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 251th 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.

Special Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on campus on Sunday, May 14. See our Parking & Getting Around section for more information.


Graduating students must register online to receive up to two free Commencement parking hangtags beginning on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. Parking is assigned by zone on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check back in March to register for your Commencement parking hangtags. 

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. Please check back. School convocation information will be posted in January.


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. Check back in the spring for your school's announcement.

Academic Regalia

All students who plan to participate on the field at the stadium during University Commencement and in individual convocation ceremonies must wear academic regalia. Those in the Armed Forces must also wear academic regalia. Military uniforms may be worn underneath academic gowns. Regalia will be available for purchase beginning April 3, 2017. Students in the schools affiliated with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences may only purchase regalia online. Check back for links and watch for email from your school. Pick up any honor society or other recognition cords and stoles, if applicable.

Attend the Grad Fair on April 12: Stop by Barnes & Noble at Rutgers, located at 100 Somerset Street in New Brunswick, to purchase your cap and gown, learn about and see the selection of class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames, and much more during this exciting time.

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.

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