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Steps to Commencement for Graduating Students

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Follow our steps to Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 16, 2021 below:2021 Commencement graphic
  • Step 1: Academics
  • Step 2: Clear Any Outstanding Financial Obligations
  • Step 3: Academic Regalia
  • Step 4: Invite Your Guests
  • Step 5: Don't Miss Out on the Fun
  • Step 6: Stay In-the-Know: Keep Up with University Commencement News and Social Media
  • More steps to come as plans for the 2021 ceremony unfold!

Learn more about each step below.


Step 1: Academics

Stay in communication with your school. 

  • Rutgers University­–New Brunswick Students: Log in to Degree Navigator, or other degree auditing tools, to ensure you are on track to complete your degree. If you notice any discrepancies, please contact your school’s academic adviser immediately.
  • Students in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Schools: Contact your dean’s office directly for graduation requirements.

Complete the Online Diploma Application and confirm your graduation date. 

  • Rutgers–New Brunswick Students: You must complete an Online Diploma Application with the Office of the Registrar. At that time, you can confirm the name you would like displayed on your diploma and that the correct permanent mailing address is on file so that you receive your diploma after graduation.
  • Confirm that you are classified to complete your degree during the correct month and year.

Mid-year degree recipients can attend the Commencement celebration in May.

  • Most students who expect to receive degrees in October 2020, January 2021, May 2021, or August 2021 are eligible to participate in the May 2021 school convocation and Commencement events, but it varies by school. Contact your school directly if you have questions.

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Step 2: CLEAR ANY OUTSTANDING FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS  

All financial obligations to the university must be cleared before you can receive your diploma.

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Step 3: PURCHASE ACADEMIC REGALIA 

All students are able to purchase academic regalia, consisting of cap, gown, and hood, through Barnes and Noble at Rutgers. Information on the purchasing of regalia will be available in the coming months. Please check back.

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Step 4: INVITE YOUR GUESTS

It is time to celebrate your accomplishments! Announcements for University Commencement and school convocations will be available in the spring.

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Step 5: DON'T MISS OUT ON THE FUN

You've worked hard and it’s time to celebrate your accomplishment! More information will be available soon.

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Step 6: STAY IN-THE-KNOW: KEEP UP WITH UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT NEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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