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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions you may have about Rutgers University Commencement and school convocations.

Information for Students | Information for Guests

Information for Students

What is the difference between Rutgers University Commencement and a school convocation?

Graduation is a big moment in your life. The Rutgers community recognizes your accomplishment at two unique events—University Commencement and your school's convocation ceremony.

Rutgers University Commencement is the big celebration for students receiving all Rutgers degrees—bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral—from schools at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The ceremony features the traditional academic procession, commencement address, and conferring of degrees.

School convocations are ceremonies with their own distinct traditions, including receiving individual recognition. Check with your individual school’s dean’s office for details. For information visit:

Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden: Each hosts commencement festivities at its respective location.

May I participate in the Rutgers University Commencement ceremony?

Rutgers students from the schools affiliated with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences who have completed required coursework for their degrees and have been certified by their schools are eligible to process in Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at HighPoint.com Stadium in Piscataway. You must also have cleared all financial obligations (and, yes, that includes parking tickets and library fines).

Visit our Steps to Commencement page to learn more. 

All Rutgers faculty are invited to take part in the academic procession. Rutgers staff, alumni, and current students are encouraged to attend as guests.

Students and Faculty of Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers UniversityCamden: Each hosts commencement festivities to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. For additional information visit:

Live Stream Viewing Options: If I am unable to attend University Commencement, can I still see the ceremony?

The pre-show can be viewed online on May 19, 2019,  starting at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony can be viewed at 10 a.m. from this website. Following the Commencement webcast, you can watch the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation online starting at about 12:30 p.m. Please check back for access to these ceremony webcasts.

On campus webcast viewing locations: On May 19, you can also view University Commencement from the Busch Student Center or College Avenue Student Center.

Can I use my university parking permit on campus on Sunday, May 19?

No. 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. All students and guests must have a Commencement parking hangtag. Registration for parking hangtags begins March 25.

See Parking Guidelines for more information. 

How do I order a Commencement parking hangtag?

To park on campus for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 19, you and your guests must use special Commencement hangtags.  Parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation are not valid on this day.

Free Hangtag Registration for Graduating Students: Students are required to register online for up to two free hangtags on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning Monday, March 25, 2018, at 10 a.m. to Monday, April 22, at 10 a.m.

Special Needs Parking: Guests with disabilities requiring special accommodations or who have issues walking up to 1/2 mile must register online for a special-needs parking hangtag to ensure that walking is limited. Space is limited. Visit our Accessibility Information page for details.

The hangtags will be mailed in late-April/early-May to the address you specify and will be valid only for Sunday, May 19.

Paid Parking Registration: If parking spaces are still available after the initial student registration period ends on Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m., anyone may purchase parking hangtags online for $5 on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m. through Monday, April 30 at 10 a.m.

See our Parking Guidelines page for information on registering for your hangtags.

I'm attending school convocation ceremonies on days other than Sunday, May 19. Do I still need a special parking hangtag?

No. You may park in any lots marked "Event Parking" for ceremonies on days other than May 19.

A Commencement parking hangtag is only required on Sunday, May 19 to park at Rutgers' campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway (except Cook and Douglass campuses). If you are attending convocations on other days, a Commencement hangtag is not needed.

Will the University Commencement be canceled if it rains?

No, the ceremony will take place rain or shine. We will provide graduating students with ponchos if it rains. Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium. Please be sure to check the weather. Guests are encouraged to bring or wear ponchos and rain hats. The event will be canceled if lightning occurs.  

Weather-related updates will be provided on this website on the Rutgers University Commencement page, as needed.

Do I have to wear a cap and gown to Commencement exercises?

Yes. All graduates are required to arrive at HighPoint.com Stadium in their academic regalia (gowns, caps, tassels, and hoods,) no later than 9 a.m. to the marshaling area at the lower-level under the video board at the south end of the stadium.

Those in the Armed Forces must also wear academic regalia; however, military uniforms may be worn underneath your academic regalia. See our Steps to Commencement page for more information.

Where do I obtain my regalia?

Your regalia—which is your gown, cap, tassel, and academic hood—is required to participate in Rutgers University Commencement.

  • Rutgers–New Brunswick students must purchase regalia from Barnes & Noble at Rutgers in New Brunswick. Regalia can be pre-ordered online, rutgersnb.shopoakhalli.com, from February 1–March 22 for pick up in store beginning April 24 or ship to your home by April 27. Or, students can purchase regalia directly at the store beginning April 5.
  • Students in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)-Affiliated schools must purchase regalia only online from February 1–April 27. Regalia will be shipped to your home. rutgersprofessional.shopoakhalli.com

Grad Fair for all graduating students will be held at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers, 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, from April 24–25 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Is there a rehearsal for Rutgers University Commencement?

