Save the Dates!

On Sunday and Monday, May 12-13, 2024, 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 12, 2024 at SHI Stadium, the Bloustein School will hold its own Convocation Ceremony on Monday, May 13, 2024 meant to culminate the experience by recognizing each student personally.

Convocation of the Bloustein School for Graduate and Undergraduate Students


This event scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2024, 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 2023, October 2023January 2024, May 2024 and August 2024 degree dates, and UNDERGRADUATE students with January 2024May 2024, and August 2024 are invited to participate in the school convocation.

POST-GRADUATION SURVEY: As you embark on new life adventures, we ask that you share your future plans with by completing the Official Post-Graduation Survey with the Rutgers Office of Career Exploration and Success.

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

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

Program & Invitation

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

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

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.


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. All current and past graduations and convocation of the Bloustein School can be found on our website.

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


Regalia (Cap & 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. Click the button below to access the store.


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

Hyatt Regency
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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

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

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

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 Health Commencement, please feel free to contact one of the following staff: