The Commencement Ceremony will be held at the BB&T PAVILION on THURSDAY, MAY 19th. There is no rehearsal for commencement. For directions to the Center, visit https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement/parking-directions. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. and continue until approximately 8:30 p.m. The Center is not climate controlled and may be cool when outside temperatures are below 60 degrees.
All graduates are expected to remain until the end of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to your home address within four to six weeks after the ceremony. If you wish to receive it sooner, please visit the Office of the Registrar during normal business hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; closed weekends).
GUESTS: The BB&T Pavilion seats 6,600 people. Family and friends are welcome; there are no tickets. Guests enter through the Walt Whitman Lobby and will be seated beginning at 5:00 p.m.
PARKING: Free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the BB&T Pavilion. Visit https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement/parking-directions for additional information. Free shuttle transportation will be available from remote parking lots.
ATTIRE: The expected dress is the cap, gown and hood; the BA hood is white and the BS hood is gold. Regalia may be purchased at the University District Bookstore until May 19th. The regalia for bachelor’s degree candidates cost $99.00 and for master’s degree candidates is $105.00. Please note that the regalia is yours to keep. Doctoral (Ph.D.) candidates should either visit or contact the University District Bookstore directly for their regalia. Their contact information is 856-968-1200 and email@example.com. The bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The bookstore is closed on weekends. The tassel of the cap is worn on the left by graduate students to signify an earned baccalaureate degree and on the right by the undergraduates.
HONORS GRADUATES (undergraduates only) may wear red and black twist cords with their regalia. These cords will be available for purchase (the cost is $25.00; you may pay with cash or credit card) at the University District Bookstore, as well as prior to commencement line-up. You must present picture ID (Rutgers ID card, drivers’ license, etc.). The requirements for honor cords are 45 credits at Rutgers University and a GPA of 3.5 or above. Honors College graduates may also wear gold stoles, which they may pick up at the Honors College office.
ACADEMIC PROCESSION: Degree candidates should report at 4:30 p.m. to the Benjamin Franklin Lobby at the BB&T Pavilion. Marshals will provide complete instructions at that time. CANDIDATES WILL PROCESS BY MAJOR. Doctoral candidates will process first, followed by master’s degree candidates, then Bachelor of Sciences degree recipients, followed by Bachelor of Arts’ degree recipients. Students with two majors process with the major that is alphabetically first, i.e. an English and Psychology major marches with English majors.
CONFERRING DEGREE: Degrees will be conferred by major. Marshals will start and guide each row of graduates to the stage. Here a reader will announce the name of each candidate. Do not advance until your name is read. After you shake hands with members of the administration, undergraduates are to switch the tassel of the cap from right to left and return to their original seats. We ask that you behave courteously toward other graduates. No air horns or any disruptive noisemakers will be permitted. Graduates are also expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to your home address within four to six weeks after the ceremony.
PHOTOGRAPHS: A professional photographer will take your picture as you receive your degree and also when you leave the stage. Life Touch (800/334-1531 x 2121) will contact you directly a few weeks after commencement. Visit events.lifetouch.com to sign up and receive notification when your proofs are online and ready to order. Photos will be online at events.lifetouch.com ten days after the ceremony.
Your guests are welcome to take photographs in the designated area near the stage. Please instruct them to leave this area immediately after taking photographs to provide room for others.
SPECIAL NEEDS GRADUATES: Graduating students who require special assistance such as wheelchair access should visit https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement/special-accommodations for information on whom they should contact to set up special accommodations by Friday, May 6th.
SPECIAL NEEDS GUESTS: Guests who require special accommodations should visit https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement/special-accommodations for information on available services and to register for special seating and wheelchair transport services by Friday, May 6th.
Please note that Rutgers plans on offering closed caption coverage of the ceremony. Screens with closed captioning coverage will be viewable from the 100 and 104 sections.
The Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Rutgers University Alumni Association–Camden will also host a Graduating Student Reception on Tuesday, May 17th, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Emerge Plaza, which is located between the Paul Robeson Library and the Admissions Building. This event is for graduating students only, and will give you the change to enjoy a jazz quartet, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast to celebrate your achievements. This event is free with advance registration (https://bit.ly/1WhFRTG); $2.50 without. All pre-registered attendees will receive a free gift!
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: All Rutgers University graduates are automatically members of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA), the university-wide organization of more than 461,000 alumni. There are no membership dues to pay and no forms to complete. Visit Ralumni.com for information on programs and benefits and to keep your contact information updated. Graduates of Rutgers University–Camden are also members of the Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association (RUCAA), a chartered group of the RUAA. Contact RUCAA at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit camden.rutgers.edu/information/alumni for information on how you can get involved with this active group of proud alumni.
Additional information about commencement can be found at https://www.camden.rutgers.edu/commencement.