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Volunteers, Faculty & Staff

Ambassadors | Marshals | Volunteers | Faculty & Staff | Key Dates

Rutgers University 254th Anniversary Commencement
May 17, 2020
SHI Stadium

Volunteers at Rutgers University Commencement take part in something special! The ceremony brings together students, family, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and more to celebrate and honor the hard work and dedication of our graduates. Faculty members also have the option of participating in the Commencement Procession.

“Graduation represents the culmination of years of hard work by our students, and I enjoy being a part of this great day to recognize their achievements. Volunteering is also a great way to meet other staff, faculty, and students that I don’t get to interact with on a day-to-day basis.”

Gary Huntzinger, Assistant Director, Office of Communications and Marketing, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and 8-year volunteering veteran


Who can volunteer?

  • Alumni
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty not participating in Commencement Procession
  • Other members of the Rutgers community

University Commencement and school convocations are great opportunities to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones! Volunteers are invited to join us as Ambassadors or Marshals.

During training, volunteers will receive a Commencement parking hangtag for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 17. Parking permits issued by the Department of Transportation Services will not be valid on this day. Housing will not be provided.


Ambassadors are the volunteer force that helps to make Commencement a reality. As an Ambassador, you are able to choose from a variety of positions that are vital to ensuring that Commencement goes smoothly and effectively.

To thank our Ambassadors, each will receive:

  • An official Commencement T-shirt
  • A thank-you gift
  • Entry into a volunteer raffle
  • CLOSE parking for the day of Commencement
  • Continental breakfast
  • Training
  • Recognition on the video screen in the stadium and on our website

Registration is now open! Please click on the register button below.

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Marshals assist with guiding the academic procession in an orderly, dignified line to designated seating on the field.  Marshals are required to wear academic regalia, which is provided unless the Marshal has their own. Marshals must be at least 21 years old.

To thank our Marshals, each will receive:

  • A thank-you gift
  • CLOSE parking for the day of Commencement
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Training
  • Recognition on the video screen in the stadium, in the printed program, and on our website
  • Academic regalia rental
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Faculty & Staff 

Academic Regalia

All faculty who participate in the University Commencement Procession are required to wear academic regalia. Details on obtaining regalia will come from each school’s dean’s office.


If you are driving to campus to attend University Commencement or the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation, or to work on Sunday, May 17, you will need a special Commencement parking hangtag for your vehicle. Your parking permit issued by the Department of Transportation Services will not be valid on this day. Parking will be available on the Busch, Livingston, and College Avenue campuses. Complimentary shuttles between Busch and the other campuses will run continuously from 7 a.m.–4 p.m. on May 17. Important: Shuttle service will not be available from Cook or Douglass campuses on May 17.

  • Register for your parking hangtag no later than May 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Hangtags will be delivered by early May to the requested address.

Faculty and Staff parking hangtag registration is now open.

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Key Dates 

April 3:           Last day for faculty to order academic regalia

May 1:            Last day for faculty and staff to register for parking

June 1:            Last day for faculty to return regalia rentals to Barnes & Noble at Rutgers in New Brunswick