Family, Friends & Alumni

Family, Friends & Alumni

It takes a lot of hard work to earn a college degree. You—the friends, family, and fellow alumni of Rutgers graduates—have provided care, guidance, and support to the students receiving diplomas. So as much as Rutgers University Commencement marks a day of congratulations, it's also one of pride and gratitude.

Rutgers University Commencement

Join in the celebration of the 251st Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  Gates open at 8 a.m. and tickets are not required to attend Commencement. During the ceremony, President Barchi will confer degrees on all graduating students from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Steven Van ZandtRutgers will 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 will also 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 Hangtags Required

Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on campus on Sunday, May 14, 2017. From March 20 to April 17, graduating students can register for up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests. If parking hangtags remain, anyone may purchase hangtags online for $5 from April 17 to May 1. Parking hangtags will be mailed. Visit our Parking Guidelines for details.

School Convocations

Graduating students will also enjoy additional recognition and festivities at individual school convocations and ceremonies held at various times in the days around Rutgers University Commencement. Please check with your student's school for details and information on tickets or limits on guests. To learn more about each school's convocation, visit our School Convocations page. 

Alumni Guests

Graduation ceremonies can be a great time for Rutgers alumni to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones. Alumni are also invited to participate as volunteers. For details, please visit our Instructions for Volunteers page. 

Tickets are not required to attend the 251st Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and stadium gates open at 8 a.m. Remember, Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on campus that day. Visit our Parking Guidelines for details.

Mark the Moment


Family and friends can have professional photos taken outside the stadium before and after the ceremony. You will be able to view the photos online and purchase them from Grad Images. Check the Grad Images website to learn more about obtaining photos from Rutgers' graduation ceremonies.

GIFTS FOR Grads available online and for preorder

Celebrate your graduate with a special gift. Choose from a variety of momentos, from personalized diploma frames to Rutgers gear available at Barnes and Noble at Rutgers bookstore. You can also preorder flowers, Class of 2017, and other gifts. Check out our Gifts for Grads page for details.

Need to Make a Hotel Reservation?

Whatever your budgetary and scheduling requirements, as well as culinary favorites, the greater New Brunswick region has lodging and dining options to meet your needs. Be sure to search in the towns closest to Rutgers campus, including: New Brunswick, Piscataway, Highland Park, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, and Somerset. Visit our Campus Travel page for more on New Brunswick Campus lodging accommodations.