Rutgers Business School - New Brunswick Class of 2017


Contact Information:

Senior Counselor, Lin Williams -

Assistant Dean, Felicia Norott -

During the school year, you will be receiving information pertaining to graduation. Communication will be via emails (default Scarlet Mail account or the account linked to your net id), Facebook ("Like" the RBS NB Class of 2017 page) and this website. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you are not receiving emails from the business school on a regular basis. It is your responsibility to read through all information and take action on the steps necessary to graduate.

Bookmark this page and check back frequently. Be sure to read all the information carefully and reach out to your Senior Student Counselor with any questions that you may have pertaining to any of the information listed below.


Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick Convocation


All undergraduate business students participating in the May graduation ceremony are encouraged to attend both the RBS Convocation and the University Commencement to represent Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick.

The RBS Convocation ceremony is on Friday, May 12th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) on Livingston Campus. University Commencement is on Sunday, May 14th from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium on Busch Campus.

Seniors who have completed their degree requirements in January 2017 or will be completing their degree requirements in May 2017 or October 2017 are permitted to walk at the RBS Convocation and University Commencement.


Registration for Convocation

Graduating seniors that plan on attending the RBS Convocation Ceremony on May 12, 2017 must register online via MarchingOrder. For first-time users, please click on the link under “New Users”. When asked for an email address, please use your Rutgers-affiliated email address ( If you are unsure of your email address, click here. An email will be sent to you prompting you to create a password. If you do not receive this email within 1 hour, please email Michelle Tomitz at Please note that there is no registration required for University Commencement.


RBS Convocation Ceremony Details

RBS Convocation
Doors to the RAC will open at approximately 1:00 p.m. When graduates arrive, they are to make their way to the back of the RAC via the North and South Marshaling hallways. Graduates will begin lining up at 1:45 p.m. Graduates must check-in before lining up and obtain his/her personalized graduation card.  

Guests are encouraged to attend the convocation pre-show that will comprise of student images, event photos, shout-outs, videos, fun facts, and more! The pre-show begins promptly at 1:15 p.m.

The RBS Convocation Ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours.  After the speeches are concluded, graduates will approach the platform by department and by last name.  As each graduate’s name is called, they will walk across the stage to receive their RBS gonfalon pin.   

Diplomas are NOT given out at the RBS Convocation Ceremony. Please click here to access the Online Diploma Application.  You will have until April 12, 2017 to apply.   Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your diploma application approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation.

Rutgers Business School Convocation Ceremony, Class of 2016

University Commencement
The University Commencement will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium For all other details regarding University Commencement, please visit here.


Graduating with Honors

College Honors cords will be available to students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or above as of the fall 2016 semester. No exceptions will be made. Gold honors cords will be available for pickup at 100 ROCK in the front lobby near the concierge desk on April 25th, 26th and 27th between the hours of 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on each day. Gold cords will be provided by the Special Programs Office without charge, to honor your outstanding academic performance.    

Beta Gamma Sigma members: You may pick up your royal blue and gold honor cords when you pick up your college honor cords at 100 ROCK in the front lobby near the concierge desk on April 25th, 26th and 27th between the hours of 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Beta Alpha Psi members: You may pick up your cords from Dornell Haurey in the Accounting Department in 100 Rock, South Tower, Room 4141 starting April 24.


Before the start of the RBS convocation ceremony, Dean Markowitz rings the Rutgers Business School bell six times to signify each major.


Caps and Gowns

Graduation caps, gowns and gold hoods for Rutgers Business School students can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore, which is located at 100 Somerset Street in New Brunswick.  The RBS gowns are black with a red panel down the front middle as shown below.  The Bachelor of Science degree is represented by the gold hood. The red and black tassel for the cap should start on the student’s right and be moved during the ceremony to the left.  

Student regalia will be available for purchase at the B&N, 100 Somerset Street bookstore location beginning April 3rd.  Regalia will be sold during regular business hours through the morning of commencement in the bookstore. This year the bachelor sets will run about $80 for the cap, black gown with red panel, red and black tassel and gold hood. Make sure you indicate you are an RBS student so you are given the correct regalia!

Each year, the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore holds a Grad Fair where students can purchase his/her cap and gown, learn about and see the selection of class rings, personalized announcements, diploma frames, and much more during this exciting time. The Grad Fair is being held on April 12, 2017 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore at 100 Somerset Street.


Cap and Gown Recycle Program

Close to 800 RBS graduates wear graduation gowns each year. What happens to those gowns after the ceremony? Usually they go into the trash or remain in their closet for years to come before they are finally discarded. This year RBS would like to help graduating seniors save money by implementing The RBS Cap and Gown Recycling Program which will enable RBS to offer graduating seniors a free cap and gown. The savings is around $80 per senior but we need your help.

All graduating seniors that bring their gently worn RBS cap and gown to the RBS Special Programs Office, located at 100 Rockafeller Road, Room 1025 within two weeks after graduation (deadline this year is Monday, May 29 at 4:00 pm) will be entered into a lottery to win a 7.9-inch IPad Pro - 32GB! The winner will be notified by Friday, June 2 to come and pick up their brand new IPad Pro. In addition, an update of the winner will be posted on the RBS website for all to see~  Good Luck and please help us make this happen.

