Graduation Information

Our School of Health Professions Convocation Ceremony is Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) at 1 Center Street in Newark. We are looking forward to celebrating your academic achievements on this day. To take part in the ceremony, faculty and students will need to RSVP by April 27. When you RSVP, you will be able to request guest tickets.

All graduates who walk across the stage must have a cap and gown. The deadline to order student regalia is April 27. Faculty must also wear regalia. The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is April 5.

2019 SHP graduates are also encouraged to attend the 2019 Grad Fair on Tuesday, May 7 in Blackwood from 10 – 12 noon, and in Piscataway from 3 – 7 p.m. Please RSVP.

March 7 is the deadline to apply to be the student Convocation speaker or singer.

All 2019 graduates are eligible to walk in the ceremony if they have:

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

August 2018 PhD and DCN graduates are also invited to participate at the 2019 Convocation ceremony.

Bergen Building Rear Parking Lot
Graduates and their guests may park at the Stanley S. Bergen Building (SSB) on 65 Bergen Street, free of charge, in the rear parking lot if their car is registered at the school. The shuttle service will start transporting attendees in front of the SSB building starting at 11:00AM up to the start of the ceremony at 5:00PM. Click here for the 2019 Convocation Shuttle Flyer.

Norfolk Parking Deck
We also have authorization for graduates and their guests to park at the Rutgers’ Norfolk parking deck at 255 Norfolk Street, free of charge. Shuttle service will also be provided at this location to and from NJPAC starting at 12:00pm. All cards must be registered at the following link in order to park at the Norfolk deck: 2019 SHP Convocation Parking Registration – Norfolk Deck

The shuttle service will start service back to the Health Sciences-Newark campus starting at 6:00pm until the end of the ceremony. If you are parking on campus please allow yourself extra time to park and ride the shuttle on the day of Convocation.

NJPAC Parking
Attendees have the option to park closer to NJPAC (at a fee) and can find more information on the following link: NJPAC Parking Information

The ceremony recognizes the academic achievements of graduates for the 2019 year. Speakers will be followed by the presentation of awards. Graduates will walk across the stage as their name is announced.

Graduates and faculty attending 2019 SHP Convocation on Wednesday, May 22nd at NJPAC are required to RSVP for the ceremony.

  • When you RSVP you can request how many guest tickets you will need. Every single guest will require a ticket to enter the NJPAC Prudential Hall.
  •  Any extra tickets available after initial distribution will be announced closer to the ceremony.
  •  All January, May, and August 2019 graduates are invited to attend. PhD and DCN August 2019 graduates cannot walk until May 2020.
  •  Deadline to RSVP is April 27, 2019.

Click here to order: Student Regalia Order Form.   The deadline to submit complete cap and gown orders is on Monday, April 27. Extra regalia will not be available on the day of Convocation.

Click here to order: Faculty Regalia Order Form

The deadline to submit complete orders for faculty gowns is Friday, April 5. Faculty have the option to have their regalia shipped to them (shipping charges will apply) or have it ready for pick up from the Somerset Street RU Bookstore. Please email to ask for direct home delivery.

Faculty regalia pickup will start on May 1. Those that will be paying for their own rental gown will be called by the RU Bookstore to remit payment. Department purchase orders are being accepted.

 Faculty Regalia Returns

All faculty regalia rental orders are due back to the RU Bookstore no later than June 3. Faculty regalia can be returned directly to the main bookstore (Somerset Street) to aid in tracking returns. You can also return your regalia to the Office of Enrollment Management and we will forward back to the RU bookstore. We will not be accepting faculty returns after the Convocation ceremony.

Custom Regalia

Any faculty wishing to order custom regalia can email for information and pricing. Custom regalia is produced year-round and takes 4-6 weeks from order placement to delivery.

2019 SHP graduates are encouraged to attend the 2019 SHP Graduation Fair on Tuesday, May 7. Please RSVP for the event.

  • We will be at Blackwood from 10am – 12pm, and Piscataway at 3pm – 7pm.
  •   Pick up your SHP Convocation guest tickets, and honors (if eligible) at the fair.
  •   Any extra tickets available after initial distribution will be announced closer to the ceremony.
  •   All January, May, and August 2019 graduates are invited to attend.

Tickets and Name Reader Cards for SHP Convocation will be distributed to graduates’ at the SHP Graduation Fair. The events will be hosted on the Blackwood and Newark campuses. More information regarding the Graduation Fairs will be forthcoming.

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 go to the following link to see the awards to be presented: 2019 SHP Awards of Excellence.

Please note that guest seating will begin at 4 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Doors will not open until 4 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.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Calling all graduating students who have strong public speaking skills or can belt out our National Anthem like a pro: We are looking for a graduating student to give a Convocation 2019 address, and a singer to perform the Star-Spangled Banner. If interested, please apply by March 7. Convocation is on May 22 at NJPAC in Newark.

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)

To recognize your academic achievements, SHP graduates will be invited to two graduation events held only once a year in May – Rutgers University Commencement at Stadium in Piscataway, and the School of Health Professions Convocation at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. For more information regarding University Commencement, please go to To get the latest information regarding SHP Convocation, please click on the SHP Convocation tab.

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.

Click Here to Apply

  • 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.