School of Graduate Studies Convocation

A Celebration of our 2024 Graduates

Important Points

  • Please check back soon for information about the May 2025 SGS Convocation. 
  • Please expect ticketing to be required with the anticipated guest limit of 4 per student.
  • Graduates who earned their degrees in either October 2024, January 2025, or May 2025 are eligible to attend.
  • For May 2025 candidates, inclusion in the Convocation ceremony/Convocation Program Booklet should not be construed as verification of graduation.


Digital Program

2024 Digital Program Link.


2024 Convocation video.

Guest Visas

For graduates who have guests coming from abroad and need a letter to accompany their visa application, visit the Rutgers Global guide here. Instructions on obtaining a graduation invitation letter are part of the guide.

Souvenir Invitation 

Please view our souvenir invitation to the 2024 SGS Convocation

Professional Photography

The School of Graduate Studies has partnered with Pro Pics to take professional portraits of all graduates during the ceremony. Photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony. There is no cost to have your photo taken and no obligation to purchase. If you would like to receive your photo proofs, please go to to submit your information. If you have any questions please contact Pro Pics at



Is Convocation the same as the 258th Anniversary Commencement?

SGS Convocation is Friday May 10th at 3:30pm. The 258th University Commencement is Sunday, May 12th at 10:00am and does not include individual student recognition. Convocation events are school-specific and will recognize graduates individually.


Is Convocation & Commencement mandatory?

These are not mandatory to attend. It is up to you if you wish to attend! You can attend both, one, or neither.


What do I need to do to ensure I am eligible to graduate?

Please refer to the appropriate checklist located here: Please submit all documents to Graduates from October 2023, January 2024, and May 2024 are eligible to attend Convocation.


What time should I arrive to the JMA for Convocation?

Please arrive at 2:45 p.m. for a prompt 3:30 p.m. start time.


Will I get my diploma at Convocation?

Diplomas will not be distributed at Convocation. They are mailed out by the Registrar about 6 weeks after graduating.


I am a Ph.D. student, and my advisor can’t make it to Convocation, what do I do?

Dean Mark Robson is the designated hooder for students who do not have their advisor at Convocation.


Once I get to the JMA where do I go?

Ph.D. students will go to the left, down the hallway to check in, and then head downstairs to the marshalling area.

Master’s students will go to the right, down the hallway to check in and then to the JMA seating area to sit for the ceremony.


Will there be Wi-Fi?

Yes, #ScarletWifi is available to guests.


What do I wear?

Academic regalia is required to participate in Convocation.


Where do I order regalia?

Please order regalia online through Barnes & Noble.


My family/friends are not able to attend in person, is there any way they can watch the ceremony?

Convocation will be livestreamed and videotaped.  Here is the link to the 2024 Convocation livestream.


Will I receive a program booklet?

Please use this link to access our digital program.


Do I need to have a ticket or to RSVP to attend?

You do not need a ticket or to RSVP to attend Convocation.


How many guests can I bring to Convocation?

To ensure there will be enough seating for all students & guests, please limit your guests to 4 per student.


Where do I park for the SGS convocation?

Parking is free and available in the Yellow lot & Green lot near the Jersey Mikes Arena on Livingston Campus.

Green & Yellow lot parking picture
Picture of Green & Yellow parking lot in reference to the JMA.
Green & Yellow ADA lot parking picture
Picture of ADA parking in reference to the JMA.