Rutgers-Newark Commencement

Tuesday, May 16

Rutgers University-Newark Commencement

Prudential Center at 9am


Graduating students of the following schools are welcome to participate:

School of Arts and Sciences-Newark (College of Arts and Sciences and University College)

Rutgers Business School-Newark undergraduates

School of Criminal Justice

School of Public Affairs and Administration (undergraduate and graduate).

Graduate School Newark


Prudential doors open at 8:00am for students and 8:15am for guests.

The Prudential Center is an accessible facility that can accommodate guests with physical challenges. Please visit for details. Commencement staff will be available to provide assistance. We strongly suggest your family arrive early and park at the Prudential Center. There are a number of independently owned parking lots across the street. Doors will open for guests between 8:15am - 8:30am


Please note that all seating for this event is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please allow time for security checks - allow at least 45 minutes to go through security.

Mask use is permitted based on fan preference by those who choose to do so, but there are no requirements for mask usage or proof of vaccination. These protocols are subject to change, based on updated guidance from applicable authorities or updated federal, state or local laws.


Bags up to 12"x14" are permitted inside Prudential Center. Anything larger are not permitted, with the exception of childcare or medical bags. Backpacks and drawstring bags are not permitted, regardless of size.  Permissible larger bags will be X-rayed. All bags are subject to search by Prudential Center security team members at each point of entry. Bags that do not meet these expectations must be returned to the guest’s vehicle or stored in a Prudential Center supplied locker at the guest’s expense. Lockers are located outside the M&M's Tower and Lafayette Street entrances.


Learn more about our arena food and beverage concessions and locations here:


Cash will NOT be accepted at concession stands, retail locations or the Box Office. Pay with a debit or credit card using tap to pay, chip or swipe, or mobile payment, including Apple Pay and Google Pay. For guests needing to convert cash to a card, our Reverse ATM kiosks with $0 transactional fees* are available by sections 1, 14, 125 and inside the Box Office Lobby. * Use of Reverse ATM services are subject to ReadyCARD Visa Prepaid Card Terms & Conditions, provided at each Reverse ATM kiosk location.