NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Football heroes Devin and Jason McCourty will receive honorary doctorate degrees and Governor Phil Murphy will be given an honorary doctor of laws degree when Rutgers holds its 253rd Anniversary Commencement on Sunday, May 19.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

Graduation is made up of two events: a school convocation where students will receive individual recognition and the big celebration at Stadium where students will see their names scroll across the stadium ribbon board and enjoy special videos such as graduate shout-outs to family and friends, photo montages and more.

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Graduates may invite as many guests as they like and tickets are not required for University Commencement in Stadium.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Rutgers will welcome 253rd Anniversary Commencement speakers Devin and Jason McCourty. The Super Bowl champions, philanthropists and Rutgers alumni will receive honorary doctorates of humane letters degrees.

The university is also honored to bestow an honorary doctor of laws degree upon New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy.

Commencement Parking Hangtag Registration

To park on campus on May 19, Commencement Parking Hangtags are required. If you have not registered for a parking hangtag, please visit our Parking Guidelines page for options. Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 19.

Stadium Security and Restricted Bag Policy

All Commencement attendees should bring directions and parking hangtags, wear comfortable walking shoes, and be dressed for the weather. The event is held in an outdoor stadium, rain or shine.

Stadium Bag Policy Strictly Enforced

Permitted items include:

Only clutches and wallets no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches

Clear plastic bags no larger than one gallon or 12x12x6 inches

Cameras and binoculars (without accompanying bag), seat cushions, hats, sunscreen, ponchos

Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters

Prohibited items include:

Strollers, umbrellas, balloons, noisemakers, outside food, bottles and beverages, backpacks, camera bags, or any bag larger than the permissible size

Guests must pass through security before entering the stadium. Those with oversized or prohibited items will be directed to return those items to their vehicle. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. Learn more about the Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy.

School Convocations

Your other must-attend ceremony is a smaller convocation where you’ll join with your graduating class and receive individual recognition. Convocations are hosted by each school and offer their own distinctive traditions including special speakers, ceremonies, and student citations. Convocations will be held in the days surrounding Rutgers University Commencement. Some convocations require tickets. Check Rutger's School Convocations page for details.