On the weekend of May 13-14, 2023, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy will celebrate our graduates. In addition to Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at SHI Stadium, the Bloustein School will hold its own Convocation Ceremony on Saturday, May 13th meant to culminate the experience by recognizing each student personally.

for All Graduate and Undergraduate Students

This event scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2023, will begin promptly at 10:00am at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the Livingston Campus.  Check-in for students begins at 8:00 am and closes at 9:00 am.

The formal BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL CONVOCATION ceremony will recognize each graduate individually with pomp and circumstance.  Students will cross the stage and have their names read as they are recognized. Seating is general admission with no tickets and no limits on numbers of family, friends or guests. Parking is ample and available in the Yellow and Green Lots adjacent to Jersey Mike’s Arena.

Important note: GRADUATE students with August 2022, October 2022, January 2023, and May 2023 degree dates, and UNDERGRADUATE students with January 2023, May 2023, and August 2023 are invited to participate in the school CONVOCATION.

GRADUATION SURVEY (Rutgers Career Services):
If you are a graduating student, fill out the post-graduation survey offered by Rutgers Career Services.  Complete the Post-Grad Survey for a chance to win a great gift! (

Undergraduate Students (whether Bloustein, SAS or SEBS) are recognized at the ceremony as graduates from the following Bloustein School majors:

Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
Bachelor of Science in Public Policy
Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Design
Bachelor of Arts in Planning and Public Policy

Graduate students are recognized with the following degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy in Planning and Public Policy
Master of City and Regional Planning
Master of City and Regional Studies
Master of Public Policy
Master of Public Affairs and Politics
Master of Health Administration
Master of Public Informatics

Helpful hint: meet with your academic advisor well in advance to make sure you are on track to graduate!


Have guests that are unable to attend the event in person? Don’t worry – we will be live streaming the event via Facebook Live! They can watch the feed on our website OR view the event directly on Facebook Live.

The live stream will begin at about 9:45 a.m., but the Procession of Graduates will not start until 10:00 a.m. We will do everything we can to ensure the live streaming goes smoothly however, we cannot account for connectivity issues.


Download a PDF of the 2023 Bloustein School Convocation Program!

NOTE: All information in the program is accurate as of May 1, 2023.


We look forward to seeing all graduates, their families, and friends on Saturday, May 13!

Guest Seating: We have seating for as many guests as you want to bring. Tickets are NOT required.

Click on the image at right to download an image of the commemorative invitation, or click here for a PDF.

Right-click to save a JPG of the invitation.


The Bloustein School hires an independent photographer for the Convocation event. Graduates and their families are welcome to download all photos FREE OF CHARGE for personal use. The Bloustein School holds the copyright to all photos. Photos may not be used for any marketing or promotional purposes or without the permission of the subject of the photo and the Bloustein School.

Photos will be posted a few days after the event at a permanent location on our website. All current and past graduations and convocation of the Bloustein School may be found here:

For ease of finding the website, we have included a QR code on the program available at the in-person event.

REGALIA (Cap and Gown)

Academic regalia is required for participation in all events. Rutgers–New Brunswick graduates can purchase regalia from Barnes and Noble Rutgers University Bookstore through the online store. Order by February 28th for an early bird discount on the purchase price! The last day to order regalia is April 17th.


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

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

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

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

DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset
200 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873


Should you have any questions regarding the Bloustein School Convocation Ceremony or Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement, please feel free to contact one of the following staff:

Graduate Students: Courtney Culler at
Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate Counselors at