Class of 2020
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING STUDENTS!
Please note as per President Barchi’s email dated March 17, all events scheduled at the University through the month of May are suspended. This includes the RBS Convocation and University Commencement. 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.
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We want to make the RBS convocation ceremony a meaningful and enjoyable one for degree candidates and guests. Please take a few minutes to review all the information below.
Graduation is made up of two great events to celebrate your achievement: a School of Business convocation (at the Louis Brown Athletic Center aka the RAC – Rutgers Athletic Center) where you’ll join your business graduating class, walk across the stage and receive individual recognition, followed by the university-wide celebration (at SHI stadium) where all Rutgers schools will celebrate together. We hope you will plan to participate in both ceremonies for the full experience.
The 2020 RBS Convocation ceremony is on May 14, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC).
The 2020 University Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at SHI Stadium.
During the school year, you will be receiving information about the RBS convocation. Communication will be via email (default Scarlet Mail account or the account linked to your Net ID), and this website. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you are not receiving emails from the business school regularly. It is your responsibility to read through all information and take action on the steps necessary to graduate.
Seniors who have completed their degree requirements in January 2020 or will be completing their degree requirements in May 2020 or August 2020 are permitted to walk in the RBS Convocation (Graduation) and University Commencement Ceremonies.
Registration for Convocation
Registration for convocation opened up February 26, 2020. Graduating seniors who plan on attending the RBS Convocation Ceremony on May 14, 2020, should have received an email from Marching Order to register with login information. If you have not received an email please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each graduate must register online via MarchingOrder.
Please note that there is no registration required for University Commencement.
RBS Convocation Ceremony Details
The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours, so please plan accordingly. Graduates will not be permitted to leave during the ceremony. Leaving before the end of the ceremony disrupts those families whose candidates have not yet been recognized. Please return to your seat after you have been acknowledged. Graduates are urged to use the restroom before the start of the ceremony.
Please make plans to meet your guests outside in the front of the RAC after the ceremony has concluded. Graduates will process in line out of the front and back of the RAC after the ceremony. They will all wind up in front of the RAC after the ceremony.
Doors to the RAC will open at approximately 1:30 p.m. When graduates arrive, they are to make their way to the back of the RAC via the North and South Marshaling hallways. Graduates must check-in with their corresponding major to receive their personalized graduation card before being seated by a ceremony marshal.
Guests are encouraged to attend the convocation pre-show that will consist of student images, event photos, shout-outs, videos, fun facts, and more! The pre-show begins promptly at 1:45 p.m.
After the speeches are concluded, graduates will approach the platform by major. As each graduate’s name is called, they will walk across the stage to receive their RBS gonfalon pin.
Diplomas are NOT given out at the RBS Convocation Ceremony. Please click here to access the Online Diploma Application. You will have until May 15, 2020, to apply. Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your diploma application approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation.
New Brunswick Convocation Speaker
The speaker for New Brunswick 2020 Convocation Ceremony is
Amy L. Towers, philanthropist, former COO Glenview Capital Management.
For details regarding University Commencement, please visit here.
Graduating with Honors
College Honors cords will be available to students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or above as of the fall 2019 semester. No exceptions will be made. Gold honors cords will be available for pickup at 100 ROCK in the front lobby near the concierge desk on April 21st, 22nd and 23rd between the hours of 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on each day. Gold cords will be provided by the Special Programs Office without charge, to honor your outstanding academic performance. Beta Gamma Sigma honor cords will be provided to seniors who are members as well on the dates above.
Beta Alpha Psi members: You may pick up your cords from Dornell Haurey in the Accounting Department in 100 Rock, South Tower, Room 4141 starting April 22, 2020.
Study Abroad Grads– If you’ve studied abroad, don’t forget to order your global stole from the Study Abroad office. Please contact Christina Miles at email@example.com.
Cap and Gowns
Graduation cap, gowns and gold hoods for Rutgers Business School students can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore, which is located at 100 Somerset Street in New Brunswick. The RBS gowns are black with a red panel down the front middle. The Bachelor of Science degree is represented by the gold hood. The red and black tassel for the cap should start on the student’s right and be moved during the ceremony to the left.
Student regalia will be available for purchase at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore located at 100 Somerset Street in New Brunswick beginning on April 8 & 9 during the Grad Fair. Each year, the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore holds a Grad Fair where students can purchase his/her cap and gown, learn about and see the selection of class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames, and much more during this exciting time.
