Office of Academic Services


Congratulations Seniors!

The 248th Anniversary Commencement and School of Arts and Sciences Convocations will be held on

  • Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, 2014

Graduation is made up of two great events: the university-wide celebration at the stadium and a department-specific convocation where you’ll join with your graduating class and receive individual recognition. We hope you will plan to participate in both programs.

No tickets are required, and you may invite as many guests as you wish to any of the Commencement and Convocation programs.

Parking permits will be required for all events held on Sunday, May 18.  Graduating students may request 2 free parking permits, and guests and families may purchase additional permits if desired.  Parking registration will be available for graduating students beginning in March at

University Commencement

Additional information is available on the University Commencement website.

SAS students whose primary major is a joint degree from EJBSPPP, RBS, SC&I, or SMLR may choose to process with either SAS or their joint degree school at the University Commencement ceremony.

Departmental Convocations

The Departmental Convocations are where you’ll join with your graduating class and faculty to receive individual recognition.  This is the event where you will be individually recognized for your accomplishments and where you will walk across a stage while your name is called. The time and location of these celebrations will be dependent on your major.

For a complete list of these events, please see the Departmental Convocations page.

Commencement and Convocation Participants

All SAS, Douglass College, Livingston College, Rutgers College, and University College students who have:

  • graduated in January 2014
  • registered to complete all their degree requirements by May 2014
  • classified to graduate in October 2014, will have completed a minimum of 108 credits at the end of the spring term, and register in the summer for ALL courses to complete their degree requirements

may participate in the May 2014 commencement and convocation ceremonies.

Disability Accommodations

Ample handicap seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis at all of the convocation events.


Actual conferred diplomas will be mailed after commencement to your address. Students are asked to be certain that their address on record is accurate. Changes can be made at the Registrar's Office.

Note: Diplomas dated with a May 2014 conferral will be delivered throughout the summer. Diplomas and Official Transcripts will be withheld from all students whose financial accounts and debts (including tuition, housing, parking, and library) are not cleared.

Departmental Receptions and Ceremonies

The School of Arts and Sciences is proud of the accomplishments of all of its students, and has planned departmental receptions and ceremonies in a variety of formats to individually recognize all of our graduating seniors this year.

Click here for more information about the departmental receptions and ceremonies.

Graduation Honors

All graduating seniors who complete their academic career with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above are awarded graduation honors.
The Latin form of honors will be bestowed: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude.  GPA requirements for distinctions:

  • 3.500 - 3.699 Cum Laude (Honors)
  • 3.700 - 3.849 Magna Cum Laude (High Honors)
  • 3.850 - 4.000 Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors)

This achievement will be recognized with a gold honors cord to be worn as part of the regalia at the SAS Convocation and Departmental Recognition ceremonies on May 17-18, 2014.

Check back soon for more information about cord distribution.

Invitations/Number of Guests

When you purchase your cap and gown, you will also be given six graduation invitations. Please note that these invitations are "keepsakes" for you and your family. There is not a limit on the number of guests who may attend.

Keeping Informed

Information for graduates will be available on this page and the Senior Class Sakai site. Updates to the Sakai site are emailed to all members of the SAS senior class.

Parking and Directions

Information on parking and directions for the University Commencement ceremony at the stadium and all convocations held on Sunday, May 18 can be found on the University Commencement site. Parking registration will be available for graduating students beginning in March.

Parking permits will be required for all events held on Sunday, May 18. Graduating students may request 2 free parking permits, and guests and families may purchase additional permits if desired. Please check the Commencement Parking and Transportation page for details on obtaining parking permits.

Suggested parking for convocation events will be available on the Departmental Receptions and Ceremonies page in April. If your departmental reception is on May 18, please review our detailed suggestions for parking on that day within the information for each individual reception.  Please allow extra time to arrive at your events.


GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement and Convocations. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Photo opportunity locations will be set up around the university commencement and convocation sites, some with professional photographers and some for you to take your own photos. Please allow extra time if you plan to take photos with your family.

Photographers will also be available at all of the SAS Convocations on May 17 and 18.

Regalia (Cap and Gown)

regaliaRegalia should be worn at University Commencement and at school or departmental convocations. The regalia for SAS students is a red gown with black panels, a black cap, and a red and black tassel. 

This regalia should be worn by ALL SAS STUDENTS (SAS, Douglass, Livingston, Rutgers, and University Colleges), including those whose primary major resides in Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, School of Communication and Information, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School of Management and Labor Relations, or School of Social Work.

Students majoring in subjects offered by Mason Gross or the Rutgers Business School may choose to instead wear regalia in the colors of those schools.

When you purchase your regalia you will be asked which degree you will earn. Hoods for the BA degree are trimmed in white and those for the BS degree are trimmed in gold. All programs of study yield BA degrees (white hoods) except the following majors which offer BS degrees (gold hoods): accounting, astrophysics, evolutionary anthropology, exercise science, finance, geological sciences, management, marine sciences, marketing, microbiology (680), nutritional sciences, public health, and supply chain & marketing science. Both BA and BS tracks are offered in biochemistry (115), computer science, and physics.

  • For students with multiple majors, the hood should represent the discipline of the first major.

Information about purchasing regalia can be found on the University Commencement site.

Tips for Planning Your Day

  • Be certain to wear comfortable shoes; shoes with very high or spiked heels are not recommended. In the stadium, students and guests will walk on cement steps to the staging area before the procession begins. During the procession, students will walk across the football field to the seating area. Some Convocation venues are on the grass
  • Bring sunglasses. Wear sunblock.
  • There will be a security check at the stadium.


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