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Virtual Graduation Convocation

2021: A Virtual Celebration.
Join us right here on Saturday, May 14 for a live remote ceremony celebrating our Class of 2021 graduates!
2021: A Virtual Celebration.
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Friday, May 14 | 10 a.m. EDT









Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

  1. Order Regalia
  2. Steps to Commencement
  3. Rutgers University Commencement
A student in graduation regalia standing in front of Passion Puddle.

Senior Portrait Day at Passion Puddle

Monday, May 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

At G. H. Cook Campus, Martin Hall, 88 Lipman Dr., New Brunswick, NJ

You must register here to participate.

SEBS deans will be distributing gifts to seniors at the event.

Social distancing guidelines will be in place. You are to remove your mask only during photos.

Parking provided in Lot 98A

If it is raining that day, we will take the photos inside of Martin Hall. Everyone will enter, socially distanced, through the back entrance on the Bartlett Hall side and exit through the back on the Thompson Hall side. You will need to show a screenshot that a Campus Pass has been completed and entry is approved. Please stay in your car until 15 minutes before your slot.

Virtual Photo Booth

Grab a photo, place it on a campus background, download and share! Access the photo booth! This is a fun way to place yourself back on campus while also celebrating the Class of 2021. Make sure to share with your family and friends. They can take part in the fun, too.

A student wearing a graduation cap standing in front of Passiopn Puddle.
A lawn sign that says, 'Rutgers Class of 2021 Contratulations'.

Show Your Scarlet Pride

Your graduation will be remembered as a significant and memorable point in your lives and we are so excited to celebrate your accomplishments! Show your scarlet pride and invite your family and friends to support one of your greatest achievements! Make sure to use our official hashtag #RU2021.

SEBS-Specific Photo Filters

Post-Graduation Survey

Complete the Rutgers Post-Grad Survey for a chance to win your choice of Apple Air Pods or a $100 Amazon gift card!

Contact with questions.

We want to hear from you!
A student in graduation regalia wearing a face mask.

Senior Portraits

Lors Photography is offering Senior Portrait Sessions at three remote off-campus locations in New Jersey (New Brunswick, Mount Laurel, and Toms River). Seniors have been sent an email from Lors on Monday, January 18 with details and links to book your portrait session.

This email was sent by Lors to the email address on file with the registrar's office. If you did not receive an email, please email or call 908-964-3040.

Message from President Holloway

Members of the Rutgers Community:

After careful discussion with the chancellors over the past several weeks, I am writing to inform you that we have decided to hold all commencement events across Rutgers by virtual means rather than hold in-person ceremonies. This decision was a disappointing one to make in light of the difficulties our graduating students have already endured, but public health concerns related to the ongoing pandemic continue to make it unwise for us to plan for large in-person gatherings this spring. And unfortunately, it is not feasible to create appropriate, smaller ceremonies in a safe and equitable way.

Each campus is exploring the most effective ways to honor their graduates by remote means this spring, and we are earnestly hoping to host in-person celebrations later in the year to further salute our graduates from both 2020 and 2021.

Why are we making this decision now? Because, despite the optimism that the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines has brought us, our health experts have advised that even if the pace of the vaccination rollout increases, our state will not be at a point where it will be safe to gather in large crowds, even outdoors, until mid- to late summer at the earliest. With more than 18,000 graduating students across our campuses, we don't have the capacity to ensure the health and safety of graduates and guests. Rather than book and plan for outdoor venues, only to cancel them as May draws near, we have determined that it is better to put our energies into making commencement season as well-designed, creative, and meaningful as possible in a virtual setting.

Follow-up messages regarding commencement events will come from the chancellors and/or deans later this month. I support their efforts to find ways to celebrate safely and know that they are eager to engage their communities as they consider how best to do so.

I recognize that this decision will be deeply disappointing to our graduating students and their families and friends, and I am very sorry. I know you deserve better and wish that we could make it happen in a safe and responsible way this spring. At the point where we can resume holding large in-person gatherings, we will gladly plan for events that celebrate your accomplishments at Rutgers.


Jonathan Holloway
President and University Professor

President Holloway standing in an office.