A group of Rutgers Graduates

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.

Steven Van ZandtRutgers 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.

School Convocations

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:

Rutgers University–Newark Commencement
Rutgers University–Camden Commencement


      Commencement on Instagram

Step 1: Academic Status

  • Check with your adviser or dean early in the semester to ensure you meet all the requirements to graduate this May. 

Step 2: Commencement Parking Hangtag Registration

  • The registration period for graduating students to register for free Commencement parking hangtags has ended. Through May 1, Commencement parking hangtags may be purchased for $5. Parking zones are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our Parking Guidelines page for details.

Step 3: Clear All Outstanding Financial Obligations

  • All financial obligations to the university must be cleared before you can receive your degree.
  • Be sure to return all items borrowed from the Rutgers University Libraries and to clear any outstanding financial obligations, such as parking tickets.
  • To learn more about financial holds and loan exit counseling, visit the Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashiering website.

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.