Graduation & Convocation

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

Requirements Completed

Degree Dated

Application for Diploma/Certificate
MUST be submitted by

Fall Term

January 16

October 1

Spring Term

May (date of Rutgers Commencement)

January 11

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. Student, faculty, staff and community partner awards are also presented at this event.

2017 Commencement and Convocation

We are excited to celebrate graduation with the Class of 2017. 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 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in High Point Solutions Stadium (Piscataway) on Busch Campus. (Rutgers School of Public Health graduates -- all locations -- will participate in this ceremony.) Tickets are not required for Commencement, but tickets are required for the School's Convocation.
  • To stay updated on Commencement news, follow @RUCommencement on Twitter or Official Rutgers University Commencement on Facebook.

  • CONVOCATION: The Rutgers School of Public Health's Convocation will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 3:30 p.m., Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick, NJ. DrPH and PhD graduates are hooded at Convocation.
    Use the Rutgers University Maps website to obtain directions to the Nicholas Music Center > >


Class of 2017 graduates will receive printed commemorative invitations. The School's Convocation has a limit of five (5) guests per graduate. Extra tickets will be available for purchase through the Office of Student Affairs. Tickets are not required to attend Commencement, the event at the stadium, but a parking hangtag is required. Visit the Rutgers Commencement website for more information >>

Academic Regalia

All Class of 2017 graduates who are on track to obtain their degree and who plan to participate in University Commencement and our School Convocation on May 12 MUST order and purchase their regalia from Oak Hall. 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.


With more than 40,000 people expected on our Busch, College Avenue, Cook/Douglass, and Livingston campuses to attend Rutgers University Commencement and School Convocations on Sunday, May 14, 2017, parking will be limited. Therefore, Commencement parking hangtags will be required for access to the parking zones established for the day. Graduating students will be given priority for parking. Students must register online from March 20 through April 17, 2017, for up to two free Commencement Parking Hangtags for themselves and their guests. Details can be found at

More details about parking, getting around, and registration are available in the Parking & Getting Around section of the University Commencement website:

Parking hangtags are not required for those who plan to attend our Convocation only (and not attend Commencement).

Flowers and T-shirts

Instructions for pre-ordering flowers or t-shirts for a graduate will be posted closer to Commencement and Convocation.