Date: May 15, 2024
Time: 9:00am
Location: Prudential Center

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Please be sure to read the Prudential Health and Safety Guidelines, including information about what personal belongings, bags, etc are/are not permitted in the arena.


Minimum criteria for graduation. Successful completion of the following:

• A minimum of 120 degree credits

• The college’s core curriculum

• The criminal justice major requirements

• A second concentration*

• The writing intensive requirement

• A minimum grade point average of 2.0

All candidates for graduation must complete a diploma application form online in order to be considered for graduation.

The deadline for applying is as follows:

Graduation Date

Last Term Completed

Submit an Online Application by:



July 30



October 15



February 15

Only ONE Convocation Ceremony is held annually in May for ALL graduates (October, January and May).Unless the application is filed by the appropriate date, the degree is not conferred and graduation is delayed.

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all the graduation requirements of the college, including certification of the major, have been fully met well before the expected date of graduation. For a personal academic degree audit evaluation, please visit the degree navigator.

To participate in a commencement ceremony, a student must have successfully completed all degree requirements. Inquiries concerning graduation may be directed to The Office of Academic & Student Services located in The School of Criminal Justice.

Click here to Apply.

*August graduates are invited to walk and participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students who would like to walk and participate in the May commencement ceremony must register for all final classes in the Summer, apply for August graduation, and submit a permission request form.


CLICK HERE to access the Permission to Walk Form. The deadline to submit a request to participate in the May 2024 commencement ceremony is April 29, 2024.

Please note: August graduates will not have their names printed in the commencement program, but they are welcome to participate and will have their names announced during the ceremony.

*Please note that if you plan to walk during the May ’24 ceremony, you will need to purchase your regalia before the deadline listed on the website: March 28, 2024. This form is to only approve you to walk and will not extend the time for you to order regalia for the ceremony. If you do not have regalia purchased for the ceremony, you are unable to participate.


Earning a bachelor’s degree with honors is a tremendous accomplishment! Students who earn this distinction will be given an honor cord(s) or medallion to wear to commencement. Honor cords/Medallions will be distributed during Name Card pick-up (announced later in Spring semester). The honors designation will also be noted on your final transcript and degree. Honors will be awarded to graduates who have a cumulative Grade Point Average as follows:

Cum laude3.500- 3.699
Magna cum laude3.700- 3.849
Summa cum laude3.850- 4.00

Honors at Commencement

Honor status will be displayed on the main screen as your name is called during the Commencement Ceremony and listed in the Commencement program. For May candidates: This will be based on your current completed GPA – not including spring grades. After the Commencement Ceremony your GPA will be recalculated with your spring grades and if you qualify for honors it will be noted on your final transcript and diploma. 


Ship to the Bookstore- Deadline to order is March 28, 2024
Ship to Home- Deadline to order is April 13, 2024

In order to participate in the ceremony, all graduates must place regalia orders with the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Regalia is provided by Oak Hall, a partner of the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore. The website for purchasing Rutgers-Newark regalia is:

It is important to note that the bookstore will not have regalia in-store. (Also note: Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-New Brunswick have their own dedicated websites for ordering regalia.) For information about regalia please reach out to Brielle Amos, Barnes & Noble bookstore manager, at or (973) 353-2200.

NOTE: If you selected to have regalia shipped to the store, pick-up will begin May 2nd until May 12th.

The colors of the outside trim of the hood is associated with your degree and everyone will have a red stripe to represent RU. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree- Justice Studies (White Hood)

Bachelor of Science Degree- Criminal Justice (Yellow Hood)


Graduation portraits can be taken by Island Photography; an email with login has been sent to graduating students that have applied for graduation with their academic units. Please check your spam folder in case it’s not in your inbox. You can also try contacting Island Photography directly at (516) 767-1234 or email at to schedule an appointment.

Currently, there is not a yearbook for the graduating class of 2024. This means you can take portraits at the studio of your preference.


Graduation rings can be purchased through Balfour. Visit to look at the rings and make a purchase. If you have any questions you may call the Customer Service Department at (800-225-3687) or email

Tina Stenman | Territory Manager |Commemorative Brands, Inc. | Balfour | PA/DE/NJ/NY| Direct: 484-868-3599


Please reach out to your academic advisor via email or set up an appointment through Navigate if you have any questions about this May’s graduation and/or the ceremony.

You can also attend our Graduation Workshops below and find out more about what is required for graduation and the ceremony being held on May 15, 2024.