Rutgers University Commencement

Graduating Students

Congratulations, graduates! Your hard work has paid off. Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate by attending University Commencement and your school's convocation.

Rutgers University Commencement

Celebrate your achievement during the 250th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. Stadium gates open at 8 a.m. and shuttle buses start running at 7 a.m. Plan to 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. Please check back for the latest updates. View the stadium map (PDF).

Walking from New Brunswick to the Stadium: If you plan to walk to the ceremony from the College Avenue Campus, please do not use the Landing Lane Bridge; take the walking path over Route 18 instead. View a map of walking directions (PDF).

All graduating students and their guests must have a photo ID and ticket in order to enter the stadium for Rutgers University Commencement. Graduating students may not bring cameras or flowers into the stadium. See the Stadium Policies page for a list of permitted and prohibited items. Commencement Parking hangtags are required to park on New Brunswick-area campuses on May 15. Please be sure to visit our Latest Updates and  Frequently Asked Questions pages.

At this much anticipated ceremony, the president of the university will confer all Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded throughout the academic year. Learn more about what to expect during Commencement.

School Convocations

Schools also hold convocations with their own distinctive traditions where you will receive individual recognition. For the date and location of your school's convocation, visit:

Check with your individual school's dean's office for further details and information on tickets or limits on convocation guests.


Sharing the news of your upcoming graduation with friends and family is very exciting. Download commemorative announcements from this website.

Academic Regalia

Please see our Academic Regalia page for more information on purchasing your cap and gown for Commencement.

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 the photos online and purchase them directly from GradImages.

Check with your school to determine if you have any additional school-specific photo opportunities.