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Want to find out more about Rutgers University Commencement to be held on Sunday, May 16, 2021? The answers to your questions and more can be found below.

  • The Ceremonies

    University Commencement is the big celebration for students receiving all Rutgers degrees—undergraduate, graduate, and professional—from schools at Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).

    This event will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2pm EDT. To view the event, a viewer will be placed on the home page. The event will be about 75 minutes long. 

    School convocations are ceremonies with their own distinct traditions, including individual recognition of each graduate. Visit the School Convocations page for links to each specific school convocation site. 

    Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden each host commencement festivities at their respective locations.

    Eligibility

    Rutgers University hosts graduation ceremonies in May only. Eligibility to participate in May 2021 Rutgers University Commencement and convocations varies by school. Check with your school for information regarding eligibility. Students must also have been cleared of all financial obligations.

    Please contact the Undergraduate Registrar’s Office with any questions. Please note that completion of a diploma application does not imply that graduation requirements have been met.

  • Academic Attire

    Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)-affiliated students will be able to purchase regalia—cap, gown, tassel, and academic hood—from the university bookstore, Barnes & Noble at Rutgers. All regalia will be ship-to-home and must be ordered at least three weeks prior to desired delivery date. Regalia may be returned unopened within 30 days to receive a refund less the shipping amount. All returned items must be unopened and in their original packaging.

    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

    **Please note all regalia orders will be fulfilled and shipped in time for University Commencement if placed prior to April 23, 2021. You will receive a tracking number via email from Oak Hall when your order has shipped.

    Honors Cords and Stoles are distributed by the awarding schools. To inquire further about how and if your school will provide cords and stoles, please contact the office of your school Dean. 

    Diploma

    When do I receive my diploma?

    Hard-copy diplomas will be mailed directly to graduating students approximately two to three months after degrees are conferred on May 16, 2021. It is important for students to check their Permanent Address, to ensure the correct mailing address is on file. Please contact the registrar’s offices below for more information.

    Office of the RBHS Registrar

    Office of the Registrar, New Brunswick

    Program Book

    How can I obtain a program book?

    The 2021 Rutgers University Commencement program book will be available digitally on our website prior to the ceremony.

    Senior Portraits

    Lors Photography is offering Senior Portrait Sessions at three remote off-campus locations in New Jersey (New Brunswick, Mount Laurel, and Toms River). Seniors were sent an email from Lors on Monday, January 18 with details and links to book your portrait session. 

    This email was sent by Lors to the email address on file with the registrar's office. If you did not receive an email, please email customerservice@lorsstudio.com or call 908-964-3040.

    Gifts for Graduates

    Where do I purchase a lawn sign for my Class of 2021 graduate?

    A lawn sign, which includes a corrugated plastic 18x24 sign and metal stakes, can be purchase through The Commencement Store. The Commencement Store is also offering 2021 Graduate and parent t-shirts, and more.

    To create your own lawn sign from one of our designs visit the Show Your Scarlet Pride page to download your favorite design. Take the print-ready file to a print shop to get a 24" wide x 18" tall sign made or print a letter-sized version using a desktop printer.

    Are Class Rings available?

    Yes, class rings are available through the official Commencement ring vendor, Herff Jones. Herff Jones is offering special class ring discounts. Below are the codes to use to receive a deeply discounted offer:

    $300 Off 10kt Gold (Promo Code HJRING300)

    $400 Off 14kt Gold (Promo Code HJRING400)

    $500 Off 18kt Gold (Promo Code HJRING500)

    $125 Off White Ultrium (Promo Code HJRING125).

    These codes will expire at midnight June 30, 2021.  Get your custom ring now! Order online at herff.ly/rutgers or contact curban@herffjones.com to set up an appointment to order by phone!

  • How do I watch the virtual University Commencement?

    Graduates their families and friends will be able to watch the ceremony via Vimeo Livestream, YouTube and on Facebook. Links to view will be made available closer to the event. 

    All three platforms will have the “chat” feature open to cheer on the Class of 2021. In Vimeo Livestream, open the viewing frame to the "full screen" view so that you can see the live chat feature. 

    Closed captioning will be available on all platforms. Please note captioning may not appear via Livestream when using a mobile device. If so, please use YouTube or Facebook.

    The ceremony will also be available for our graduates and their families in China via the Rutgers Global Youku channel.

    The entire presentation will be available after the ceremony for on-demand viewing on commencement.rutgers.edu

    How long is the event?

    The virtual ceremony is estimated to be 60-75 minutes long. 

    How to set up a Zoom watch party of the livestreamed 2021 University Commencement celebration.

    • Sometime before the University Commencement Livestream, create a Zoom invitation and send the link to all your friends and family (Note: the free Zoom account may limit your time to 40 minutes).
    • When you are all virtually together in the Zoom room, choose one person to open up their browser and go to https://commencement.rutgers.edu/rutgers-university-commencement-0.
    • This person should click on the Livestream button to start the online event.
    • In the Zoom room, click “Share Screen”. 
    • Select the screen you want to share and select Optimize for video clip. Make sure your shared screen has the Livestream webpage shown so all can see the event within the Zoom room.
    • Celebrate your hard-earned achievement. Add #RU2021 to your celebration photos on social.

    How to set up a Facebook Room in Facebook Messenger for the livestreamed 2021 University Commencement celebration.

    • Sometime before the University Commencement Livestream, create a Room in Facebook Messenger and send the link to all your friends and family.
    • In the top right of your Facebook account, click on the Facebook Messenger icon.
    • Click the camera icon and then Create a Room in the top left-hand corner under “search.”
    • When you create a room from Messenger or Facebook, you can choose to set up your room so that only people with your permission can join the room. 
    • Select the pencil next to “Video Chat with Me” to adjust your settings and permission levels, set your day and time and more!
    • To share your screen in Messenger
      • Desktop app:
        • In your room, click on the share screen icon.
        • Click Your Entire Screen, then Entire Screen or click Application Window and then click a window to share.
        • Click Share.
      • Desktop (messenger.com):
        • In your room, click on the share screen icon.
        • Click Your Entire Screen and click your screen’s image or click Application Window and click a window. To share a tab, click [Browser Name] Tab and select a tab.
        • Click Share.
        • To stop screen sharing, click   again.
      • On a Mobile Device
        • From your room, swipe up the menu at the bottom.
        • Tap the share screen icon to Share Your Screen.
  • For graduation requirements, please contact your school’s dean’s office. For Rutgers University Commencement information, please review this website, send an email to commencement@rutgers.edu, or call 848-932-2469.