Regalia will be sold during regular business hours through the morning of commencement in the bookstore. This year the bachelor sets will run about $89 for the cap, black gown with the red panel, red and black tassel and gold hood. Make sure you indicate you are an RBS student, so you are given the correct regalia! We also highly suggest that you pick up your cap and gown sooner than later to avoid long lines at the bookstore.
Students also have the option to order online February 1– March 6 for pick up in-store beginning April 8. For delivery directly to the student, students must order by April 24th. Contact the B & N bookstore for inquiries.
If you are a graduating senior in need of financial assistance with obtaining graduation regalia, RBS has several regalia sets on hand. Please contact Fallon Secaur at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the Cap and Gown Request form. Requests will be honored on a first-come-first-serve basis, and student’s eligibility will be verified by the Financial Aid Office before a Cap and Gown are provided.
Cap and Gown Recycle Program
Over 800 RBS graduates wear graduation gowns each year. What happens to those gowns after the ceremony? Usually, they go into the trash or remain in closets for years to come before they are finally discarded. This year RBS would like to help graduating seniors save money by implementing The RBS Cap and Gown Recycling Program which will enable RBS to offer graduating seniors a free cap and gown. The savings is around $89 per senior, but we need your help.
All graduating seniors that donate their gently worn RBS cap, gown and hood will be entered into a lottery to win a prize!
Cap and gowns can be donated right after the conclusion of the RBS Graduation Ceremony on May 14th. There will be a large clothing rack with a sign outside of the front of the RAC so that you can conveniently donate your cap and gown after the ceremony. If you choose to decorate and keep your cap, you may only donate the gown and hood. Please note that if you plan on attending University Commencement on Sunday, May 17, 2020, you will not donate your cap and gown until after University Commencement is over.
You may drop off your cap and gown at the Special Programs Office from May 18, 2020-May 28, 2020 (weekdays only) between the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. The Special Program Office is located on the fifth floor of the Rutgers Business School Building, North Tower – Room 5026. Make sure your name is added to the Gown Recycling Drop Off-List to receive credit. APPLE AIR PODS WILL BE RAFFLED OFF TO THE WINNER.
Invitations to the RBS Convocation and University Commencement will be available for pickup at Rutgers Business School in the front lobby near the concierge desk on April 21, 22 and 23 from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. A maximum packet of six graduation invitations will be available to you; however, you may invite as many guests as you wish to either ceremony. Please note that you MUST complete the RBS Undergraduate Survey before you pick up your invitations. Details on the survey are below.
Mandatory Student Surveys
Before you pick up your graduation invitations, you are required to fill out one online survey – the RBS Undergraduate survey.
The NB Undergraduate survey will be emailed to your Rutgers email account (@scarletmail.rutgers.edu or @rutgers.edu) around the end of March. You must complete the Undergraduate survey before you come to RBS to pick up the Graduation invitations.
RBS Convocation Parking:
Parking is available on Livingston Campus and is free.
RBS Convocation Handicap drop off/parking:
Please use the Green Lot which can be accessed via Hospital Road off of Avenue E for handicap drop-off area and handicap parking spaces. Handicap spaces will be first come, first served. For directions to the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC), please click here.
University Commencement Parking - Online Parking Hangtag Registration
With more than 50,000 people expected on our campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 17, 2020, parking on campus will be limited. Therefore, graduating students must register to receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their families or guests. Registration for parking opens on Monday, March 23rd. Please visit the Parking Guidelines Page for more information.
Parking and traveling to and from and within the stadium may be as much as 1½ miles. As traffic volume will be heavy, please allow additional travel time. We recommend that you carpool or consider taking public transportation to campus. Detailed information will be available on the Parking Guidelines Page soon. Keep checking back.
Special Needs Parking and Seating
If you or your guests require accommodations due to a disability, health issues, or mobility challenges, and find it difficult to walk long distances, please see our Accessibility Information page. If you require assistance for mobility, you must bring your own. For questions related to special needs, contact 848-932-2469.
There will be handicapped seating available in the RAC during the RBS Convocation. No reservations are necessary. Please look for the signage for handicapped seating on the first level.
There will be limited handicapped seating available at the Stadium for University Commencement. Please check the University Commencement website for more details by clicking here.
Professional photographers from Island Photography will take pictures of each student on stage during the RBS Convocation ceremony. There will be a photo taken once they exit the stage area. RBS is not affiliated with any other outside photography vendors. If you intend to take photos through a different photography vendor, make sure you are wearing the Rutgers Business School cap and gown (black with a red panel down the front center, black cap, red & black tassel). Senior pictures are not mandatory.