On the weekend of May 16-17, 2020 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy will recognize our graduates. In addition to University Commencement on Sunday May 17, 2020 at SHI Stadium, the Bloustein School will hold it’s own Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 16th meant to culminate the experience by recognizing each student by name.

Graduate and Undergraduate students RSVP here!


Only graduate students with August/October 2019, January 2020 and May 2020 degree dates, and undergraduate students with January 2020, May 2020 and August 2020 are invited to participate in the school CONVOCATION.  This event scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020, will begin at 9:00am at the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on the Livingston Campus.  Check-in for students begins at 7:30am and closes at 8:30am.  The formal ceremony will recognize each graduate individually with pomp and circumstance.  Seating is general admission with no limits on numbers of family or friends.

Parking for the event is open and ample in the Green and Yellow lots.  Please note for graduate students (masters) that this is a degree awarding ceremony, and only students who have completed all their degree requirements prior to the ceremony can participate.  Diplomas will be issued to masters students and only those who complete their degrees with grades in will be able to – no exceptions.  Those not completing will be invited back to the next ceremonial date.

REGALIA (Cap and Gown)

The Bloustein School CONVOCATION serves as the formal event at which undergraduates will be recognized, graduate students will receive their diploma and doctoral students will be honored individually. All students are required to wear the academic regalia (gown, hood, and cap) specific to their degree.  Hood colors are different based upon degree.

Purchase regalia (caps, gowns, hoods) online for in-store pickup or delivery to your home. Choose the correct degree regalia!
Order online February 7 through March 6 for pick up in-store beginning April 8.
You can also purchase regalia in-store starting on April 8.
For delivery directly to the student order by April 24.
Store address: Barnes & Noble at Rutgers, 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick.


For advance planning purposes, below are some possible hotel/accommodation options for guests attending the events that weekend.  More information to come.

Hilton East Brunswick
3 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Holiday Inn Express
4 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Hyatt Regency
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Days Hotel – East Brunswick
195 Route 18 South
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

The Heldrich Hotel
10 Livingston Avenue (across from Bloustein School)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Should you have any questions regarding the Bloustein School Convocation Ceremony or University Commencement, please feel free to contact one of the following staff:

Graduate Students: Courtney Culler at
Undergraduate Students: Christina Ragone at

GRADUATION SURVEY (Rutgers Career Services)

If you are a graduating student and have not done so yet, do fill out the post-graduation survey offered by Rutgers Career Services.  Complete the Post-Grad Survey for a Chance to Win an Amazon Gift Card! (Link to —