Commencement FAQs

Do I need to attend a commencement workshop?

Do I need to register for Commencement?

Why should I attend Rutgers University-Newark Commencement?

How many tickets will graduates receive for guests?

Do I need a ticket? What’s a Name Card?

I have family members who reside outside of the U.S. How can I obtain a letter to verify the commencement ceremony for their travel?

Do I have to wear academic regalia (cap and gown) to Commencement?

How do I purchase my regalia? Where do I pick it up from?

Do I receive anything special for graduating with honors?

Will I receive my diploma during Commencement?

What time must I arrive for check-in?

How should I dress for Commencement?

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

How do I get to the Prudential Center?

Where can I park?

Can my guest(s) sit with me?

What items are prohibited inside Prudential Center?

Who can I contact if I have more questions or concerns?

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Do I need to attend a commencement workshop?

Please check back for additional information.

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Do I need to register for Commencement?

Yes. Please check back for additional information.

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Why should I attend Rutgers University-Newark Commencement?

Participating in Commencement is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you do not want to miss. Commencement is a ceremonial celebration of you and your fellow students’ accomplishments and enables you to pay tribute to those who helped you attain your degree. The event brings together graduates of all of the schools from Rutgers University–Newark, where you can celebrate in the company of your fellow graduates, professors, family, and friends. It is an experience you will never forget!

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How many tickets will graduates receive for guests?

Guest tickets are not required for admission. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

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Do I need a ticket? What’s a Name Card?

Yes. All graduate must pick up their commencement Name Card, which will serve as their admission ticket into the Prudential Center. The Name Card can be pick up during an event at Salute Week. Please check the Commencement Toolbox for Salute Week information. 

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I have family members who reside outside of the U.S. How can I obtain a letter to verify the commencement ceremony for their travel?

Please send an email to gradfasn@rutgers.edu with your request. A form will be sent to you requesting additional information such as Consulate/Embassy, family contact information, travel dates, etc.

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Do I have to wear academic regalia (cap and gown) to Commencement?

Yes. All students are required to wear academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) to Commencement. Students MUST pre-order regalia online in February. Regalia availability is not guaranteed after the pre-order deadline. Please check the Commencement Toolbox for regalia information. 

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How do I purchase my regalia? Where do I pick it up from?

You must pre-order your regalia online. More information will be sent via email and posted on the Grad Finale BlackBoard organization. Regalia can be picked up from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Bradley Hall when available in April. Double check to make sure that you have the appropriate hood based on your degree.

Bachelor's of Science (BS): gold stripe

Bachelor’s of Arts (BA): white stripe

Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA): brown

Everyone will have a red stripe to represent RU

Please check the Commencement Toolbox for regalia information.

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Do I receive anything special for graduating with honors?

Honor cords and medallions will be distributed with the Name Cards during Salute Week. Honor status will also be announced during the Commencement Ceremony. This is based on your current GPA – not including spring grades. After the Commencement Ceremony your GPA will be recalculated with your spring grades and if you qualify honors will be noted on your final transcript and diploma.

Honor Scale:                              

Cum laude

3.500 - 3.699

Magna cum laude

3.700 - 3.849

Summa cum laude

3.850 - 4.000

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Will I receive my diploma during Commencement?

No. Diplomas are picked up from the Registrars’ Office or mailed home, if requested.

Graduation Date

Diploma Availability

October

December

January

April

May

July

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What time must I arrive for check-in?

All graduates must arrive at 8:00am sharp. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00am.

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How should I dress for Commencement?

Clothing should be in good taste and comfortable. Comfortable shoes should be worn.

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

Graduation candidates who may need special assistance should contact Ms. Kate Torres (kate.torres@rutgers.edu) in advance to arrange accommodations.

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How do I get to the Prudential Center?

Prudential Center • 25 Lafayette Street • Newark, NJ 07102

http://www.prucenter.com/getting-here#/directions

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Where can I park?

Parking at Rutgers University - Newark will be FREE for all graduates and their guests. Parking on campus will be available at Deck I on University Avenue and Deck II on Washington Street. Guests will need to walk over to the Prudential Center from their respective parking lot or wait for the next available shuttle. Parking at/near the Prudential Center is NOT free. Graduates/guests will be responsible for their own parking fees off campus. There will be signage, personnel, and security providing assistance. For more information on parking near Prudential Center, please visit: http://www.prucenter.com/getting-here#/parking

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Can my guest(s) sit with me?

No. Graduates will be seated on the arena floor, while guests will be seated throughout the arena. Guest seating provides a great view of the entire arena; however, guests are encouraged to arrive early to secure seats closest to the floor. Doors will open for guest at 8:30am.

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What items are prohibited inside Prudential Center?

Students and guests will be screened by Prudential Center Security.

The following items are not permitted at Prudential Center:

aerosol cans, animals/pets (except service animals), audio/video equipment, balloons and beach balls, cans, bottles, glass or other beverage containers, chains, studded bracelets, etc., coolers or ice chests, illegal drugs, large bags and purses, laser pens and pointers, noise making devices (i.e. whistles, air horns), outside food and beverage, professional photography equipment, poles to display banners, flags, etc., skateboards and/or rollerblades, un-approved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc., weapons (i.e. pepper spray, tear gas, handcuffs, stun guns, etc.), any other item deemed to be inappropriate or dangerous by Prudential Center management.

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Who can I contact if I have more questions or concerns?

Academic questions and graduation eligibility should be directed to your assigned academic advisor. All Commencement questions can be sent to Ms. Janeyah Vickers, Commencement Coordinator at gradfasn@rutgers.edu

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