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. Stadium gates open at 8 a.m. and shuttle buses start running at 7 a.m. Please arrive early, as you will be subject to airport-like screening as you enter the stadium. Graduating students attending University Commencement must be on line at the stadium no later than 9:30 a.m. to go through security. Once you are in the stadium, you will not be permitted to leave until after University Commencement ends. View the stadium map (PDF).

All guests must have a ticket in order to enter the stadium for University Commencement. A security check and valid photo ID is required for entry. See the Stadium Policies for lists of permitted and prohibited items. Parking for this event is by Commencement hangtag only. Please be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and to keep checking the Latest Updates page 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:

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 inside the stadium for your graduate. For convenience, you may also preorder items. For details, visit Gifts for Graduates. Please note that outside flowers cannot be brought into the stadium during University Commencement.  Please see the Stadium Policies page for details.

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