Information for the Class of 2020


Important Update on Commencement and Student Convocations

"All events scheduled at the University through the month of May are suspended. This will include some of our most wonderful celebrations, including Rutgers Day and commencements at all campuses. A final determination on whether or not commencements can be rescheduled to a later date will be made in the coming weeks. Canceling or postponing commencements will have no effect on our ability to confer degrees on our graduates."  President Robert Barchi, per March 17, 2020 update 

Keep informed of the status of commencements and school convocations.





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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. You will receive an email when the RSVP form is available (mid March). Click here for detailed information on Rutgers University's Commencement activities.

Information for Graduates


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 January 2020, May 2020, August 2020, and October 2020). 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 2020 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. 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. 

Follow the Steps to Commencement to help with any questions you may have.


Degree Forms (Required)


Graduate is April 1 and Undergraduate is May 15

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 17, 2020 in SHI Stadium. For more information on University Commencement, visit the website.

PARKING:  From March 23 to April 20, 2020 students must register online for their free 2 parking hangtags.

RSVP For Convocation (Required)

To help us plan for seating and food, all graduates must complete the Marching Order RSVP form. The deadline for submitting your RSVP is Wednesday May 6, 2020. You will receive an email when the RSVP form is open.

Help with Marching Order or Graduation Questions:

MHRM: Rebecca Tinkham,    

MLER: Naik Akhila,                                      

BALSER/BSLER: Amy Marchitto, (12–8pm) or Talia Shank,

BAHRM: Grace Tien, or Nayana Vaidya,


Graduates may pick up announcements for themselves and their guests beginning mid-March at the department office of your degree program. You will receive an email when they are ready. 


Senior Days:

Attend Senior Days (dates TBA): Join in the fun with your fellow graduating classmates and enjoy a variety of activities, such as decorating your graduation cap, the Old Queens senior reception, or Club Alex. Seniors will be able to reserve tickets for events through the Senior Days webpage. 


Record a Thank You Shout-Out: Here's your opportunity to thank the special people who have supported you throughout your academic journey—and it might appear on the stadium video board at Commencement on May 17. Filming dates are April 8th from 1-5 at RUAA 100 Days to Graduation, April 8 or 9 to Barnes & Noble Grad Fair, and on April 25 in Scott Hall at Voorhees Mall on Rutgers Day.

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Clear Any Financial Obligations:

To learn more about financial holds and loan exit counseling, visit the Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashier Services website.


Convocation Date:

 Saturday, May 16, 2020

 Graduate Check-in Time:

12:00 PM


1:30 PM

Graduate Instructions:


Report to the marshaling area when you arrive.  Find your degree of which you are graduating from and you will receive a name card.  You must bring this card with you when your degree is called and you cross the stage.

Cell phones should be turned off during the ceremony.

You will be led up to the stage by your marshal; a photo will be taken as you shake hands; you will receive a pin; have a photo taken; receive a gift and be led back to your chair.

Diplomas are not handed out at the convocation, they will be mailed  (MHRM graduates have the option of picking theirs up at the Janice Levin Bldg.).

If you require disability accommodations, please send an email to or

Note: There will NOT be a rehearsal for the graduates prior to the ceremony.


 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.


A light reception will be held after the ceremony for graduates and guests in a tent outside the RAC.


For this ceremony, parking is free and available in the lots surrounding the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC). Handicap parking is also available but limited.

Water and Gatorade will be available to purchase at the concession stand inside the RAC.


No tickets are required for this ceremony. Furthermore, announcements will be distributed by your department for you and your guests. The ceremony will run approximately 2 hours.

Guests with
Special Needs:

Guests with special needs will be allowed to sit in Section 105 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 with special needs will find parking in the Green lot handicapped spots more favorable and easier access into the RAC.


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
  •  Duffel Bags
  •  String Bags
  •  Large Shopping bags

Women may bring a handbag which will be checked by security at the front door, as will any other approved smaller bags that are brought into the RAC. 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 (which is cap, gown and hood).  

Purchase regalia online for in-store pickup or delivery to your home.

Order online February 4 through March 6 for pick up in-store beginning April 8. You can also purchase regalia in-store starting on April 8. For delivery directly to the student order by April 24.

The Barnes & Noble Grad Fair will be held April 8–9. Visit with representatives and see the selection of class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames, and much more! 

Rutgers Bookstore (Barnes & Noble)
100 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ

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 on your official university transcript once all grades have been calculated appropriately.

The baccalaureate degree is conferred summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude for students achieving honors in the overall program of study at Rutgers University. These students will have gold cords to adorn their regalia. Undergraduate students of the Labor Studies and Employment Relations program achieving highest honors, high honor and honors in the major have white cords to adorn their regalia. The master’s degree students achieving an overall GPA of 4.000 have gold cords to adorn their regalia.

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:



SMLR Convocation Photography Flyer

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

Island Photography Graduation Photos

Order Photos:


Lors Photography specializes in school photography and is being contracted by the Office of Student Engagement for seniors who wish to purchase formal senior portraits. Letters to seniors have already been sent. If you have not received or misplaced your letter from Lors Photography, you can click this link:

Click Forgot Login/Password. This will send the credentials that have been assigned to you.

If for some reason you are not listed, the link will direct you to Customer Service so you can be added.

T - Shirts

T - Shirts & Flowers:

Commencement t-shirts containing the names of each member of the Class of 2020 as well as Commencement Flowers and bears are available for purchase from Commencement Flowers, Inc. at any of the ceremonies.