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 250th Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. Doors will open earlier this year. Please check back.

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. Learn more about what to expect during Commencement.

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.

Ticketing, Transportation, and Stadium Entry Information

  • Ticketing: Tickets are required to attend University Commencement at the stadium on May 15. Please visit out Ticketing Information page for details.
  • Parking and Getting Around: Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on campus that day. Please visit our Parking Guidelines for more information. Learn more about public transportation options. Remember: All taxi and/or car services, including UBER, are only permitted to drop off guests at the College Avenue Student center. There is no curbside drop-off at the stadium.
  • Stadium Entry and Security: There will be a security check at the stadium. All attendees will be required to show a photo identification along with their barcoded ticket when entering the stadium. Bags, purses, and umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium. Clear bags of any kind are also prohibited.
  • Accessibility Information: For students and guests who require special transportation accommodations or have mobility challenges, please visit our Accessibility Information page.

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.


Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on New Brunswick-area campuses on May 15. Visit Parking Guidelines for how to plan ahead. 

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 the vendor.

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