NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Members of Rutgers’ Class of 2017 are eligible to receive up to two free commencement parking passes for themselves and guests, but only if they register online at commencement.rutgers.edu between March 20 at 10 a.m. and April 17 at 9 a.m.
Registrants will be mailed maps, driving instructions and special vehicle hangtags color-coded to specific parking zones in late April. Registrants can opt to choose an alternate parking area, if available.
Parking permits issued by the Rutgers Department of Transportation for use during the year will not be valid at commencement, Sunday, May 14. Commencement hangtags are not needed for collegiate convocations and receptions held on other days.
Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s 251st anniversary commencement will be held at High Point Solutions Stadium on the Busch Campus in Piscataway, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Free, ADA-compliant shuttle bus service between the College Avenue and Livingston campuses, and the stadium, will begin at 7 a.m. and run every three to five minutes until 5 p.m. to assist with traffic flow.
Participants and visitors are urged to arrive early to allow ample time to park and walk to the stadium, or to take one of the complimentary buses from passenger pick-up points on the campuses. Shuttle bus service will be available from the New Brunswick train station to High Point Solutions Stadium beginning at 7 a.m.
For those taking a taxi or car service (including Uber service), the College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Ave., is the designated drop-off location where shuttles can be boarded. More than 30,000 are expected to attend the ceremony and maximizing the number of attendees per car will be key to minimizing the amount of traffic for the day.
There will be a security check when entering the stadium. Bags or purses larger than 4½ inches by 6½ inches will not be permitted. Items can be brought inside in clear bags, up to one gallon in size. (Refer to the Rutgers Athletics Bag Policy for details.) Cameras and binoculars (without their cases) and seat cushions may be carried in on their own. Wheelchairs, walkers and strollers are permitted. Umbrellas, signs and balloons are not.
Once the student registration period has ended, any remaining parking hangtags will be offered for purchase at $5 each on the website on a first-come, first-served basis from April 17 at 10 a.m., through May 1 at 10 a.m. Afterward, visitors may pay $5 at cash lots on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway. Alternately, free on-street parking and paid lots are available on the College Avenue Campus.
For information on special needs parking, for which a dedicated Rutgers commencement hangtag is required, visit http://commencement.rutgers.edu/specialneeds or call 848-932-2469. For information on commencement, visit commencement.rutgers.edu.