School of Communication and Information Graduation Convocation 2023

If you are an SC&I undergraduate major or master's student with a 2023 degree - whether January, May, August, or October - this is the ceremony at which your name will be called and you will walk across the stage and be congratulated individually. Doctoral candidates with August 2022, January and May 2023, graduation dates are eligible.

  • Graduates must arrive by 9:00 a.m. inside Jersey Mike’s Arena to 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.  Visit this page for the link after March.

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.

Souvenir Invitations: In March you will be able to download an invitation to share with your family and friends.

Cap and Gowns


Academic regalia is recommended for SC&I's event (and is required for the University’s Commencement on Sunday, May 14).

Visit this page in March for details on how to purchase regalia from the Barnes and Noble Rutgers University Bookstore. 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 silver; 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

Live Stream

We will stream our ceremony live on May 11 beginning at 10:00 am, and the stream will be available afterward so you can re-live the thrill! Visit this site in March for the link.


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. Or, click here to register in advance to view your photo gallery.  You can enter your own email and up to six emails of family and friends with whom you would like to share your photos.  Images will be posted within 72 hours of the ceremony. Purchase is optional, of course.

For questions and more information, contact 
Island Photography

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 will be on sale at our event.


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. 


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


For the SC&I ceremony on May 11: No special parking tags are needed. Follow directions to Jersey Mike’s Arena and as you get close, signs and attendants will direct you to park.

(Note that for parking at University Commencement on May 14, you will need to register for parking and get a special hangtag. We will link to their information when it is available during early spring 2023.)

Covid Protocols

All graduates, guests, faculty, and staff attending this graduation convocation must have a valid ID and show either proof of full vaccination or a COVID-19 negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event. (Children age 4 and under are exempt from this requirement. Children over 4 do not need ID but must show vaccination or test information.) Masks are optional but encouraged at the ceremony.

Graduating Students and Guests with Special Needs

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.


Parking for Special Needs


The best place for a guest to park who has accessibility issues is in the Green Lot near the RAC. If someone else is driving, the guest can be dropped off relatively close to the door.

Guest Seating for Special Needs


SC&I ceremony: 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.

You Can Film a Shout-Out Video

What Else You Need to Do

Make sure you applied for a diploma!

If you have not applied to graduate through completion of a diploma application, please contact our Office of Student Services immediately.

Tell us your post-graduation plans

Please complete this quick survey to let us know what you plan to do next.  


Other Ceremonies You Can Attend

All Students

Everyone is invited to the 256th Rutgers University Anniversary Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at SHI Stadium!  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.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students: Click here for information about ceremonies associated with your SAS, SEBS, or other Rutgers-New Brunswick school.  While SAS students with a SC&I major are eligible to attend either SAS or SC&I, you are generally expected to attend just the SC&I event.

Masters students

Masters students: The SC&I ceremony is the only one where your name will be called.


Doctoral students

Doctoral students:  You may participate in both the SC&I and School of Graduate Studies ceremonies. You will be hooded at both, although at the SC&I ceremony we will read your dissertation title and you will be hooded by your adviser.