School of Communication and Information Graduation Convocation 2024

If you are a SC&I undergraduate major or master's student with a 2024 degree - whether January, May, or August - this is the ceremony where your name will be called and you will walk across the stage and be congratulated individually. Doctoral candidates with August 2023, January and May 2024, graduation dates are eligible.

  • Graduates must arrive by 9:00 a.m. inside Jersey Mike’s Arenato line up for the processional.
  • Guests should plan to arrive in time to be seated by 9:45 a.m.
  • The ceremony itself will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon. You can count on us to begin and end promptly.
  • A small reception will follow the ceremony.
  • If you have guests who cannot come to campus but want to watch, they will be able to view the ceremony through streaming, see below for the link.

Tickets and Invitations

Students: You do not need to RSVP to come to SC&I’s graduation. We look forward to greeting all graduates!

Guests: We have seating for as many guests as you want to bring, and they do not need tickets.

For graduates who have guests coming from abroad who need a letter to accompany their visa application, please contact your international student adviser.

To download your souvenir invitation, click here.

Cap and Gowns

Academic regalia is recommended for SC&I's event (and is required for the Commencement event at SHI Stadium on Sunday, May 12).

Visit the Barnes and Noble Rutgers University Bookstore website for information about ordering regalia. You’ll be able to order online and have it shipped to you if you prefer.

There will also be a Grad Fair in April when you can purchase class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames, and much more!

If you are an undergraduate, you should purchase a gown based on your four-year Rutgers college (e.g., SAS, SEBS). You will wear a white hood for a B.A. degree.

If you are a graduate student, make sure you get a black cap and gown and the appropriate colored hood: for MCM it is crimson; for MHCI it is white; for MI it is lemon yellow; for Ph.D. it is a deep blue. Doctoral students who are planning an academic career may consider having a custom set of regalia made. This takes four to six weeks so order early!

Day of Graduation

Directions

Jersey Mike’s Arena is at 83 Rockafeller Road in Piscataway, NJ, on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Livingston Campus.  Use our link for directions.

Parking

For the SC&I ceremony on May 9: No special parking tags are needed. Follow directions to Jersey Mike’s Arena and as you get close, there will be signs and attendants will direct you to park.  See below for special needs parking information.

For the campus event on Sunday, May 12, you will need to register for special parking hangtags.  See the campus commencement page for further information.)

Photography

A photographer will take photos of every graduate who walks across the stage. The vendor, Island Photography, will email you shortly after the ceremony with a link so you can review and purchase your photos. You will be able to register in advance with them to view your photo gallery about 72 hours after graduation – this is especially important if you are no longer using your Rutgers email address. You can enter your own email and up to six emails of family and friends with whom you would like to share your photos.  Purchase is optional, of course.

For questions and more information, contact
Island Photography
800-869-0908

Food and Drink

Drinks will be available for sale at the concession stands within the stadium. SC&I will host a small reception immediately after the ceremony in a tent outside.

Flowers

Flowers will be on sale at our event.

Diploma

Your Rutgers diploma will be mailed to you at the address you gave the Register when you completed the Online Diploma Application during your last semester of classes. It takes about six weeks for the diploma to be sent to you.

Program Booklet Available for Download

This will be made available a few days before the ceremony on May 9

Graduating Students and Guests with Special Needs

Parking

The best place for someone to park who has accessibility issues is in the Green Lot near JMA. There will be golf cart shuttles running from the parking lot to the door of the stadium. If someone else is driving, they can drop the person with special needs off relatively close to the front door and then go and park.

Graduating Students with Any Special Needs

If you are a graduating student who needs accommodations of any kind for yourself at the ceremony, please send an email to Associate Dean Karen Novick as early as possible or call 848-932-8820 to make arrangements.

Guest Seating for Special Needs

There is special needs seating inside the arena and there is no need to register separately for access to it. One member of your group will be able to sit with the person who has special needs; the rest of the group will be directed to regular seating.

What Else You Need to Do

Make sure you applied for a diploma!

Tell us your post-graduation plans

August/October 2023 graduates, please complete this quick survey to let us know what you plan to do next.

Other Ceremonies You Can Attend

Undergraduate students

Check the website of your four-year school (SAS, SEBS, etc.) for information about their ceremonies.  SAS students with a SC&I major generally attend the SC&I graduation, but you are eligible to also attend an SAS ceremony.

You are also invited on Sunday, May 12 to SHI Stadium for the Rutgers University—New Brunswick and Rutgers Health Commencement. Check the University Commencement website for more information.  This is a celebratory event for all of Rutgers New Brunswick and RBHS; no individual student names are called.

Masters students

In addition to the SC&I graduation, you are invited on Sunday, May 12 to SHI Stadium for the Rutgers University—New Brunswick and Rutgers Health Commencement. Check the University Commencement website for more information. This is a celebratory event for all of Rutgers New Brunswick and RBHS, but no individual student names are called.

Doctoral students

Doctoral students may also participate in the School of Graduate Studies ceremony on Friday, May 9.