Caps and gowns can be dropped off at the Undergraduate Programs Office from May 15, 2017-May 26, 2017 (weekdays only) between the hours of 9:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Undergraduate Programs Office is located on the first floor of 100 Rock, North Tower. Gowns can be dropped off with the RBS Student Ambassadors located at the reception desk. Make sure your name is added to the Gown Recycling Drop Off-List in order to receive credit.

Congratulations to Jackie Foo for winning the 2017 Cap and Gown contest! A special thanks goes to all students who donated his/her cap and gown to support future RBS grads! We thank you for your support.



Invitations to the RBS Convocation and University Commencement will be available for pickup at 100 ROCK in the front lobby near the concierge desk on April 25th, 26th and 27th between the hours of 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on each day. A maximum packet of six graduation invitations will be available to you; however, you may invite as many guests as you wish to either ceremony.  Please note that you MUST complete the RBS Undergraduate Survey before you pick up your invitations. Details on the survey are below.


Mandatory Student Surveys

Before you pick up your graduation invitations, you are required to fill out one online survey – the RBS Undergraduate survey.  

The NB Undergraduate survey was emailed to your Rutgers email account ( or on April 7, 2017. You must complete the Undergraduate survey before you come to 100 ROCK to pick up the Graduation invitations.



RBS Convocation Parking:
Parking is available on Livingston Campus and is free.  

RBS Convocation Handicap drop off/parking:
Please use the Green Lot, (found on the side of the RAC without the tent) for handicap drop-off area and handicap parking spaces. Handicap spaces will be first come first served. The Green Parking lot can be accessed via Hospital Road, which is off Avenue E. There are also handicap parking spaces available in the Scarlet Lot, which can be accessed via Rockafeller Road. For directions to the Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC), please click here.

University Commencement Parking:
With more than 40,000 people expected on our campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick for Rutgers University Commencement on Sunday, May 14, 2017, we know that parking will be challenging. Parking on campus will be limited so graduating students must register online to receive up to two free Commencement parking hangtags beginning on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on that day.

On Sunday, May 14, Rutgers campus buses will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from campus parking locations and the High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway every 3–5 minutes, starting at 8 a.m. and running into the evening.

University Commencement Online Parking Hangtag Registration
Online registration for free Commencement parking hangtags will begin on Monday, March 20, 2017  at 10 a.m., and will end on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 9 a.m. During this period, students are required to register online (NetID required) for up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests. Parking locations are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click here for more information regarding commencement parking and to register for your hangtags starting March 20th.

Special needs parking is available and requires a special Rutgers Commencement parking hangtag. More details about parking, getting around, and registration is available in the Parking & Getting Around section of the University Commencement website.


Handicap Seating

RBS Convocation
There will be handicapped seating available in the RAC during the RBS Convocation. No reservations are necessary. Please look for the signage for handicapped seating on the first level.

University Commencement
There will be limited handicapped seating available at the Stadium for University Commencement. Please check the University Commencement website for more details by clicking here.



Refreshments for the RBS Convocation will be offered in a nearby outdoor tent adjacent to the RAC, compliments of the Office of Undergraduate Programs. RBS students and their guests are encouraged to attend at the conclusion of the Convocation Ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017.



A professional photographer from Island Photography will take pictures of each individual student on stage during the RBS Convocation ceremony. RBS is not affiliated with any other outside photography vendors. If you intend to take photos through a different photography vendor, make sure you are wearing the Rutgers Business School cap and gown (black with red panel down the front center, black cap, red & black tassel). Senior pictures are not mandatory.



Now is the time to make sure that you are on track to graduate on time. If you have any questions related to your senior program, your Senior Student Counselor can help. Do not wait until the last minute to contact your advisor if you come across any discrepancies. A senior review meeting is not mandatory, but highly encouraged.


Degree Navigator:

Degree Navigator is a tool that you can use to check your requirements. Check Degree Navigator to confirm your major(s) and minor(s). We recommend that you keep track of your degree(s) using Degree Navigator, but please keep in mind that DN does not account for everything, such as courses approved with an exception, certain study abroad course work, etc. Therefore, if you see a mistake on DN, contact Felicia ( immediately.


Major/Minor Declaration:

Students must be declared with the correct major(s) and minor(s) in order to be certified correctly for graduation. Check Degree Navigator to confirm your major(s) and minor(s). Any discrepancies should be dealt with immediately. You will NOT graduate with an incomplete major/minor. All degrees must be fully complete by the time you graduate, otherwise, you will be required to drop the secondary major/minor or reclassify to a later graduation date. 

Please note that if you are a double or triple major in Business School departments, and are utilizing a particular course to count for a requirement in each of two majors, you are only permitted to do this “double count” ONE TIME, in RBS.  Once you have utilized your one opportunity to “double count” a course between two majors, you will have exhausted this possibility for the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree.  One “double count” possibility, per student.


