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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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).