Commencement 2018


Class Day: The Graduating Seniors Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Friends and family are welcome to the ceremony. No RSVP is required. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. reception in the Law Library (graduates, friends and family are welcome.) 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Awards ceremony on the Clark Commons on the Law Bridge (graduates, friends and family are welcome.)

Graduation Ceremony: The Graduation Ceremony for Camden will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the BB&T Pavilion. We are pleased to announce that our graduation speaker is Anita Hill.

Law graduates should report to the Ben Franklin doors at 8:30 am with their realia (graduates should not wear the hood; they will be hooded on stage). Friends and family members will enter through the Walt Whitman side.

Graduation tickets: The venue used for the Camden Graduation, the BB&T Pavilion, is large enough to allow you to bring any guests, and no tickets are necessary. The campus will have a website to make arrangements for those guests who need accommodations. We will distribute further information as soon as it becomes available.

Directions and parking: Information will be posted by the Campus and links will be distributed when updated. Read more about parking at Rutgers - Camden.

Special accommodations: Rutgers University–Camden has made arrangements to ensure that all students and guests attending commencement ceremonies will receive special accommodations. View more information here from Rutgers–Camden.

Reception: A light reception will follow at the Law School's Clark Commons on the Law Bridge. Friends and family members are welcome!

Diplomas: No diplomas are handed out on stage. Diplomas will be given out by the law school in Room E-110 until 1:00 pm. After that, diplomas may be picked up at the Camden Campus Registrar’s Office the following week.

GradImages is the official commencement photographer for our school. Your proofs may be ready to view as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony. You can view your photos online at If you have questions about ordering your photos, please contact the GradImages Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or via email at


Graduation Ceremony: The Graduation Ceremony for Newark will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. We are pleased to announce that our graduation speaker is New Jersey’s Attorney General, Hon. Gurbir S. Grewal. 

The ceremony at NJPAC will begin at 10:00 a.m., but graduates must report for the line up and procession no later than 8:30 a.m. Graduates will be walking to the ceremony from the Law School. Unless you have special permission, you must be in the procession and cannot meet up at NJPAC. The Commencement ceremony ends approximately at Noon then there will be some time for meeting, greeting; and photographing friends, families, and fellow graduates. Graduates and guests are then invited back to the Law School for a some light refreshments. 

Graduation tickets: Each student is allotted five NJPAC tickets, but if you need more than five, ask and we will try to accommodate any request within reason. All tickets are free. The NJPAC tickets are absolutely necessary to get into NJPAC for every single person, including small children and babies. Graduates will get their own ticket (in addition to the 5 guest tickets) the morning of graduation at the line up at the Law School.

Guest seating: Guest seating at NJPAC, while unassigned, will be tier specific. What this means is that ticket holders whose tickets read First Tier will only be allowed entry to that level of the Hall at NJPAC, but that once within the Hall, any seat on that tier can be taken. Guests should arrive early for the best selection of seats available in their tier. We must limit the number of Orchestra and First Tier tickets distributed to insure that one student’s large extended family does not take prime seats from the spouses or parents of several classmates. 

Special accommodations:  NJPAC offers ADA seating in every tier should your guests require it. If you will have a guest with a disability that requires a special seating arrangement, contact Gail Brown at for more information.

Directions and parking: Every Rutgers Newark parking lot will be open for all guests all day long. The NJPAC parking facility will also be available at its usual rates. We found that last year many students chose to park there for the convenience of their guests. Look for Parking Lots A and C, adjacent east of the building. 

Note about area construction:  To facilitate the building of the new Honors Living and Learning Community, there will be temporary daily closures of Washington Street, starting on Wednesday May 9 and running into mid-June. The closures may be for a few minutes at a time, several times an hour. Please plan accordingly and allow extra time for travel to and from commencement, including finding area parking.

Diplomas:  Each student will receive his/her diplomas on stage, unless there are outstanding financial (or other) obligations to the University. 

For any questions regarding Newark's commencement including accommodations, please contact Gail Brown at or call 973.353.2580 or Associate Dean for Student Affairs Sarah Regina at or 973-353-3066.