Don't Wait: RU to Offer Parking Passes for Commencement

Credits: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers University seniors who want parking passes for the commencement ceremony should act soon, according to an announcement from the school.

Members of the Class of 2017 may receive two parking passes for the celebration at no cost. To do that, they must register online between 10 a.m. March 20 and 9 a.m. April 17, according to Rutgers.

Earlier this year, Rutgers tapped the legendary Jersey rocker Steven Van Zandt to deliver the ceremony’s keynote speech. He rose to fame jamming in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and then pivoted to acting by playing a mobster in the HBO show “The Sopranos.”

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Rutgers officials expect more than 30,000 people to attend the 10 a.m. May 14 graduation at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. It will be the New Brunswick campus’s 251st commencement ceremony.

While parking will be available, the university urges attendees to arrive early—gates open at 8 a.m.—and, if possible, take mass transit to the event.

Free shuttle buses will run every three to five minutes between the stadium and the College Avenue and Livingston campuses from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Rutgers. For those looking to leave from New Brunswick, buses will leave from both the train station and the College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Ave.

Graduating students who register for free parking passes will receive maps, driving instructions and commencement hangtags that are color-coded to match specific parking areas. Registrants may attempt to choose the parking zone for which their hangtags apply.

After student registration ends, Rutgers intends to sell remaining parking passes for $5 a pop online. From 10 a.m. April 17 to 10 a.m. May 1, they’ll be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

What’s more, cash-only lots on Livingston Campus will provide parking for $5 per car. The College Avenue Campus will also offer free on-street parking and paid lots, according to Rutgers.

Security officers will man the gates. Rutgers won’t permit umbrellas, signs, balloons and bags larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Regular university parking passes won’t be valid at commencement.

For information on special-needs parking, click here or call 848-932-2469.

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