Rutgers 249th Anniversary Commencement

Rutgers University Commencement

Plan for a special day by joining us for the 253rd Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Stadium at Rutgers–New Brunswick on the Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

Be sure to enjoy the festivities with your family, friends, and fellow students from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Remember, graduation is made up of two great events: a school convocation where you'll receive individual recognition, and the big celebration at Stadium where you'll see your name scroll across the stadium ribbon board and enjoy special videos such as graduate shout-outs to family and friends, photo montages, and more.

With thousands of guests saluting the culmination of your achievement, it will be a day you will never forget. You may invite as many guests as you like and tickets are not required for University Commencement in Stadium. Don’t miss it.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Rutgers is proud to welcome our 253rd Anniversary Commencement speakers Devin and Jason McCourty, Super Bowl champions, philanthropists, and Rutgers alumni, will receive honorary doctorates of humane letters degrees.

The university is also honored to bestow an honorary doctor of laws degree upon New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy.

Watch a message from Devin and Jason McCourty.

Commencement Parking Hangtag Registration

From now through April 22, students must register online for required Commencement Parking Hangtags for themselves and their guests. 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 19.

Stadium Security and Restricted Bag Policy

All Commencement attendees should bring directions and parking hangtags, wear comfortable walking shoes, and be dressed for the weather. The event is held in an outdoor stadium, rain or shine.

Stadium Bag Policy Strictly Enforced

  • Permitted items include:
    • Only clutches and wallets no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches
    • Clear plastic bags no larger than one gallon or 12x12x6 inches
    • Cameras and binoculars (without accompanying bag), seat cushions, hats, sunscreen, ponchos
    • Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters
  • Prohibited items include:
    • Strollers, umbrellas, balloons, noisemakers, outside food, bottles and beverages, backpacks, camera bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size

Guests must pass through security before entering the stadium. Those with oversized or prohibited items will be directed to return those items to their vehicle. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. Learn more about the Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy.

School Convocations

Your other must-attend ceremony is a smaller convocation where you’ll join with your graduating class and receive individual recognition. Convocations are hosted by each school and offer their own distinctive traditions including special speakers, ceremonies, and student citations. Convocations will be held in the days surrounding Rutgers University Commencement. Some convocations require tickets. Check with your individual school's dean's office and our School Convocations page for details.

Ceremonies in Newark and Camden

Students graduating from the schools affiliated with Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden will celebrate Commencement at their respective locations.