No, there is no rehearsal. Commencement marshals will give you directions during Commencement and guide graduates through the Academic Procession.

What time should I arrive?

On May 19, stadium gates will open at 8 a.m. Students should arrive in the marshaling area at the south end of the stadium no later than 9 a.m. Please arrive earlier if you plan to take photos with the photography vendor. The procession onto the field begins promptly at 10 a.m.

We recommend that you allow at least two hours for parking and getting to the stadium. Shuttle buses start running at 7 a.m.

Please remember that bags and purses larger than 4½ by 6½ inches will not be permitted in the stadium. View the full list of prohibited items under "What items may I carry into HighPoint.com Stadium?".

After arriving at the stadium, where do I go to line-up for the student procession onto the field?

  • All graduates should plan to arrive by 9 a.m. Arrive early to allow for parking and travel to the stadium, especially if you plan to have professional photos taken at the stadium. 
  • Upon arrival at the stadium, leave your guests to find their seats and go to the south end of the stadium, under the large video board. Go to the sub-level marshaling area to gather with fellow graduates. An elevator is available for students with mobility challenges.
  • In the marshaling area, line up with your classmates of the school issuing your degree.
    • Remember to pick up your school's spiritmaker flag. And, be sure to wave it when your school's name is called during the conferring of degrees.
    • If you want to sit with friends, be sure they are standing in front of or behind you.
    • Plan to process in a dignified, single file line, with some formality.
  • Smile as you walk on the field – you’re on camera! Follow instructions from the marshals as you walk to your school’s designated seating area on the field.

What items may I carry into HighPoint.com Stadium?

There is a security check at the stadium. Bags or purses larger than 4½ by 6½ inches are not 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. For full details, visit the Rutgers Athletic Bag Policy page.

Please bring or wear ponchos in the event of rain, as umbrellas are not permitted. You may also bring hats and sunscreen. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gates designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include: outside food and drinks, umbrellas, strollers, alcoholic beverages, noise-making devices, balloons, balls, bottles, cans, containers, coolers, fireworks, laser pointers, pets, smoking, sticks/poles, weapons, and other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate.

I am a student with special mobility needs. How do I get help?

You can register for a special-needs parking hangtag on the Accessibility Information page.

There is an elevator located at the south side of the stadium to assist you to the field level. If you require a wheelchair or other assistive device for mobility, you must bring it with you to the stadium. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium, but are not supplied by the university. There are also indoor and off-site viewing options listed on our Accessibility Information page.

If you need assistance at the stadium, please contact the Commencement Office: 848-932-2469 or send an email to commencement@rutgers.edu no later than May 9.

Where are the restrooms in HighPoint.com Stadium?

Restrooms are located along the street-level concourse of the stadium. Restrooms are also located in the student marshaling area on the lower-level area under the video board at the south side of the stadium.

Will food and beverages be available in the stadium?

Yes, at the stadium concession stands will be open on the main concourse. Water will be available in the marshaling area for graduates and bottled water will be given to each graduate as they walk onto the field. Please check back closer to the event for a map of the stadium.

What is the proper attire and etiquette?

University Commencement is a formal academic occasion, and dress and demeanor should reflect the formality. We recommend that all attendees wear comfortable shoes. High and thin heels are discouraged due to the steep staircases and hard plastic decking on the field.

Graduating students are required to wear academic regalia. Decorations on the regalia are not permitted, except for the cap/mortarboard. See our Steps to Commencement page for more information.

For the procession onto the field, graduating students should walk in single file and with decorum. Once you have reached your seat on the field, please remain seated until asked to rise for the National Anthem.

Please turn off your electronic devices in the stadium during the ceremony. Be considerate of others who want to enjoy this special day alongside of you.

Whom do I contact if I have additional questions about the Commencement ceremony?

For graduation requirements, contact your dean’s office. For Rutgers University Commencement information, review this website or send an email to commencement@rutgers.edu.

Where do I look for lost items?

You can find lost items at the student center located on the campus where the item was lost.  For example, if you lost something on the Livingston Campus, the Livingston Student Center will hold on to all items that are turned in. Items will be held until Friday, May 24, 2019. Get information for Busch Student CenterLivingston Student Center, and College Avenue Student Center.

Information for Guests

Do I need a ticket or invitation to attend University Commencement at the stadium?

No, tickets are not needed for the ceremony at the stadium.

Special Commencement parking hangtags are required to park on campus on Sunday, May 19. See our Parking Guidelines for more information.

Please remember that your school's convocation may require tickets and/or have limited seating. Please be sure your student checks with the school for more information. Additional information will be posted on our School Convocations page.

