Rutgers University Commencement Information for Family & Friends

Family & Friends

It takes a lot of hard work to earn a college degree. You—the friends and family 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 historic 250th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. This event will celebrate our graduating class from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

President Barack ObamaRutgers is proud to welcome our 250th Anniversary Commencement Speaker Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States.

The university will bestow an honorary doctor of laws degree upon Bill Moyers, distinguished journalist and president of the Schumann Media Center, and an honorary doctor of science degree upon pioneering researcher S. Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Please be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and to keep checking back for details as we get closer to the event.

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. Dates and locations for your school's convocation will be posted soon:

Parking and Getting Around 

Be sure you have your special Commencement parking hangtag. See the Parking Guidelines page for details. For guests who require special transportation accommodations or have mobility challenges, please visit our Accessibility Information page.

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 the vendor.    

For Purchase at the Stadium

You can buy flowers and other gifts at the stadium for your graduate. For convenience, you may also preorder items. For details, visit Gifts for Graduates.

Indoor and Off-Site Viewing Options

Take advantage of these alternative viewing options:

  • Live Streaming Webcast: You can view University Commencement online from this website, starting at 12:30 p.m. on May 15. A high-speed internet connection, such as cable or fiber optic network, is recommended.
  • Student Centers: Watch the ceremony from the comfort of indoor viewing rooms in the Busch Student Center, Livingston Student Center, or College Avenue Student Center. Situated indoors, guests can enjoy watching a live stream of University Commencement and the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation in the comfort of air conditioning and cushioned seats, and remain out of the sun and weather. Convenience stores, concessions, and restrooms will be open. Curbside drop-off to any of the these student centers is available as well. No tickets are required and seating is general admission.

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