Parking Guidelines

With more than 50,000 people expected on our campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017, we know that parking will be challenging.

Remember

  • Stadium gates open at 8 a.m.
  • Graduating Students should arrive no later than 9 a.m. and should go to the marshaling area at the south end of the stadium (under the video board). Find your school in the marshaling area to prepare for the academic procession.
  • Commencement begins promptly at 10 a.m.
  • Maps and Directions: Bring the maps, directions, and hangtags that you receive via mail with you on May 14. View directions and maps online:
  • Shuttle Buses: Start running at 7 a.m. Guests and students can take the complimentary shuttle from the Livingston Campus Orange Parking Zone and College Avenue White Parking Zones.
    • Livingston Campus Orange Parking Zone Shuttle Stop: Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) (to Practice Bubble on the Busch Campus)
    • College Avenue Campus White Parking Zone Shuttle Stops:
      • New Brunswick Train Station: Shuttle buses will pick up/drop off passengers in front of the train station on Albany Street/Route 27 in New Brunswick in front of Dunkin' Donuts.
        College Avenue Student Center/Gym
      • Shuttle takes you to Lot 48 on the Busch Campus
  • No Commencement Parking Hangtag? Please plan to pay $5 at the cash lots on Livingston Campus in Piscataway or park in downtown New Brunswick and take the shuttle bus from the Albany Street train station. Complimentary shuttle buses are available from both campuses to the stadium.  See the campus overview map for shuttle stop locations.
  • There will be a security check when entering the stadium: Bags or purses larger than 4½ by 6½ inches will not be permitted in the stadium. You may carry items in a clear plastic bag up to one gallon in size. Cameras and binoculars (without their bags) and seat cushions may be carried in on their own. More details are available online at scarletknights.com/tickets/bagpolicy.html. Strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium. Umbrellas and balloons are not permitted.
  • Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 14.
  • If you are attending events, such as school convocations, on days other than May 14, 2017, you do not need a Commencement parking hangtag.
  • If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health issues, or mobility challenges, and find it difficult to walk long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page.

Plan Ahead

To help make this a great day for everyone, please follow these plans.

  • University Commencement is held rain or shine. Umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium, so please remember to bring a rain poncho, in the case of inclement weather. Graduating students on the field will be provided with ponchos. Also, please remember to wear and bring sunscreen and/or a hat.
  • Walking distances from your car to the stadium may be as much as 1½ miles. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • For those who are unable to walk long distances, and who have not registered for a special-needs parking hangtag, Livingston Campus parking is recommended. If you have not registered to park on the Livingston Campus, please see our Parking Guidelines page for your parking options.
  • You are encouraged to arrive early. Expect traffic delays and allow additional travel time. We recommend that you carpool or consider taking public transportation to campus.
  • Taking a taxi or car service? The College Avenue Student Center, located at 126 College Avenue in New Brunswick, is the designated drop-off location for those taking a taxi or car service, such as Lyft and Uber. A complimentary shuttle is available to the stadium.
  • Watch the Livestream Online from Anywhere or Indoors at Campus Locations: There are indoor viewing options at the Busch, Livingston, and College Avenue student centers or online from this website on May 14 beginning at 10 a.m. to enjoy Commencement.
  • What to know the general area where your graduate will sit on the field? View and download the stadium seating map. Be sure to know his or her school affiliation.
  • For questions related to special needs, contact 848-932-2469.

Use Our Commencement Shuttle Service

Taxi or Car Service Drop Off Location

  • Taking a taxi or car service? The College Avenue Student Center, located at 126 College Avenue in New Brunswick, is the designated drop-off location for those taking a taxi or car service, such as Lyft and Uber.

Parking Registration Periods

 

Registration Period Description
March 20, 10 a.m.
–May 9, 10 a.m.
Special-Needs Parking: If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health issue, or mobility challenge, and find it difficult to walk long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page
After May 1, 10 a.m. No Parking Hangtag? Please plan to pay $5 at the cash lots on Livingston Campus in Piscataway.  View and download Livingston Campus maps. On the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, on-street and paid municipal lots are available.