Graduation Information2018-10-08T13:07:28+00:00

Graduation Information

In order to be considered for a degree, an application for graduation is required.  As students approach their final semester, they must submit the Application for Graduation by the deadlines to the Registrar’s Office. Once the degree audit has been conducted, students will be notified via their Rutgers email of their graduation status. If the student has been denied for the requested graduation, he/she must file a new graduation application for the next expected graduation date.

Degrees are conferred three times a year:

  • January (Finishing requirements in Fall semester of the prior year)
  • May (Finishing requirements in Spring semester of the same year)
  • August (Finishing requirements in Summer semester of the same year)

(Some joint students may follow their affiliates graduation dates)

University Commencement and the School of Health Professions Convocation are the graduation ceremonies all SHP students are invited to, held once a year in May. Attendance at either ceremony is not a guarantee of degree conferral.

All degree requirements must be met before the date the degree is conferred. This includes:

  • Resolution of incomplete/in progress grades (I, IP)
  • Grade change (Grades will not be changed after the degree is conferred)
  • Submission of major projects, thesis or comprehensive exams.

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  • DO NOT submit payment with your application. A graduation fee will be assessed upon completion of program requirements at the end of the intended graduation term.

January Graduation

November 1

May Graduation

February 1

August Graduation

Early Application March 1

Regular Application July 1

*August graduates who wish to participate in Commencement and/or Convocation MUST apply early.

Certificates and Diplomas will only be released to graduates after confirming that all degree requirements have been met and any encumbrances have been cleared. Examples of these holds include: account balance, financial aid, library or student loans.

  • Diplomas may be picked-up at our Enrollment Management Welcome Center, located at the Health Sciences-Newark campus.

Certificates and diplomas can be mailed (free of charge) by submitting a Certificate/Diploma Release Form.

School of Health Professions

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 4:00pm

1 Center Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Click here to RSVP

Deadline to RSVP is April 23rd!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Click here to see message from Assistant Dean Thompson-Owen on 2018 SHP Convocation



All 2018 graduates are eligible to walk in the ceremony if they have:

1) Applied for graduation with the Office of Enrollment Management
2) Have or are currently in the process of completing their program requirements by their intended graduation date.

October 2017 PhD and DCN graduates are also invited to participate at the 2018 Convocation ceremony.


The Rutgers School of Health Professions has provided the following electronic commemorative announcement for download:

252nd Anniversary RU Commencement & 2018 SHP Convocation Announcement


The ceremony recognizes the academic achievements of graduates for the 2018 year. Speakers will be followed by the presentation of awards. Graduates will walk across the stage as their name is announced.


Guest tickets and Name Reader Cards for SHP Convocation will be distributed to graduates’ at the SHP Graduation Fair on Wednesday, May 9th. The event will be hosted on the Blackwood and Scotch Plains campuses. Please click here to RSVP for the fair: 2018 SHP Graduation Fair RSVP

Graduates are advised to NOT misplace their name reader card. If graduates lose their name reader card, they will not be guaranteed to have their name read or have any award distinctions announced when walking across stage. Distance graduates or those who will not be able to pick up tickets & name reader card will be able to pick up their tickets on the day of ceremony at NJPAC by the registration area.

A roll call will be done closer to the day of the ceremony if any extra tickets are available. Please check your email for further announcements.



Annual awards will be presented to students, faculty, staff and colleagues for outstanding accomplishments or service to the school and community.


Please note that guest seating will begin at 3 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Doors will not open until 3 p.m.


Family and friends can have professional photos taken at NJPAC before and after the ceremony. You will be able to view the photos online and purchase them from the vendor. More details will be forthcoming.


Diplomas will not be distributed during the ceremony for graduates. Graduates must submit a diploma release form found at the following link to receive their diploma by mail: SHP Diploma Release Form . Graduates also have the option of coming to the Office of Enrollment Management at 65 Bergen Street, SSB 147, Newark NJ, with government-issued or school ID to retrieve their diploma.