Student Life

Graduation

Graduation Application

Students who anticipate completing their degree program in the current graduation year must complete an Graduation Application. The due dates for the application are as follows for each semester:

  • Graduating at the end of Summer semester?
    Application due June 1 and degree will be dated October 1.
  • Graduating at the end of Fall semester?
    Application due October 1 and degree will be dated January 20.
  • Graduating at the end of Spring semester?
    Application due January 9 and degree will be dated May 17.

Commencement/Convocation

All Newark and New Brunswick School of Public Health Certificate, Masters’ and Doctoral students who earn degrees in the Summer term (degree dated October 1), Fall term (degree dated January 20), and Spring term (degree dated May 17) are eligible to participate in the University Commencement and/or School of Public Health Convocation ceremonies.

Commencement is the Rutgers University-wide graduation ceremony held at SHI Stadium. Convocation is the School of Public Health’s graduation ceremony, where graduates are individually recognized for their achievements. All School of Public Health graduates (Newark and New Brunswick) may participate in both of these ceremonies. More information, including ticketing, parking, and academic attire, can be found below.

All students are required to submit a Graduation Application with a $40 graduation fee (regardless of whether or not a student participates in the graduation ceremonies).

2020 Convocation

Convocation is the School of Public Health’s annual graduation ceremony. During this special ceremony, graduates will hear their name called and walk-across stage in front of their invited guests. Doctoral graduates will be hooded by their mentors. All School of Public Health October 2019, January 2020, and May 2020 graduates (Newark and New Brunswick) are strongly encouraged to participate in this ceremony.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020

Arrive by: 4:00PM

Ceremony Start Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Doors open for guests at 4:15 PM.

Location: Nicholas Music Center (85 George Street, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901)

Attire: All Class of 2020 graduates who are on track to obtain their degree and who plan to participate in our School Convocation and/or University Commencement MUST wear academic regalia, which can only be purchased from rutgersprofessional.shopoakhalli.com by April 24, 2020. Those in the Armed Forces must also wear academic regalia - military uniforms may be worn underneath academic gowns. Regalia can ONLY be purchased online at rutgersprofessional.shopoakhalli.com through April 24, 2020.

Invitations: Class of 2020 graduates will receive five printed commemorative invitations to the School's Convocation and University Commencement ceremonies. These invitations will also serve as tickets for their guests to the School’s Convocation ceremony ONLY (graduates do not need tickets for their guests to attend University Commencement). Extra tickets for the School’s Convocation ceremony will be available for purchase through your Office of Student Affairs.

Speaker: First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy

Parking: No registration or special parking permits are required for graduating students and guests attending the Rutgers School of Public Health Convocation ceremony. Parking will be available in lots 79 and 79A to the left of the venue (85 George Street, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901).

Staying Social: Share graduation day highlights and celebratory events with us @RutgersSPH on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Flowers and T-Shirts: If family/friends would like to pre-order flowers or t-shirts for a graduate, go to Commencement Flowers, www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/Rutgers. Flowers are able to be picked-up at Commencement or Convocation depending on your preference.

Questions? Contact the Office of the Registrar

2020 Commencement

Commencement is the Rutgers University-wide graduation ceremony at SHI Stadium. Students are encouraged to participate in this momentous event where their name will scroll on the stadium ribbon board and enjoy special videos such as graduate shout-outs to family and friends, photo montages, and more! All School of Public Health graduates (Newark and New Brunswick) may participate in this ceremony. Additional information on the 2020 Commencement Ceremony can be found here.

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Arrive by: 9:00AM

Ceremony Start Time: 10:00AM

Location: SHI Stadium (Piscataway)

Attire: All Class of 2020 graduates who are on track to obtain their degree and who plan to participate in our School Convocation and/or University Commencement MUST wear academic regalia, which can only be purchased from rutgersprofessional.shopoakhalli.com by April 24, 2020. Those in the Armed Forces must also wear academic regalia - military uniforms may be worn underneath academic gowns. Regalia can ONLY be purchased online at rutgersprofessional.shopoakhalli.com through April 24, 2020.

Invitations: You may invite as many guests as you like and tickets are NOT required for University Commencement at SHI Stadium.

Speaker: Rutgers is proud to welcome our 254th Anniversary Commencement speaker Lester Holt, an award-winning journalist and anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Dateline NBC, who will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Beginning March 23, 2020 graduating students may register for up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests here. Graduates are encouraged to register early. Parking is assigned by parking zones on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking hangtags will be mailed by early May to the address provided during parking hangtag registration. Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Staying Social: To stay updated on Commencement news, follow @RUCommencement on Twitter or Official Rutgers University Commencement on Facebook.

Flowers and T-Shirts: If family/friends would like to pre-order flowers or t-shirts for a graduate, go to Commencement Flowers, www.commencementflowers.com/index.php/Rutgers. Flowers are able to be picked-up at Commencement or Convocation depending on your preference.

Questions? Contact the Office of the Registrar