The event will be livestreamed on the Bloustein School Facebook page. The direct link will be This is a public page/public event so you do not need a Facebook account to watch the stream.


On the weekend of May 14-15, 2022 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 15, 2022 at SHI Stadium, the Bloustein School will hold its own Convocation on Saturday, May 14 meant to culminate the experience by recognizing each student by name.


GRADUATE students with August/October 2021, January 2022, and May 2022 degree dates, and UNDERGRADUATE students with January 2022, May 2022, and August 2022 are invited to participate in the school CONVOCATION.  This event scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022, will begin at 9:30 am at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the Livingston Campus.  Check-in for students begins at 7:30 am and closes at 8:30 am. 

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 Convocation 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 master’s 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.

To park on campus during Commencement, May 15, 2022, graduates, and guests must have a special Commencement Parking Hangtag. Registration will be open March 21-April 18, 2022. Make sure to secure your hangtag early.

Visit the Parking page for more information. 


Masks are not required for on-campus events, effective March 10, 2022.

Vaccination requirements:

  • Indoor events attendees MUST show proof of full vaccination or a COVID-19 negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event and must remain compliant with published COVID-19 protocols. This includes all GRADUATES, students, faculty, staff and guests age 5 and above.  The event facility will check for this at the door so bring proper authorized vaccine documentation AND ID with you
  • Outdoor events attendees are exempt from the proof of vaccine/negative test requirement.
  • Off-campus events are required to follow face covering and vaccination guidelines set by the host venue.

The health and safety of the Rutgers University community remains our top priority.

We ensure that all in-person events are carried out in a manner that complies with CDCNew Jersey Department of Health, and Rutgers University guidelines

  • Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement attendees will not be required to wear masks or show proof of vaccination in SHI Stadium. 
  • Attendees who will be riding on Commencement Shuttle Buses will be required to wear masks while on the bus. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in contact recently with anyone who has been infected with COVID-19, we kindly ask that you stay home.

All travelers, foreign or domestic, must adhere to the U.S. Department of State Travel Restrictions.

Please continue to check the event website for the most up to date information.

Have guests that can’t attend the Bloustein School Convocation? We will be showing via Facebook Live and a link on our website (coming soon)!


  • No tickets are needed for Commencement at SHI Stadium! 
    • Download and share the Bloustein Schoool Commencement / Convocation Save the Date with family and friends.
    • Download and share the official Commencement Invitation.
    • Personalized announcements may be ordered through Herff Jones, Inc.

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 academic regalia (gown, hood, and cap) specific to their degree.  Hood colors are different based upon degree.

Academic regalia is required to participate in commencement and convocation ceremonies.

Rutgers–New Brunswick graduates can purchase regalia from Barnes and Noble Rutgers University Bookstore through the online store.  

  • Order online now thru March 4 to be delivered in-store with no delivery charge.
  • Want to have it shipped to you?  Order online now thru April 22 with the ship to home option. Delivery charge will apply.
  • Purchase in-store at the Barnes and Noble Somerset Street location beginning April 6.
  • Grad Fair will be held at Barnes and Noble in New Brunswick on April 6 &7 from 10am-6pm. Visit with representatives and see the selection of class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames, and much more!

Don’t Miss Out on the Fun!

  • You’ve worked hard and it’s time to celebrate your accomplishment! 
    • Film Your Shout Out! Say Thank You: Record a shout-out to the people that have supported you throughout your college career—it might appear on the SHI stadium video board at Commencement! Filming dates are as follows:
      Grad Fair: April 7 12-3 p.m. 
      Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, New BrunswickHot Dog Day: April 22 1-4 p.m.
      Red Lion Cafe, College Avenue Student CenterRutgers Day: April 30 
      Scott Hall on Voorhees Mall
    • Share Your Next Steps: Complete the Career Services survey about your post-graduation plans for your chance to be entered into a raffle to win your choice of Apple Air Pods or a $100 Amazon gift card!


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: Undergraduate Counselors 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 —