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Commencement 2014 Information and FAQs

Congratulations to all students who are graduating on May 21st!

The Law School Graduate Recognition Ceremony will start at 2 pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). Students will be recognized individually on stage and receive their diplomas at the afternoon exercise. Please note: the Law School is no longer participating in the campus-wide Commencement on the morning of May 21st. 

What is the timeline of the day for graduates?

1:00 pmGraduates check-in at the Law School (lower level atrium)
1:30 pmGraduates line-up along the stairwell at the Law School
1:45 pmGraduates parade to NJPAC
2:00 pmThe Law School Graduate Recognition ceremony begins
4:00 pmConclusion of the ceremony. At this time you will have an opportunity to meet up with family, friends, and fellow graduates.
4:15-5:00 pmReception at the Law School - graduates and guests are invited back to the Law School for light refreshments to toast your new status as alumni(ae). 

Do I have to attend a graduation rehearsal?
No. There is no graduation rehearsal.

How many guest tickets can I have?
Each student is allotted 5 guest tickets. More may be made available upon request to Dean Rothman. You will be notified via email when tickets are available.

Do children need a ticket to attend the ceremonies at Prudential Center and NJPAC?
Yes, EVERYONE needs a ticket to enter, even an infant.

Do graduates need a ticket for NJPAC?
Yes. Graduates will receive their ticket when they pick up guest tickets.

What parking options will be available?
NJPAC lots A and C will be available at a special event rate of $10 per car. Parking in the Military Park Garage is $12 per car. Please refer to the NJPAC parking map

What happens if it rains?
Rain or shine, all graduates, faculty, etc., will parade from the Law School to NJPAC as planned. If it’s raining the morning of graduation, we suggest you bring a small folding umbrella. In the event of severe inclement weather, check the campus operating status at the bottom of the Rutgers–Newark homepage or call 973-353-1766 for further instructions.

Where do I return my locker key?
To Rebecca Enright Siroky in Room 170.

If I lost my locker key, what should I do?
You will need to pay $25.00 (cash or check).

Where do I pick-up my cap and gown?
Cap and gowns will be available for pick-up at the campus bookstore. Please check your email for updates on availability.

When is the last day to pick up my cap and gown?
TBD. No one will be available the morning of graduation to give you your gown.

Do I get to keep my cap and gown?

How can I order a large diploma?
Each student will receive two diplomas (one large, one small) on stage, unless there are outstanding financial (or other) obligations to the University.

When do I find out if I am receiving an honor or prize?
Information about who will be receiving the various prizes, honors, and awards is not announced until the ceremony at NJPAC.

Will there be a professional photographer at the Law School graduation?
Yes. Island Photography will take a photo of each graduate receiving his/her diploma and will contact you directly several weeks after the ceremony about your purchase options.

When will I receive my yearbook?
Yearbooks will be mailed to your home address after graduation. They are usually mailed in January. Please make sure that Dean Rothman’s office has an up-to-date address as we will not mail to the Talbott Apartments or University Square housing. If you are not sure where you will be living, it is a good idea to use an address you can be certain of, such as a parent’s.

Whom should I contact with additional questions or concerns?
Rebecca Enright Siroky: rsiroky@kinoy.rutgers.edu or Sasha Rashid: sasha.rashid@rutgers.edu