If I am unable to attend University Commencement, can I still see the ceremony?

Yes, you can watch the ceremony online. A live stream of University Commencement will be available over the internet. A high-speed connection is recommended.

Please return to this site to watch a live webcast of the ceremony on May 19. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Pre-show coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. Also, watch the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation starting at 12:30 p.m. on May 19. Check back here for webcast links.

If you are on campus, you may watch the live stream from the Busch Student Center and College Avenue Student Center. Please consider using public transportation to arrive at these alternative viewing sites.

What time should I arrive?

Shuttle buses will start running at 7 a.m. Gates at HighPoint.com Stadium will open at 8 a.m. University Commencement starts at 10 a.m.
Note: Graduating students should arrive no later than 9 a.m. to the marshaling area at the lower level under the video board at the south end of the stadium.

Where can I park on campus?

If you are attending events on Sunday, May 19, parking will be limited, and all cars will be required to display a special Commencement parking hangtag.  Online parking hangtag registration begins March 25, 2019, for students. 

Visit the Parking Guidelines page for more information.

If you are attending events on days other than Sunday, May 19, don't worry. Just park in any open Rutgers lot near your event site.

How do I order Commencement parking hangtags?

To park on campus for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 19, you and your guests must use special Commencement hangtags. Parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation are not valid on this day.

Free Hangtag Registration for Graduating Students: Students are required to register online for up to two free hangtags on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning Monday, March 25, 2018, at 10 a.m. to Monday, April 22, at 10 a.m.

Special-Needs Parking: Guests with disabilities requiring special accommodations or who have issues walking up to 1/2 mile must register online for a special-needs parking hangtag to ensure that walking is limited. Space is limited. Visit our Accessibility Information page for details.

The hangtags will be mailed in late-April/early-May to the address you specify and will be valid only for Sunday, May 19.

Open Parking Hangtag Paid Registration: If parking spaces are still available after the initial student registration period ends on Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m., anyone may purchase parking hangtags online for $5 on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m. through Monday, April 30 at 10 a.m.

See our Parking Guidelines page for information on registering for your hangtags.

Will Rutgers University Commencement be canceled if it rains?

No, the ceremony will take place rain or shine. If the weather calls for rain, remember to bring your rain gear, such as a poncho and hat. Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium. The ceremony will be canceled in the event of lightning.

Can I bring an infant or small child?

Yes. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend and celebrate our graduates.

What items may I carry into HighPoint.com Stadium?

There is a security check at 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 the Scarlet Knights Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium. 

Please see the list below of prohibited items.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the gates designated for this purpose.

Prohibited items include: outside food and drinks, umbrellas, strollers, backpacks, large bags/purses, alcoholic beverages, balloons, balls, bottles, cans, containers, coolers, fireworks, laser pointers, noise-making devices, pets, smoking, sticks/poles, weapons, and other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate.

What if I have special mobility needs and I am attending the ceremony?

Special-needs parking hangtag online registration is available on the Accessibility Information page for more information.

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 traveling distance prior to your arrival. We suggest you bring a wheelchair or other assistive device if traveling a distance is a challenge.

Limited handicapped seating will be available at the stadium. The special needs seating area is on the street-level row of seating, as well as the row just below this level. When you arrive at the stadium, proceed to the next available street-level special needs seat, and an event staff person and our volunteers will provide you and a companion with your tickets. To keep as many street-level seats available as possible, we ask that if you are able to maneuver two stairs, please sit in the row just below the street-level seating, which also requires a special needs ticket from an event staff person or volunteer. General seating is available in front of the special needs area for additional members of your party.

See the Accessibility Information page for more details.

Can we sit near or with our graduate?

No, graduates will be seated on the field, while guests will be seated throughout the stadium. Guest seating provides a great view of the entire field. Be sure to know what school your graduate is sitting with on the field. Check back closer to the event for a map showing where each school with be located on the field.

Are there accommodations for the hearing impaired? 

Closed captioning will be displayed on the stadium video screens. American Sign Language interpreters will be available in Section 111.  Please check back closer to the event for a map of the stadium.

Where do I look for lost items?

You can find lost items at the student center located on the campus where the item was lost. For example, if you lost something on the Livingston Campus, the Livingston Student Center will hold on to all items that are turned in. Items will be held until Friday, May 24, 2018. Get information for Busch Student Center, Livingston Student Center, and College Avenue Student Center.

Where are the restrooms in the stadium?

Restrooms are located along the street-level concourse of the stadium. Please check back closer to the event for a map of the stadium.

Will food and beverages be available in the stadium?

Yes, concession stands at the stadium will be available on the main concourse. Please check back closer to the event for a map of the stadium.

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