Parking Guidelines

With more than 40,000 people expected on our New Brunswick Campus on Sunday, May 17, 2015, we know that parking will be challenging. Parking on campus will be limited, so you must display a Commencement hangtag to gain access to our lots on May 17. Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will notbe valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 17. 

Registration for Commencement hangtags is now closed.

If you have not secured your Commencement parking hangtag, you have two options:

  1. Park on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway and pay $5 (cash only) when you arrive. See the Livingston Campus map and/or download the [PDF] for parking and shuttle locations. Not sure where the Livingston Campus is? Take a look at the overview map of the entire campus.
  2. Anyone can park in available on-street, public spaces or in the paid public lots in downtown New Brunswick, then take the Commencement shuttle to the stadium from one of two stops: College Avenue Student Center/Brower Commons or in front of the New Brunswick Train Station on Albany Street/Route 27. See the College Avenue map and/or download the [PDF] for parking and shuttle locations.

Special-needs parking is available: Please see the options below for students/guests who have obtained a Commencement Special-Needs Parking Hangtag or for those who have not. 

Plan Ahead

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

  • Look at our Ceremony Section and Maps and Directions pages to identify when and where all of your events will take place, as well as parking and shuttle locations.
  • As traffic volume will be heavy, we recommend that you carpool or consider taking public transportation to campus.
  • Remember to bring your parking hangtag with you. Please follow the instructions provided with your parking hangtag. Be sure to enter the campus at the designated entrances. See the Maps and Directions page for more information.
  • There will be a security check when entering the stadium: Bags or purses larger than 4 ½ by 6 ½ inches will not be permitted in the stadium. Cameras and binoculars (without a bag), umbrellas, and seat cushions may be carried in on their own or in a clear plastic bag. Strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs are permitted into the stadium.
  • Special-needs parking is available. Please see the options below if you have obtained a Commencement Special-Needs Parking Hangtag or for those who have not. 

Use Our Commencement Shuttle Service

  • Rutgers campus buses will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from parking lots on Busch Campus, College Avenue Campus, and Livingston Campus every 3–5 minutes, starting at 8 a.m. and running into the evening.

 Guests with Disabilities/Special Needs

  • If you require a wheelchair for mobility, you must bring your own chair. Walkers and wheelchairs are permitted in the stadium.
  • Depending on your arrival time at the stadium, you may have a distance to travel within the stadium itself to the next available special-needs seat, and we want you to be aware of this prior to your arrival. We recommend you bring a walker or wheelchair if walking a distance is a challenge.
  • Please see event staff and volunteers at the stadium for more information.
  • For school convocations, check with your individual school for special-needs parking and seating arrangements.

Special-Needs Seating/Ticket Information

  • Limited special-needs seating is available at the stadium.
  • You may use any gate to enter the stadium.
  • Upon arrival in the stadium, individuals with special needs and one companion will be provided with tickets to sit in the special-needs seating section on a first-come, first-served basis. You will proceed to the next available special-needs seat on the street-level row, or one row down from this.
  • Family members may sit in rows adjacent to, but not in, the special-needs area.

Special-Needs Parking if You Have a Commencement Special-Needs Parking Hangtag

  • If you ordered a special-needs Commencement hangtag in advance, please follow the instructions provided with your parking hangtag. Please be sure to bring your special Commencement hangtag; it must be displayed in order to access this parking area. You must enter the lot via River Road only.
  • University Commencement is being held in a stadium. There will not be any curbside drop-off available, so moderate walking will be involved to get to the stadium and to seating.

Special-Needs Parking if You Do Not Have a Commencement Special-Needs Parking Hangtag

  • You will park on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway in the Green Lot, which may be accessed via Avenue E to Hospital Road. After parking, you must pay $5 to the parking attendant. See the Livingston Campus map and/or download the [PDF] for parking and shuttle locations. Prior to parking, you may drop-off anyone requiring the special-needs shuttle near the walkway to the special-needs shuttle stop.
  • Drop-off for guests with special needs: Before parking, please proceed to the front of the Green Lot, nearest the RAC/Louis Brown Athletic Center to drop off any guests requiring special needs and one companion. This group may proceed to the special-needs shuttle pick-up location in front of the RAC, near the regular shuttle stops.
  • Taking the shuttle from Livingston Campus to the stadium:
    • Guests with special needs who take the shuttle from Livingston Campus will arrive at Athletes Glen, located directly across from High Point Solutions Stadium, where Commencement is being held. It is advised that all those in your party meet at Athletes Glen and then proceed to the stadium.
    • All other guests can take the regular shuttle service from Livingston Campus to the stadium and will arrive at the Practice Bubble, which is adjacent to the Athletes Glen/Special-Needs Shuttle Drop-off location. It is advised that all those in your party meet at Athletes Glen and then proceed to the stadium.
  • Leaving the stadium/returning to Livingston Campus: Guests with special needs should return to Athletes Glen, located directly across from the stadium to take the special-needs shuttle back to the Livingston Campus parking lots. You will be dropped off in the same location from where you departed.