Information for Faculty, Staff and Volunteers

Volunteers, Faculty & Staff

Take part in something special. Gather with other members of the Rutgers community to celebrate our newest graduates at the 253rd Anniversary Commencement in Stadium on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. and tickets are not required to attend the ceremony at the stadium.

Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up for one of two key roles as an Ambassador or Marshal. Both volunteer opportunities can be very rewarding and all faculty and staff who are not participating in the ceremony are encouraged to register. 


Volunteer Ambassadors can select from various positions. Some ambassadors are required to set up the stadium in advance. Others will participate on the day of Commencement. A choice of selections is offered, which the planning team will select and coordinate the best choice available. 

All Ambassadors receive:

  • A Commencement T-shirt
  • A thank-you gift
  • Entry into a volunteer raffle
  • Parking for Commencement
  • A light breakfast and lunch Commencement day
  • Training for Commencement
  • Recognition on the video screen in the stadium

Training will be provided. Read more details and register as an Ambassador.


Volunteer Marshals assist with guiding the academic procession in an orderly, dignified line to designated seating areas on the field. All marshals are required to wear regalia, which will be provided unless the marshal has their own.

All Marshals receive:

  • A thank-you gift
  • Parking for Commencement
  • A light breakfast before Commencement
  • Training for Commencement
  • Recognition on the video screen in the stadium and in the printed program

Training will be provided. Read more details and register as a Marshal.

Faculty and Staff

Academic Regalia

All faculty are required to wear appropriate academic regalia at University Commencement and school convocations. Order online no later than April 5 and pick up in store starting May 1 at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers in New Brunswick. Rentals must be returned to the store by June 3.

Parking for faculty & staff

Faculty and staff parking registration is now closed.

If you are driving to campus to attend University Commencement or the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation, or to work on Sunday, May 19, 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 19. Important: Shuttle service will not be available from Cook or Douglass campuses on May 19.

  • If you registered for a Commencement parking hangtag, please expect delivery by early May to the requested address.