Commencement is on Sunday, May 15th at 10 AM for the at the SHI Football Stadium. Commencement is a campus-wide ceremony, and students are not recognized individually. The Commencement speaker will be announced soon. All students are invited but not required to attend. Tickets and parking passes are required. Learn more about Commencement.
Convocation is the graduation event specifically celebrating social work students on Monday, May 16th at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the Livingston Campus in New Brunswick/Piscataway. Graduating students should arrive by 2PM and the ceremony begins at 3PM and ends at approximately 5PM. Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW, President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which has 55 chapters throughout the United States and its territories, will deliver the School of Social Work’s convocation address.
- Graduates are not required to attend but will not want to miss this festive event.
- Convocation is only for social work graduates: PhD, DSW, MSW, and BASW (New Brunswick and Camden).
- Individual graduates’ names will be read as graduates walk across the stage.
- Registration is not required and free, unlimited parking will be available.
- Special seating for individuals with mobility issues is available but the arena does not have wheelchairs.
- There is no limit to how many guests graduates may invite – guests do not need tickets nor do they need to register to attend.
- Graduates will have their photo taken by professional photographers at least four times including a posed photo in front of a RU background.
- Convocation will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person. The link will be available closer to the event.
To enter the Arena for Convocation, ALL attendees MUST SHOW:
- Proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the event will be required for entry to all indoor events (for all individuals above the age of five).
- Verification of vaccination or negative test result must be accompanied by a valid ID.
- Booster shots are not required to be considered fully vaccinated.
- Photos of vaccination cards and/or apps such as Docket are acceptable – bring valid photo ID, too.
- Home test results are not acceptable.
These items will be checked upon entrance to the facility and there are no exceptions. At this time, the University has lifted the mask requirement, but we do encourage graduates and guests to wear masks at all times. There will be no social-distancing requirements in place.
We encourage you to share your convocation photos on social media on the day of the event using the hashtag #RUSSW2022 in your posts.
Graduates who attend Convocation on May 16th (and/or Commencement on May 15th) will need regalia. Regalia includes a gown, a cap, tassel, and a hood.
For MSW graduates, the cap and gown are basic black and the hood for social work has a citron (yellow) border along the Rutgers scarlet.
For BASW New Brunswick graduates, the cap is black and gown is red.
For BASW Camden graduates, the cap and gown are black.
The tassel is part of the package. Graduates may purchase regalia at the bookstores or order online and have regalia sent to their home (see below). If graduates have access to a black gown and/or cap from a friend or family member, they may purchase the hood and tassel separately. Double-check the package when at purchase time to make sure the tassel is included. Graduates who have been inducted into the Phi Alpha Honor Society, are encouraged to wear their medallion. You are not required to pre-order your regalia. Please direct questions about regalia to the bookstore staff.
Graduates may purchase regalia from the Barnes and Noble Rutgers University Bookstores (locations below). Want to have it shipped to you? Order online now through April 22 with the ship to home option. A delivery charge will apply. Purchase in store at the Barnes and Noble Somerset Street location beginning April 6. Call ahead to check on hours and availability.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick: https://rutgersnb.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome
Gateway Transit Building
100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University–Newark
42 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102
University District Bookstore at Rutgers University–Camden: https://colleges.herffjones.com/college/rucamden/
601 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08102
For those who are unable to attend convocation in person, Rutgers School of Social Work has set up a live stream of the event, which can be accessed at https://livestream.com/accounts/21070135/events/10347581