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Tips for Planning Your Day - May 2022

You will not need to register to park on Rutgers–New Brunswick campuses on May 13, 2022 to attend the Department Award Festivities and the School of Engineering Convocation at the Jersey Mike's Arena. If attending the University Commencement on May 15, 2022 then you will need to register for parking, please check  University Ceremony Information.                                                              
  • Allow enough time to park and get to your event location there could be a line into the Jersey Mike's Arena. 
  • COVID-19 Protocols: The University has recently updated the COVID-19 requirements please note that we do require proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the indoor events and must remain compliant with the published COVID-19 protocols, HOWEVER, masks are not required for on-campus events effective March 10, 2022. (show either a scanned copy of the card or you can use Docket)
  • All travelers, foreign or domestic, must adhere to the U.S. Department of State Travel Restrictions.
  • There will be a security check at the stadium and the Jersey Mike's Arena. Please review the new Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy. Only clutches and wristlets no larger than 6.5"x 4.5" or clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags no larger than 12"x12"x6" will be allowed into the stadium and the RAC. Backpacks and large bags/purses are not permittedLearn more about allowable carry-in items.
  • No parking hang tag needed on May 13, 2022 to attend the School of Engineering Convocation ceremony, however if attending the Schools activities that start at 11:00am on Busch campus you have the option of parking on Busch Campus in lot 54, spend the day on Busch Campus then drive to Livingston Campus Green and Yellow lot for the 3:30pm School Convocation or you may park all day on Livingston Campus in the green and yellow lots and take the campus bus (look for summer schedule) to Busch for the days activities. Check our Parking section for more information.
  • School of Engineering festivities and departmental award ceremonies for graduates and their friends and family on Friday May13th from 11:00am outside the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering (see department schedules)
  • THE GRADUATES MUST BE LINED UP FOR THE SoE CONVOCATION at the Jersey Mike's Arena on May 13, 2022 AND BE READY TO GO NO LATER THAN 2:45pm.
  • Be certain to wear comfortable shoes for the days activities. Expect moderate walking. Know that the venues have concrete flooring and steps.
  • PARENTS & GUESTS: ATTENTION THERE WILL BE NO BALLOONS ALLOWED IN THE Jersey Mike's Arena.
  • For celebratory dinners after the Convocation it is suggested that dinner reservations be made for 7:00pm but 6:30pm would work also (Convocation ceremony ideally should be over by 5:30pm)
  • Special Needs Seating Information at the Jersey Mike's Arena: Upon arrival at the stadium and/or Jersey Mike's Arena, limited handicapped seating is available. This section is on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one additional family member may sit in the special needs area with the handicap family member.
  • Hearing Impaired: an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be provided at the Engineering Convocation on Friday May 13th only if you contact us at 848 445-8535.
  • 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.
  • Live Streaming Webcast: View SoE Convocation HERE (TBD). A high-speed internet connection, such as cable or fiber optic network, is recommended.

Restaurants and Eateries

NEW BRUNSWICK RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES

From simple and fabulous international fast foods to some of the most celebrated fine dining establishments in New Jersey, New Brunswick can satisfy your gastronomic desires, whatever your mood and budget.
 OTHER NEARBY RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES

Nearby Highland Park is known for its specialty dining, dessert shops, ice-cream parlors, and wifi-equipped cafés.

Hotels

NEW BRUNSWICK AND PISCATAWAY HOTELS

Most of the Rutgers–New Brunswick Campus is located in the city of New Brunswick and the town of Piscataway.

OTHER NEARBY HOTELS

Hotels in these nearby towns also offer easy access to Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Guests: This years ceremony will be at the Jersey Mikes Arena at 3:30pm. An invitation is NOT needed to gain access.

  • Seating: Seating for the Convocation is provided for faculty and graduates only.  All others are on a first come first served basis.
  • Flowers: Family and Friends can pre-order flowers to be ready and pick them up at the graduation as you walk in the doors of the Louis Brown Athletic Center for the big day or at the awards festivities starting at 10:00am on Busch Campus in front of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering building! Just go to CommencementFlowers.com, PLEASE MAKE SURE TO TELL THEM WHEN ORDERING, YOUR CEREMONY TIME AND LOCATION (3:30pm Jersey Mike's Arena).
  • Photos: Guests will not be permitted to approach the platform area for the purpose of taking pictures while the ceremony is in progress and the graduating students are on the stage. A professional photographic studio (Chappell - Grad Images) will take pictures of all graduates as they receive their diploma. They will email proofs to the students just a few days after graduation and you can place your order online, by telephone or mail. GradImages may be contacted at 800-261-2576 or www.gradimages.com. Grad Images will also be around taking pictures at the days festivities starting at 10:00am on Busch campus in front of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering building.
  • Commemorative T-Shirt Advance Orders: Pre-order a commemorative T-shirt and have them shipped to your home, please fill out THIS FORM and follow instructions. NOTE shirts are not available for shipping until the week before Commencement, as we do not have the final list of potential graduates until we are close to the event – inclusion on the shirt does not guarantee that a student has completed all requirements for graduation! Pre-order a Commemorative T-shirt today
  • Food & Beverages at the Louis Brown Athletic Center: Food will not be permitted in the Jersey Mike's Arena. Food and beverages maybe purchased outside of the Arena.