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Commencement
Shi Stadium

The Venue: SHI Stadium

Rutgers University—New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement is held at SHI Stadium.

With more than 30,000 people expected on Commencement Day, the information below provides what you need-to-know about SHI Stadium. 

Commencement Information

- Commencement is held rain or shine.

- SHI Stadium is an open-air venue. Guests may experience direct rain or sun. 

- Attendees are advised to dress for the weather. Consider bringing a hat, sunscreen, and rain poncho, depending on the weather forecast.

- The weather can range from 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit and skies can change rapidly. 

- Guests and graduates can expect a considerable amount walking and are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. 

Commencement Security Guidelines

  • Guests with any size bag will be required to enter the stadium through specific gates where bags will be subject to a security check.
  • Lines may be long for bag security check and will hinder timely admittance.
  • Prohibited items include duffel bags, backpacks, camera bags, strollers, umbrellas, balloons, noisemakers, and outside food, bottles, and beverages.
  • Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.
happy graduates at commencement

SHI Stadium Information

    • Gate Procedures
      • All bags brought into the stadium will be inspected.
      • SHI Stadium regulations prohibit:
        • Food and beverages, bottles, cans, alcoholic beverages, coolers, umbrellas, noisemaking devices, balloons, laser pointers, pets (with the exception of service animals), balls, weapons, sticks/poles, containers, fireworks, and any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate from being brought into the facility. 
    • Smoking Policy
      • Per university regulations, smoking is not permitted in the stadium.
    • Umbrellas
      • ​​​​​​​To ensure safety and good field visibility, umbrellas are not permitted in SHI Stadium.
    • Solicitation
      • ​​​​​​​The selling of any item by anyone other than university-authorized personnel in and around SHI Stadium, including the parking lots, is prohibited. Violators are subject to prosecution.
    • Stadium Gates
      • ​​​​​​​Guests are able to to access the stadium via Gates A, B, C, D, and E. 
    • Lightning Alert
      • ​​​​​​​Rutgers University Athletic Facilities are equipped with the Thor Guard Prediction System.
      • In the event that the system activates, proper evacuation policies and procedures will be implemented.
    • SHI Stadium
      • Capacity is 52,454.
    • Gates
      • Open at 8:00 a.m.
      • Access available via Gates A, B, C, D, and E
    • First Aid
      • ​​​​​​​Event staff are able to call for Medical assistance.
    • Lost & Found
      • Following the event, all lost & found items will be turned in to the Rutgers Police Department.
      • Please contact the non-emergent number at (732) 932.7211.
    • Elevator
      • ​​​​​​​Located on the concourse behind Section 101 on the West side.
      • The elevator at Section 137 on the South side is limited to graduates accessing the assembly area. Guests needing to access seating are not able to use this elevator.
    • Restrooms
      • ​​​​​​​Located throughout SHI Stadium and offer baby changing stations.
    • Concessions
      • ​​​​​​​Booths and carts are located throughout SHI Stadium.
    • Ushers
      • ​​​​​​​Located throughout SHI Stadium and are clearly identified with their yellow “Event Staff” jackets.
    • Expect heavy traffic and delays the day of Commencement. 
      • Plan to arrive by 8 a.m. to allow time for parking, shuttle bus transportation and walking to the stadium.
      • Carpooling or public transportation are recommended.
    • Follow the driving directions provided in the parking mailing to access designated parking lot.
    • All roads are not open on Commencement day.
    • Commencement parking hangtags are REQUIRED to park.
    • There is no curbside drop-off at any access point to the stadium.
      • For those unable to walk a distance, it is recommended to register for a special-needs parking hangtag. 
    • Uber or Lyft drop off at the College Avenue Student Center and take the free shuttle bus to Busch Campus. 
    • In accordance with Piscataway Township ordinance (Ord. No. 93-51; Ord. No. 2015-29; Ord. No. 2016-41), no person shall stop or stand a vehicle between all hours on River Road, from the intersection of River Road and Hoes lane West to the intersection of River Road and Ross Hall Boulevard.
    • This will impact visitors to SHI Stadium.
      • Law enforcement officials will cite motorists in violation of the ordinance.
      • Passenger vehicle pick-up or drop-offs are strictly prohibited in front of the stadium’s south gate entrance along River Road.
    • A full list of streets and intersections affected by the Piscataway Township ordinance are listed here
    • Seating at SHI Stadium is bench stadium seating, many of which have no seat backs.
    • Stadium seats and cushions may be brought in.
    • Guests should be prepared to sit for the duration of the ceremony in the open-air stadium, in all weather elements. 
    • Special-needs seating is available for guests with mobility limitations. Please visit the Accessibility page for detailed information.
    • SHI Stadium map [PDF].

Accessibility

- Special-needs seating is available for guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

- Rutgers University does not supply assistive devices. If you require a wheelchair or other device for mobility, you must bring it with you. 

- Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in SHI stadium.

- Detailed information is available on the Accessibility page.

Alternate Viewing Locations On Campus

- Watch Commencement from the comfort of indoor viewing rooms at the Busch Student Center, Livingston Student Center, or College Avenue Student Center.

- Guests can enjoy a livestream of the ceremony in the comfort of air conditioning and cushioned seats and remain out of the sun and weather.

- Restrooms and limited concessions will be open.

- Curbside drop-off to any of these student centers is available as well.

- No tickets are required, and seating is general admission.

Stadium Highlights

2019 Rutgers University Commencement