Limited Free Commencement Parking Available On First-Come, First-Served Basis For Rutgers Graduates at May 13 Ceremony in Stadium

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Online registration is required; officials urge early arrival and mass travel options for travel among campuses.

Members of Rutgers’ Class of 2012 are eligible to receive up to two free Commencement parking passes for themselves and guests, but only if they register online at from March 19 to April 8.

            Registrants will be mailed maps, driving instructions and special vehicle hangtags color-coded to specific parking zones. Preferences will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until each parking lot is filled to capacity.

            Rutgers’ 246th anniversary Commencement will be held Sunday, May 13, at High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus starting at 12:30 p.m. Gates at the 50,000-seat stadium will open at 10:30 a.m. Bus service from downtown New Brunswick at the train station and from the Cook/Douglass, College Avenue and Livingston campuses will begin at 8 a.m. and run into the evening to assist with traffic flow.

            Visitors are urged to arrive early to allow ample time to park and walk to the stadium, or to take one of the complimentary buses to the stadium from one of the other campuses. More than 35,000 are expected to attend, and maximizing the number of attendees per car will be key to minimizing the amount of traffic for the day.

            Once the student registration period has ended any remaining parking hangtags will be offered for purchase on the website on a first-come, first-served basis. All hangtags will be mailed beginning in mid-April.

            For information on special needs parking, call 848-932-2469.  For information on Commencement, visit


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732-932-7084, Ext.612; Cell: 732-991-7397; Fax: 732-932-8412

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