Watch the 2018 Rutgers-Newark Commencement Replay

Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor's 2018 Commencement Remarks

Queen Latifah's 2018 Commencement Remarks

Queen Latifah Receives Honorary Doctorate at Commencement 2018

Queen Latifah Discusses Receiving an Honorary Doctorate on "The Tonight Show"

Watch how graduating seniors are inspired by Queen Latifah

Commencement 2018 Photo Album

Meet Rutgers–Newark's Class of 2018


Where to Eat

Hotel Commencement Discounts

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Rutgers University-Newark Commencement

Monday, May 14, 2018
9:00 AM 

Prudential Center 
25 Lafayette St. 
Newark, NJ 07102 

Graduate School Hooding Ceremony

Thursday, May 10, 2018
3:00 PM 

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room, 
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
Newark, NJ 07102 

School of Nursing Convocation

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
10:00 AM

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) 
1 Center St. 
Newark, NJ 07102 

Rutgers Business School, Graduate Programs 

Friday, May 18, 2018
2:00 PM

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) 
1 Center St. 
Newark, NJ 07102 

School of Law

Friday, May 25, 2018
10:00 AM

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) 
1 Center St. 
Newark, NJ 07102 




Cap and Gown Information

Link to purchase

Bachelor - $89.00

Masters - $105.00
(except business)

Masters Business $131.00
(includes stole of gratitude)

Doctoral Keepsake - $145.00

JD Keepsake - $145.00

Custom Sets - $1074.95
Please allow 6 weeks to create gown


School of Nursing

School of Law

Rutgers Business School



Parking and Shuttle Services

It is highly advised that guests use public transportation on commencement day. Visit for assistance on planning your visit. Paid parking is available at the Prudential Center. Visit for directions. Free commencement parking will be available in the following Rutgers-Newark parking decks:

  • University Deck I - 200 University Avenue
  • Washington Deck II - 166 Washington Street
  • Washington Deck III - 180 Washington Street (next to Deck II)

Free shuttles to and from the Prudential Center will run continuously from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Departure boarding to the arena will be located at Decks I and II. Guests traveling from the Prudential Center should board at the corner of Lafayette and Broad streets. The Rutgers parking garages and the shuttles are ADA accessible.



Where to Eat

Area Restaurants and Bars


Hotel Accomodation Discounts

SpringHill Suites Newark Liberty International Airport
Discounted rate of $119 plus tax (based upon availability)
Call: (973) 624-5300

Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison Riverwalk by Hilton
Call (973) 483-1900 to make reservations over the phone.
Please mention group name “Rutgers University ” and Group Code “560001966”

  • Free Shuttle Service to/from Rutgers University (just 5 minutes)
  • Free Breakfast Buffet
  • Free Parking

Please make reservations before April 16, 2018 in order to receive the $149 rate.


Commencement information for attendees with disabilities

The Prudential Center is an accessible facility that can accommodate guests with physical challenges. Please visit for details. Commencement staff will be available to provide assistance. For questions related to disability accessibility, please contact Allen Sheffield at or 973-353-5375. Every reasonable effort will be made to arrange accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

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