Graduate Student Convocation 2014


The Bloustein School will hold its graduate student convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus. During the ceremony, public policy and urban planning master's degree recipients will receive their diplomas. A keynote address will be delivered by Richard Florida.

Doctoral degree candidates will be recognized at the Bloustein Convocation, but will be hooded at the Graduate School-New Brunswick Convocation on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 planned

for 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rutgers Football Stadium Fields (53A lot tent outside).

University Commencement will be held the same day, Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

in Rutgers Football Stadium. Following University Commencement, the Bloustein School will hold a light reception at the Rutgers Visitors Center for all students, faculty and staff attending the event.

We anticipate the Bloustein School ceremony on Saturday, May 17th to last approximately one hour, with a reception immediately following at Bettenbender Plaza located outside the Nicholas Music Center. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be held in Rehearsal Hall 104 inside the Nicholas Music Center.

Please note guest availability below under "Invitations and RSVPs."

If you have any questions about the graduation activities or process, please contact
Lynn Astorga (; (848-932-2727) or
Steve Weston (; (848-932-2728).

1. Regalia
Graduates are required to wear academic regalia (i.e. gown, hood, and cap) specific to their degree. MPP and MPAP candidates wear peacock blue hoods; MCRP and MCRS candidates wear brown hoods. Contact the Barnes and Noble at Rutgers University Bookstore (tel.: 732-246-8448) or stop by to arrange for purchase of academic regalia. The bookstore is located in the Gateway Transit Building (at the intersection of College Avenue and Somerset Street), 100 Somerset Street, New Brunswick. Regalia orders will be available for pick-up at the bookstore.


2. Invitations and RSVPs (IMPORTANT!)
During the week of March 24th, each graduating student will receive invitations with envelopes to distribute to family and friends via student mailboxes. Due to the expected size of the event this year, we need to restrict attendance to no more than seven (7) guests per graduate. Invitation cards are required for entry at the event. One card per guest attending. You will also receive an RSVP form to let us know if you will be attending as a graduate, how many of the seven potential guests you estimate will be joining you at the event, and if any of your guests have special requirements (e.g., require wheelchair access). The ceremony and the reception afterwards are free and open to all Bloustein School graduating students and their guests.


3. Directions to Nicholas Music Center

Options for getting to the Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus, from the New Brunswick Train Station (NJ TRANSIT):
a). Take the the Rutgers "EE" bus from the corner of George St. and Somerset St. -- this bus goes to Douglass Campus and stops near the Nicholas Music Center (you must get off at the Gibbons bus stop).  However, the buses may be running on a reduced weekend schedule by Sunday, May 17, so the "EE" bus may just run once every 40 minutes or so. The website for the Department of Transportation Services, which runs campus buses, will have the summer bus schedule posted at:

b). Take a taxi from the New Brunswick Train Station to the Nicholas Music Center -- there is a taxi stand at the train station. The fare is approximately $5 within the city limits for up to 2 passengers (there is an extra fee for additional passengers). Victory Taxi's phone number is 732-545-6666. All Brunswick Taxi's phone number is 732-545-0900.

4. Hotel Accommodations

The Bloustein School will work to arrange for discounted rooms at several area hotels for the convenience of our graduates and their guests. Make sure to indicate affiliation with the Rutgers-Bloustein School Graduation to take advantage of the discounts. All rates are subject to change based on availability.

Hilton East Brunswick
3 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Call 732-828-2000; rate is $139 a night and up.

Holiday Inn Express
4 Tower Center Boulevard
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Call 732-247-6800 for information, make reservation through website (; $106-$120 based on room style and size.

Hyatt Regency
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Call 732-873-1234; rates are $178-$219 (Rutgers visitor rate, based on room style and size).

Days Hotel - East Brunswick
195 Route 18 South
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Call 732-828-6900; rates are $79.95 (Rutgers rate).

The Heldrich Hotel

10 Livingston Avenue (across from Bloustein School)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel: 732-729-4670; rates are $139-$160.