounding Rutgers University Commencement. Schools hold convocations with their own distinctive traditions including special speakers, ceremonies, and student citations. Some convocations require tickets. See our listing of school convocations.
Ceremonies in Newark and Camden
Students graduating from the schools affiliated with Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden will celebrate Commencement on their respective campuses. Learn more:
Step 1: Academic Status
Step 2: Commencement Parking Hangtag Registration
Step 3: Clear All Outstanding Financial Obligations
Step 4: Purchase Your Academic Regalia
Don't forget to purchase your cap and gown. All students who plan to participate on the field at the stadium during University Commencement and in individual school convocation ceremonies must wear academic regalia. Visit the Steps to Commencement page for more information.