Rutgers University Commencement

Graduating Students

Congratulations, graduates. Your hard work has paid off. Be sure to invite your family and friends to celebrate with you and our community from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Rutgers University Commencement

Celebrate your achievement during the 251st Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

At this much anticipated ceremony for graduating students of Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the president of the university will confer all undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded throughout the academic year. Plan now to enjoy the day:

  • Special Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on campus on Sunday, May 14. See our Parking & Getting Around section for more maps and directions.
    •  If you do not have a parking hangtag? Please plan to pay $5 to park in the cash lots on Livingston Campus. You can take the complimentary shuttle to the stadium. Directions to Livingston Campus. Please see the Parking Guidelines page for details and directions.
  • You can invite as many guests as you'd like, as tickets are not required for Commencement at the stadium.
  • Stadium gates will open at 8 a.m. on May 14. Students should arrive in the marshaling area at the south end of the stadium no later than 9 a.m. Please arrive earlier if you plan to take photos with GradImages. The procession onto the field will begin promptly at 10 a.m.
  • Visit our Steps to Commencement for Graduating Students to learn more about preparing for the big day.
  • Tickets are no longer available for the Audi Rutgers Club at the stadium.

What to Expect at University Commencement

Learn more about where to go when you arrive at the stadium, lining up in the marshaling area, traditions, and more on our What to Expect at University Commencement page. Download the stadium seating/marshaling map.

School Convocations

Schools also hold convocations with their own distinctive traditions where you will receive individual recognition. Check with your individual school's dean's office for further details and information on tickets or limits on convocation guests. Learn more about your School's Convocation.


Sharing the news of your upcoming graduation with friends and family is very exciting.  We'll be making this easier for you by providing downloadable PDF announcements. Download commemorative announcements from this website.

Academic Regalia

All students, including those in the Armed Forces, who plan to participate on the field at the stadium during University Commencement and in individual convocation ceremonies must wear academic regalia. Regalia will be available for purchase through Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers bookstore in New Brunswick. Learn more about obtaining your regalia on the Barnes & Noble at Rutgers website.

Students in the schools affiliated with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences may purchase regalia available exclusively online at from March 6 to April 22.  School of Nursing students can learn more at School of Pharmacy students can visit Barnes & Noble in New Brunswick for regalia information.

Don't forget to pick up any honor society or other recognition cords and stoles, if applicable.

Mark the Moment

You can have professional photos taken outside the stadium before and after the ceremony. Following Commencement, you will be able to view photos online through the GradImages website and purchase them directly from the vendor. Check with your school to determine if you have any additional school-specific photo opportunities.

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