NEW BRUNSWICK - Enjoy these seven fun facts about Rutgers' graduation this weekend, courtesy of the university's PR department.
1. Rutgers’ commencement will take place for the eighth time in High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway. From 2004 through 2010, commencement was held on Voorhees Mall on Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s College Avenue Campus. Prior to its return to Voorhees Mall, which dates from the earliest days of the institution, graduation for many years was held in the Louis Brown Athletic Center on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway.
2. This year’s estimated total of 18,132 graduates is up from last year’s total of 17,729.
3. Since its founding in 1766 and through the 2016-17 academic year, Rutgers has awarded 580,862 academic degrees. Matthew Leydt received the first degree, a Bachelor of Arts, from Queen’s College in 1774. He was the sole graduate. Following graduation, Leydt was licensed to enter the ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church.
4. University President Robert Barchi will preside over his sixth commencement and confer all undergraduate and graduate degrees at ceremonies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-Camden.
5. 7,040 chairs for graduates and faculty will be placed on the football field. The platform is erected at the stadium’s south end. Commencement seating capacity (excluding field seating) is approximately 41,000.
6. Individual graduates will be recognized at their respective collegiate convocations and receptions.
7. Evan Covello, president of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, will represent the Class of 2018. The Wayne, N.J. resident, who previously served as vice president of Rutgers University Student Assembly, is graduating cum laude with a double major in planning and public policy and human resource management.