Part-time Status:

Seniors who require less than 12 credits to graduate entering into their final semester prior to graduation are eligible to go part-time. No paperwork is necessary to do this. Please keep in mind that changing to part-time status impacts various student services, including Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) status, university housing, honors program status, student athlete status, dining services, financial aid (i.e. scholarships, loans, and other funding sources), international student status and medical insurance. Please check the appropriate offices before changing your status to part-time. Seniors who have already registered for 12 credits or above cannot drop below 12 credits without assistance from an advisor. Contact your advisor if such a situation occurs.


Pass/No Credit Option:

Seniors have the option to take up to two elective courses with a pass/no credit option.

Pass/No Credit Policy:

  • Only general elective courses can be taken on a pass/no credit basis. You cannot select this option for a course being used to satisfy your major, minor, liberal arts distribution requirements, or ANY other graduation credentials. Courses that could potentially satisfy an unfulfilled requirement cannot be taken as pass/no credit.
  • Business courses cannot be taken as pass/no credit.
  • The pass/no credit option can be applied to only one course in each of your final two semesters prior to graduation.
  • Deadlines are binding. The pass/no credit option cannot be rescinded once the deadline has passed.

Deadlines for submission:

  • Fall 2016 semester: Monday , September 26, 2016
  • Spring 2017: Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Six-week summer session: 10th calendar day after class begins
  • Winter session courses cannot be taken on a pass/no credit basis

**No extensions to the above deadlines**


Winter Session:

A maximum of one 3 or 4-credit course can be taken over the Winter session. Credits earned in Winter Session may be applied towards degree completion at Rutgers Business School. All courses taken outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick must be pre-approved by your academic counselor in the Undergraduate Programs Office to ensure the proper transferability. Please make sure that you have the appropriate prerequisites you need to register for winter session courses listed on the Rutgers Winter Session website. You may contact the sponsoring academic department (use the search website) for departmental contact information.


Summer Session:

A maximum of 12 credits can be taken over the Summer session. This includes total courses taken at Rutgers and elsewhere. All courses taken outside of Rutgers-NB must be preapproved to ensure transferability. It is your responsibility to request a transcript to be sent to the RBS Undergraduate Programs Office as soon as the class has ended. You cannot register for courses in two different schools at the same time. For example, you cannot register to take classes at Rutgers University and another school outside of Rutgers University during the same session. All students completing their degree at the end of the summer session will be an October graduate. You must classify as an October graduate to have your degree reviewed for October. This will not happen automatically.



Students who meet high academic standards will graduate with College Honors. Honor status is based on the final cumulative GPA at the end of your final semester. College honors will be noted on the diploma and on the final transcript.


3.500 - 3.699

Cum laude

3.700 - 3.849

Magna cum laude

3.850 - 4.000

Summa cum laude

** Averages are not rounded up to the next highest number**

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above at the end of the Fall 2015 semester will be permitted to walk in graduation with RBS College Honors cords.

Departmental honors/recognitions will be given out by each individual department. 


Graduation Requirements:

Students attending Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate – New Brunswick will be expected to complete the academic requirements of the Rutgers Business School and Rutgers University. The following specifications must be met and completed for graduation:

  • The General Education Liberal Arts distribution requirements/SAS CORE Requirements
  • The Rutgers Business School core requirements
  • Business major required courses
  • Minimum of 120 credits earned toward the Bachelor of Science degree
  • Minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA

Additionally, in order to receive a degree from the Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick, students must take a minimum of 45 business credits at Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate–New Brunswick.

To ensure you graduate on time, you need to make sure you are classified for the correct graduation month/year. Seniors must check their transcripts to make sure all transfer credits are accounted for. You can view your unofficial transcript here. All courses taken outside of Rutgers must be pre-approved by the Undergraduate Programs Office. Please use as a reference guide. Any discrepancies should be dealt with immediately through your Senior Counselor. 

January 2017 Graduation 

Seniors who finish their degree requirements by the end of the Fall 2016 semester or the end of the Winter session can apply for a degree dated January 2017. January 2017 grads can walk in the May 2017 ceremony and their names will be called on stage and will be included in the program. You must classify as a January graduate in order to have your degree reviewed for January. Failure to do so will push your graduation date to May 2017. This will not happen automatically.

May 2017 Graduation 

Seniors who finish their degree requirements by the end of the Spring 2017 semester can apply for a degree dated May 2017. You must classify as a May graduate in order to have your degree reviewed for May. Failure to do so will push your graduation date to October 2017. May graduates will walk in the May 2017 graduation ceremony. This will not happen automatically.

October 2016 Graduation 

Students completing their degree over the Summer 2017 session will be considered an October 2017 graduate. Such students can walk in the May 2017 ceremony. Names will not be listed in the graduation booklet. You must classify as an October graduate in order to have your degree reviewed for October.

If you need to reclassify your graduation date to an earlier or later date, you will need to fill out the reclassification form and hand it in to the Office of Undergraduate Programs.


Senior Checklist

Click on this link to view the Senior Checklist for RBS 2017 Grads!