Graduation & Convocation

2014 Commencement and Convocation

We are excited to celebrate graduation with the Class of 2014 -- the inaugural class of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Please review the information below for Commencement and Convocation details. Visit the Rutgers Commencement website for more information >>

  • COMMENCEMENT: Rutgers University Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium (Piscataway) on the New Brunswick Campus. (Rutgers School of Public Health graduates -- all campuses -- will participate in this ceremony.)
  • CONVOCATION: The Rutgers School of Public Health's Convocation will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick, NJ. **IF ATTENDING, PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 4:00 p.m.**


All Class of 2014 graduates will receive printed commemorative invitations in late-March. While there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite to Rutgers University Commencement, the School's Convocation has a limit of five (5) guests per graduate.
UPDATE: Extra tickets are available for purchase through your Campus Office.)

Academic Regalia

All Class of 2014 graduates who are on track to obtain their degree and who plan to participate in University Commencement and our School Convocation on May 18 MUST order and purchase their regalia from Jostens. All graduating students are required to wear academic regalia during the University Commencement ceremony. Those in the Armed Forces must also wear academic regalia. Military uniforms may be worn underneath academic gowns. The deadline to order your Cap and Gown is April 9. For information on how to order your Cap and Gown, click here >>.


Graduating students, family and guests who plan to participate in Commencement and Convocation must have a special Commencement hangtag to park on Rutgers University campus on May 18. Each graduating student may register for and receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their families or guests. (Free parking hangtag registration begins on Monday, March 24 at 10am.) Additional hangtags will be available for purchase beginning on April 21. Visit Parking Guidelines for more information. (Getting your parking hangtags is essential as your regular Rutgers parking hangtag does NOT work on Commencement day.)
UPDATE: Parking hangtags have been mailed out to those who registered on the Rutgers Commencement website.


UPDATE: School of Public Health graduates participating in Commencement and/or our Convocation should plan to park in the Green Zone on Cook/Douglass Campus, unless you requested and received another parking zone. With a Green Zone parking hangtag, you will want to first try to park in either Lot 73, 74, 74A, 79A or 79 but you can park in any Lot on Cook/Douglass with a Green Zone parking hangtag. If you need to park in a lot other than the ones listed above on Cook/Douglass, you may take the University Shuttle to the Nicholas Music Center for our Convocation. Visit the University Commencement website for Maps & Directions >>

Mark the Moment: Graduation Photos

Visit the Commencement website for information about photos taken outside the stadium before and after the ceremony.
UPDATE: GradImages will be providing photography services at our Convocation. Graduating students will be able to view and purchase Convocation photos directly from GradImages. GradImages will send graduates who participate in Convocation information about viewing photos after the Convocation.

Application for Diploma/Certificate

Students who anticipate completing their degree program in the current year must complete an Application for Diploma/Certificate.

Requirements Completed

Degree Dated

Application for Diploma/Certificate
MUST be submitted by

Fall Term

January 20

October 1

Spring Term

May (date of Rutgers Commencement)

January 1

Summer Term

October 1

June 1


The filing of this application is solely the responsibility of the student. Diplomas will be withheld from students who are under any obligation to the University.

All Certificate, Masters’ and Doctoral students who earn degrees in the summer term (October 1st) are eligible to participate in convocation and commencement exercises the following May. All academic requirements must be completed before a student participates in convocation and commencement.

There is a fee for graduation whether or not a student participates in commencement. As of academic year 2013-2014, the graduation fee is $40.

Commencement is a University-wide event. All graduates are expected to attend unless excused for a legitimate reason.
In addition to Commencement, graduates are invited to attend the School of Public Health Convocation where the Hooding Ceremony takes place for all students except certificate and PhD graduates. Convocation is held during the week of Commencement. Student, faculty, staff and community partner awards are also presented at this event.