Office of Academic Services

Departmental Convocations

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.

Most of these events will take place on commencement weekend, and a few will be earlier in the spring. Students are invited to attend the departmental reception or ceremony planned for their declared major. For students majoring in more than one subject, those students may choose which of the appropriate program(s) to attend.

Click on a major below for information about the associated departmental reception or ceremony. Additional details about each convocation will be added as they become available.

Please note: Many of the event locations, because of the geography of the Rutgers campuses, will require a fair amount of walking.

African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures Information Technology and Informatics
Africana Studies Italian
American Studies Italian Studies
Anthropology Jewish Studies
Art History Journalism and Media Studies
Astrophysics Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Biochemistry Latin American Studies
Biological Sciences Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Biomathematics Linguistics
Cell Biology and Neuroscience Marine Sciences
Chemistry Mathematics
Chinese Medical Technology
Classics Medieval Studies
Communication Microbiology
Comparative Literature Middle Eastern Studies
Computer Science Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Criminal Justice Music
Dance Nutritional Sciences
East Asian Languages and Area Studies Philosophy
Ecology and Natural Resources Physics
Economics Planning and Public Policy
English Political Science
Environmental Sciences Portuguese
European Studies Psychology
Evolutionary Anthropology Public Health
Exercise Science and Sport Studies Religion
French Russian
Genetics Social Work
Geography Sociology
Geological Sciences Spanish
German Statistics
History Statistics/Mathematics
History/French Theater Arts
History/Political Science Visual Arts
Human Resource Management Women's and Gender Studies

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Saturday, May 17, 2014

SAS - Psychology

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 am.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Venue Notes:
  • There will be a bag check upon entering the athletic center. Glass bottles are not permitted; plastic water bottles are allowed.
  • Balloons are not permitted.
  • Strollers are allowed, but must be left in the lobby of the venue during the event.
  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the RAC, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.
Suggested Parking:
  • RAC Parking Lots (please follow signage when entering campus)
  • There is no need to obtain a Commencement parking pass for this event. Parking passes are only necessary for events held on Sunday, May 18.

SAS - Criminal Justice

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am.
  • Graduates are expected to sign in and register in the College Avenue Gym Annex by 9:15am.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Guests:
  • Graduates are allowed to bring up to 6 guests.
  • If you have a guest requiring handicap seating due to wheelchair use, walker use, the use of a breathing apparatus/oxygen tank, or is deaf/hard-of-hearing, graduates must RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Venue Notes:

  • There will be a bag check upon entering the College Avenue Gym. Glass bottles are not permitted; plastic water bottles are allowed.
  • Balloons are not permitted.
  • Strollers are allowed, but must be left in the lobby of the venue during the event.
  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the College Avenue Gym, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.
Suggested Parking:
  • Lot 30 (behind the College Avenue Gym)
  • Lot 26 (behind the Rutgers Student Center)
  • College Avenue Parking Deck
  • There is no need to obtain a Commencement parking pass for this event. Parking passes are only necessary for events held on Sunday, May 18.

SAS - Geography

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at noon.
Venue Notes:
  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off in the circular driveway at the front entrance of the Livingston Student Center and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.
Suggested Parking:
  • Lot 101 (behind Kilmer Library)
  • There is no need to obtain a Commencement parking pass for this event. Parking passes are only necessary for events held on Sunday, May 18.

SAS - Anthropology

  • Saturday, May 17 - 3:00-5:00pm
    Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall
    Douglass Campus

    Majors in Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology

Program:

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.

Venue Notes:

  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the campus center, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.

Suggested Parking:

  • Lot 70 (behind the Douglass Campus Center)
  • Douglass Parking Deck
  • There is no need to obtain a Commencement parking pass for this event. Parking passes are only necessary for events held on Sunday, May 18.

SAS - Economics

  • Saturday, May 17 - 3:00-5:00pm
    College Avenue Gym
    College Avenue Campus

    Majors in Economics

Program:

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.

Venue Notes:

  • There will be a bag check upon entering the College Avenue Gym. Glass bottles are not permitted; plastic water bottles are allowed.
  • Balloons are not permitted.
  • Strollers are allowed, but must be left in the lobby of the venue during the event.
  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the College Avenue Gym, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.

Suggested Parking:

  • Lot 30 (behind the College Avenue Gym)
  • Lot 26 (behind the Rutgers Student Center)
  • College Avenue Parking Deck
  • There is no need to obtain a Commencement parking pass for this event. Parking passes are only necessary for events held on Sunday, May 18.

School of Management and Labor Relations

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SAS - Sociology

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 am.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Parking:
  • Parking on the Busch Campus will require a Blue parking pass.
  • Shuttles will be provided from other campuses to Busch.
  • Special needs parking will require special Rutgers hangtags; please see the University Commencement parking site for more information.
  • For guests not planning to attend University Commencement, it is recommended that guests enter Busch Campus from Davidson Road via Piscataway, avoiding Rt. 18 if possible.

SAS - Exercise Science and Sport Studies

  • Sunday, May 18 - 9:30-10:30am
    College Avenue Gym
    College Avenue Campus

    Majors in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 am.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.

Venue Notes:

  • There will be a bag check upon entering the College Avenue Gym. Glass bottles are not permitted; plastic water bottles are allowed.
  • Balloons are not permitted.
  • Strollers are allowed, but must be left in the lobby of the venue during the event.
  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the College Avenue Gym, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.
  • Shuttles will be available immediately after the program to bring guests to the main University Commencement program, which begins at 12:30.
Suggested Parking:

SAS - Biological Sciences

  • Sunday, May 18 - 9:30-11:30am
    Science Quad Tent
    Busch Campus

    Majors in Biological Sciences and Medical Technology

Program:

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 am.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.

