Information for Class of 2014

Congratulations on becoming a Rutgers graduate! Please bookmark this page and check back frequently to help you prepare for University Commencement and Convocation. Be sure to read all the information below carefully and contact Linda Post or Laura Walkoviak with any questions pertaining to SMLR's Convocation (outlined below) or University Commencement. *Don't forget that you must RSVP to attend Convocation, click on this link to complete your information. Click here for detailed information on Rutgers University's Commencement activities.

Before You Graduate


Advising & Participation in SMLR's Convocation:

Convocation will recognize and honor all SMLR undergraduates and graduates in the current academic year (includes degree completion in October 2013, January 2014, and May 2014). Students who are receiving a Bachelor of Arts in LSER, Bachelor of Science in LER, Bachelor of Arts in HRM, and graduate degrees in MHRM and MLER will be honored.

Undergraduate students who need 12 credits to graduate and are enrolled in the summer 2014 session to complete these credits may walk in the May ceremony. These students' names will be called on stage and included in the event's program, but these names will be marked with an * and footnote, indicating that they will be an October 2014 graduate. In addition, diplomas will reflect the same information. Participation in Convocation and Commencement should not be construed as verification of graduation.

You should also reference Rutgers University's graduation information for all students. 


Degree Forms (Required):

Master Degree Students

The online diploma deadline for May graduates is March 15, 2014.

Undergraduate Students

*Please use the online diploma application as soon as you know you are graduating.

Note: SMLR Graduates are encouraged to attend University Commencement, which will be held on May 18, 2014.

RSVP For Convocation (Required) To help us plan for seating and food, all graduates must complete the RSVP Response Form.

Graduates may pick up announcements for themselves and their guests beginning March 2014 at the department office of your degree program. You will receive an email. 



Convocation Date:  Saturday, May 17, 2014
 Graduate Check-in Time:  5:45 PM (The doors will open at 5:30 PM to the public)
Ceremony:  7:00 PM
Graduate Instructions:



 Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC), Livingston Campus

In the RAC, HRM students will be sitting on the south side, and LSER/LER students will be sitting on the north side. In other words, when facing the stage, HRM students will be seated on the right, and LSER/LER students will be seated on the left.

Reception: A light reception will be held after the ceremony for graduates and guests.
  • Parking is free and available in the lots surrounding the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC). Handicap parking is also available but limited.
Guests: Tickets for the ceremony are NOT required. There is no limit on guests. However, announcements are distributed by your department for you and your guests. The ceremony is approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Guests with
Special Needs:

Guests with special needs will be allowed to sit on the main level overlooking the gym and will be allowed to have just 1 person with them for assistance since space is limited. There will be an elevator for those who require assistance.

Guests will be allowed to drop-off those who require handicap assistance by using the bus loop in front of the RAC. Enter the road that comes after Hospital Road (it does not have a street name).


Please do not leave valuables in the marshaling area during the ceremony. Leave your valuables, coats, pocketbooks, backpacks, etc. with a trusted guest prior to entering the marshalling area. While we try to assist our graduates, we cannot be responsible for personal items.

Rutgers police and first aid will be present throughout the ceremony. Bag searches will be conducted upon entering the Gym.

Please note that the following will not be allowed into the RAC:

  •  Backpacks
  •  Large Tote Bags
  •  Duffle Bags
  •  String Bags
  •  Large Shopping bags

Women may of course bring a handbag which will be checked as well as any other smaller bags that are brought in by security at the front door. Clear plastic bags are okay. 

For detailed information, please refer to Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy

Graduation Tips: Flowers may be brought into the gym, but balloons are not allowed in the gym. (They end up on the ceiling.)


(Cap and Gown):

To participate in the ceremony, all graduates must wear regalia.

Graduates can purchase regalia from Rutgers University Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) - Date of purchase is to be determined.

Rutgers Bookstore (Barnes & Noble)
Ferren Mall
New Brunswick, NJ
Click here for additional details on bookstore locations and availability.

Undergraduate College Honors

Undergraduate students graduating with college honors will be provided a Gold Honors Cord prior to the start of the actual commencement program.

GPA requirements for distinctions:

  • 3.500 - 3.699 Cum Laude (Honors)
  • 3.700 - 3.849 Magna Cum Laude (High Honors)
  • 3.850 - 4.000 Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors)

Note: Distinction of Honors will be listed on your diploma as well as official University transcript once all grades have been calculated appropriately.

Hood Colors:
  • MHRM graduates - hood color is DUSK
  • MLER graduates - hood is PEACOCK (blue)
  • Bachelor of Arts/SAS graduates (sch. 01:578) - WHITE trim
  • Bachelor of Science/direct admit graduates (sch. 37:579) - GOLD trim
 Instructions [Download in PDF]
How to Wear
Your Hood:



Two photos will be taken:

  1. During Ceremony: Individual photo
  2. During Ceremony: Photo shaking hands with dean

*A traditional class photo will not be taken. However, the photographer will provide alternative class photos.

Order Photos:

You can order photos through Island Photography