School of Engineering Graduation Ceremony for Undergraduate Students*
Location: Louis Brown Athletic Center (the RAC), Livingston Campus
Date: Friday May 15, 2020
Lineup: 2:45 *DO NOT BE LATE*
Ceremony begins: promptly at 3:30 pm, lasting ~2 hours
At this event, every Graduating Senior will walk across the stage as their name is called. Seniors will shake hands with SOE Deans and Faculty. A professional photographer will be there to capture these moments.
By participating in the School of Engineering convocation ceremony, you are expected to stay for its entirety.
*Note: Graduate students have a separate ceremony through the Graduate School of New Brunswick.
- Checklist #8A: Student Shout Outs
Students can record a special message that will be played graduation day: http://commencement.rutgers.edu/steps-to-commencement#step6
- Checklist #8B: Announcements
Each student can download a Digital Announcement. NOTE: these are just announcements to the SOE ceremony, NOT tickets. No tickets required. There is no limit on the number of guests on Friday at the RAC. For questions about Univesity Commencement on Sunday in the stadium, see commencement.rutgers.edu.
- Checklist #8C: Guests coming from another country
If students have a guest coming from abroad and they require an invitation from Rutgers for visa/travel purposes, please email Dean Prendergast (Lprend@rutgers.edu) with the information needed for the letter. In most cases, the guest's name and home address is provided.
- Checklist #8D: Honors Cords
For students with a 3.2+ Cgpa as of April 1st, a single strand orange cord will be available for pick up from B100 (4/15/20-5/14/20). SOE is giving them to you for FREE. Honors announced at the ceremony do NOT include spring grades (there is no time to confirm spring grades before the ceremony). Your diploma and transcript will have the final honors including spring grades. More Honors information.
- Checklist #8E: Regalia
There are a few ways to purchase Regalia:
- Order and ship to store: Order your cap and gown by 3/6/20, to have it shipped to the Bookstore for free in-store pickup. Pickup will be available starting 4/8/20.
- Order and ship to student: Order your cap and gown by 4/24/20, to have it shipped to you. A shipping and handling charge of $15.95 will be applied.
- Starting 4/8/20, regalia can be purchased at Barnes & Noble located at 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick or at the one day Grad Fair 4/8/20 - 4/9/20 (10:00am - 6:00pm).
- NO Regalia sold on day of graduation at the RAC or Stadium.
- Checklist #8F: Parking
Parking Information for SOE Convocation
- Checklist #8G: Security Check
There will be a security check at the Louis Brown Athletic Center - ATTENTION: NO BALLOONS ARE ALLOWED IN THE LOUIS BROWN ATHLETIC CENTER
- Checklist #8H: Handicap Seating
Special Needs Seating Information at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC): Upon arrival at the stadium and/or RAC, limited handicapped seating is available. This section is on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one family member may sit in the special needs area.
For questions related to special needs parking at University Commencement on May 17th, please contact 848-932-2469.
Hearing Impaired: an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be provided at the Engineering Convocation on Friday May 15th only if you contact us at 848 445-8535. For the University Commencement on Sunday May 17th an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be provided. For questions related to special-needs accommodations at University Commencement, contact us at 848-932-2469.
Service Animals: Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are allowed at the ceremony. All other animals are prohibited from the School of Engineering Convocation and the University Commencement. Visit the ADA website for details.
- Checklist #8I: Indoor and Off-Site Viewing Options
Indoor and Off-Site Viewing Options: Take advantage of these indoor viewing options for both University Commencement on May 17th and the School of Engineering Convocation on May 15th: Live Streaming Webcast: View University Commencement online from this website on May 17 and Engineering Convocation on May 15. A high-speed internet connection, such as cable or fiber optic network, is recommended.
Indoor Viewing at Student Centers: Watch University Commencement on May 17th from the comfort of indoor viewing rooms at the Busch Student Center, Livingston Student Center, or College Avenue Student Center. Situated indoors, guests can enjoy watching a live stream of University Commencement and the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation in the comfort of air conditioning and cushioned seats, and remain out of the sun and weather. Restrooms and limited concessions will be open. Curbside drop-off to any of these student centers is available as well. No tickets are required, and seating is general admission.
- Checklist #8J: Programs
Programs for parents and guests will be available as they arrive prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates will have programs at their seats.
- Checklist #8K: Diplomas at graduation
At graduation, when you walk across the stage, you will be handed a certificate. The actual diploma is mailed from the Registrar. More diploma info.
- Checklist #8L: Pictures
At graduation a professional photographer, GradImages, will take pictures as the graduates walk across the stage and another in front of a backdrop. Pre-register with Grad Images.
**Prior to the ceremony, from 11:30am to 2pm (see Award Ceremonies, Step M below), photographers with GradImages will be available at Richard Weeks Hall to take pictures with graduates and family members. These photographers will be wearing RED VESTS for easy recognition. The images they capture after the ceremony will be available online along with the images they capture of each graduate during the ceremony.**
- Checklist #8M: Departmental Award Ceremonies & Senior Sendoff Celebrations
Departmental Award Ceremonies & Senior Sendoff Celebrations - Graduates will receive an electronic invitation to the day's festivities begining at 11:30am on Friday May 15th at Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering. Please go HERE for parking details.
- Checklist #8N: Parent FAQ's - Tips for planning your day
Where to park, directions to campus, seating information, eateries in the neighborhood, where and how to preorder flowers and pick up on campus day off or order a commemorative T-shirt, all you should know for the day.
Note: For celebratory dinners after the Convocation it is suggested that dinner reservations be made for 7:00pm but 6:30pm could work also (Convocation ceremony ideally should be over by 5:30pm)
- Checklist #8O: University Commencement
University Commencement (the ceremony for all students at RU) is at 10:00am in the stadium on Sunday May 17, 2019. At this ceremony graduates from all schools and all campuses come together in a culminating celebration where the president of the university confers all degrees. More information about University Commencement. If attending University Commencement graduates must wear their regalia, arrive by 9:00am and head to the marshaling area, in the south end of the stadium.