Parking:

  • Parking on the Busch Campus will require a Blue parking pass.
  • Shuttles will be provided from other campuses to Busch.
  • Special needs parking will require special Rutgers hangtags; please see the University Commencement parking site for more information.
  • For guests not planning to attend University Commencement, it is recommended that guests enter Busch Campus from Davidson Road via Piscataway, avoiding Rt. 18 if possible.

SAS - Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

  • Sunday, May 18 - 10:00-11:00am
    Busch Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
    Busch Campus

    Majors in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Program:

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.

Parking:

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

SAS - Genetics

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Parking:
  • Parking on the Busch Campus will require a Blue parking pass.
  • Shuttles will be provided from other campuses to Busch.
  • Special needs parking will require special Rutgers hangtags; please see the University Commencement parking site for more information.
  • For guests not planning to attend University Commencement, it is recommended that guests enter Busch Campus from Davidson Road via Piscataway, avoiding Rt. 18 if possible.

SAS - Mathematics and Physical Sciences

  • Sunday, May 18 - 4:00-6:00pm
    Science Quad Tent
    Busch Campus

    Majors in Astrophysics, Biomathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Statistics/Mathematics
Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Parking:
  • Parking on the Busch Campus will require a Blue parking pass.
  • Shuttles will be provided from other campuses to Busch.
  • Special needs parking will require special Rutgers hangtags; please see the University Commencement parking site for more information.
  • For guests not planning to attend University Commencement, it is recommended that guests enter Busch Campus from Davidson Road via Piscataway, avoiding Rt. 18 if possible.

SAS - Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Parking:
  • Parking on the Busch Campus will require a Blue parking pass.
  • Shuttles will be provided from other campuses to Busch.
  • Special needs parking will require special Rutgers hangtags; please see the University Commencement parking site for more information.
  • For guests not planning to attend University Commencement, it is recommended that guests enter Busch Campus from Davidson Road via Piscataway, avoiding Rt. 18 if possible.

School of Communication and Information

SAS - Philosophy

Program:

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.

Suggested Parking:

SAS - Comparative Literature

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Suggested Parking:

SAS - Humanities

  • Sunday, May 18 - 4:30-6:30pm
    Voorhees Mall
    College Avenue Campus

    Majors in AMESALL, Art History, Chinese, Classics, East Asian Languages and Area Studies, English, French, German, Italian, Italian Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Linguistics, Religion, and Russian
Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Venue Notes:
  • Guests with mobility issues may park in Lot 16 and plan to take the elevator up in either the Graduate School of Education or Murray Hall to reach Voorhees Mall.
  • This event will be taking place outside, rain or shine. Please plan to wear appropriate protective attire and bring sun screen.
Suggested Parking:

SAS - History

  • Sunday, May 18 - 4:30-6:30pm
    Voorhees Mall
    College Avenue Campus

    Majors in European Studies, History, History/French, History/Political Science, Middle Eastern Studies, and Medieval Studies
Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Venue Notes:
  • Guests with mobility issues may park in Lot 16 and plan to take the elevator up in either the Graduate School of Education or Murray Hall to reach Voorhees Mall.
  • This event will be taking place outside, rain or shine. Please plan to wear appropriate protective attire and bring sun screen.
Suggested Parking:

SAS - Political Science

  • Sunday, May 18 - 4:30-6:30pm
    Antilles Field
    Douglass Campus

    Majors in Political Science

Program:
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 pm.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia.
Venue Notes:
  • The location of this venue is not next to any parking lots, and will require that guests travel a short distance from all parking lots and drop-off points.
  • Special needs parking is not specifically reserved at this venue. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off on George Street (at Chapel Road), and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.
  • This event will be taking place outside, rain or shine. Please plan to wear appropriate protective attire and bring sun screen.

Suggested Parking:

  • Lot 70 (behind the Douglass Campus Center)
  • Douglass Parking Deck
  • Lots 79 and 79A (next to Hickman Hall)

Monday, May 19, 2014

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

  • Monday, May 19 - 10:00am-12:00pm
    Passion Puddle Lawn
    Douglass Campus
    OR
    Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) (Rain location)
    Livingston Campus

    Majors in Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Natural Resources, Marine Sciences, Microbiology, and Nutritional Sciences
Program:
  • Students should arrive by 9:00am to line up.
  • Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia. Graduates may wear a robe representing the School of Arts and Sciences and are not required to purchase a separate green robe for the SEBS portion of the ceremony.
  • Click here for additional details.
RSVP Required:
  • Students must RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by email to confirm that they plan to attend, and should make sure that they receive a confirmation email.
Venue Notes:
  • An unlimited number of guests may attend. SEBS does not provide chairs for guests and suggests that they bring their own chairs if they wish to sit.
  • The location of this venue is not next to any parking lots, and will require that guests travel a short distance from all parking lots and drop-off points.

School of Social Work

Programs Held Before Commencement Weekend

The following majors will be holding programs before commencement weekend. Please contact their departments directly for information about the program planned for graduating seniors:

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

SAS - Women's and Gender Studies

Majors in Women's and Gender Studies

SAS - Spanish and Portuguese

Majors in Spanish, Portuguese

SAS - Jewish Studies

Majors in Jewish Studies

SAS - Rites of Passage

  • Thursday, May 15
    Location and time to be determined.

Majors in Africana Studies

SAS - American Studies

Majors in American Studies

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ADVISING CENTERS
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Busch Campus Center
Room 172

  • Douglass Campus

College Hall
Room 104

  • College Avenue Campus

Milledoler Hall
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  • Livingston Campus
Lucy Stone Hall
Room A-216