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Class of 2013: College of Arts and Sciences (50), University College (64), Graduate School (56)
Commencement Date: Thursday May 23, 2013 Susquehanna Bank Center
4:30 p.m. Graduates line up in the Benjamin Franklin Lobby
5:00 p.m. Theater doors open for guests
6:00 p.m. Commencement ceremony begins
8:30 p.m. Commencement ceremony ends and diplomas distributed in the Benjamin Franklin lobby.
The Susquehanna Bank Center seats 6,600 people. Family and friends are welcome; tickets are not necessary. Guests enter through the Walt Whitman lobby. The Center is not climate controlled and may be cool when outside temperatures are below 60 degrees. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the Center.
From the North:
Take NJ Turnpike, exit 4 Route 73 N, take 295 S to Exit 26. Follow signs for 676, Ben Franklin Bridge – Camden. Take either Exit 4 (Atlantic Avenue) or 5a (MLK Blvd.) and follow signs to entertainment center.
From the South:
Take I95 N Exit 19 Walt Whitman Bridge. First exit, right hand side, #354. Follow onto 676, and follow signs to Camden. Exit either 4(Atlantic Avenue) or 5a (MLK Blvd.) and follow signs to Entertainment Center.
From the East:
Take Atlantic City Exp. W (approx. 40 miles). It will become 42 N. Follow signs to 676 Ben Franklin Bridge – Camden. Exit either 4 (Atlantic Avenue) or 5a (MLK Blvd.) and follow signs to Entertainment Center.
From the West:
76 E (Schuylkill Exp.) toward Central Philadelphia. Exit 344 (Vine St. Exp.) Take the exit for Ben Franklin Bridge, exit ramp make a right at the bottom of ramp. Follow signs to Ben Franklin Bridge. Follow 676 to either Exit 5a (MLK Blvd.) or 4 (Atlantic Avenue) and follow signs to Entertainment Center.
PATCO (www.RidePATCO.org); NJ TRANSIT (www.njtransit.com); River LINE (www.riverline.com); Riverlink Ferry (www.riverlinkferry.org)
Free parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Susquehanna Bank Center.
The expected dress is the cap, gown and hood;the BA hood is white and the BS hood is gold. Regalia may be purchased at the University District Bookstore until May 23rd. The regalia for bachelor’s degree candidates is $70.98; for master’s degree candidates, it’s $77.98. Please note that the regalia is yours to keep. For PhD candidates, the rental cost of regalia is $77.98. PhD candidates who wish to purchase their regalia should contact the bookstore at 856-968-1200. The bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tassel of the cap is worn on the left by graduate students to signify an earned baccalaureate degree and on the right by the undergraduates.
HONORS GRADUATES (undergraduates only):
Honors graduates may wear red cords with their regalia. These cords will be available for purchase (the cost is $20.00; you may pay with cash or credit card) prior to commencement line-up. You must present picture ID (Rutgers ID card, drivers’ license, etc.). The requirements for Honors are 45 credits at Rutgers University and a GPA of 3.5 or above. Honors College graduates may also wear gold stoles, which they may pick up at the Honors College office.
Degree candidates should report at 4:30 p.m. to the Benjamin Franklin Lobby at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Marshals will provide complete instructions at that time. CANDIDATES WILL PROCESS BY MAJOR. REFER TO THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM FOR YOUR PLACE IN THE PROCESSION. Doctoral candidates will process first, followed by master’s students, Bachelor of Science and then Bachelor of Arts’ degree recipients. Students with two majors process with the major that is alphabetically first, i.e. an English and psychology major marches with English majors.
Degrees will be conferred by major. Marshals will start and guide each row of graduates to the stage. Here a reader will announce the name of each candidate. Do not advance until your name is read. Upon receipt of a diploma envelope, undergraduates are to switch the tassel of the cap from right to left and return to their original seats. We ask that you behave courteously toward other graduates. No air horns or any disruptive noisemakers will be permitted. Graduates are also expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony. DIPLOMAS will be distributed AFTER THE CEREMONY in the Benjamin Franklin lobby. More precise instructions will be in the diploma envelope you receive on stage.
A professional photographer will take your picture as you receive your degree and also when you leave the stage. Life Tiouch (800/334-1531 x2121) will contact you directly a few weeks after Commencement. Your guests are welcome to take photographs in the designated area near the stage. Please instruct them to leave this area immediately after taking photographs to provide room for others.
SPECIAL NEEDS GRADUATES AND GUESTS:
Reserved seating in an easily accessible area is available for guests with special needs. You may contact Ms. Krista Wehlen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-225-6043 to request accommodations. Specify the need and provide the names of all in the party and contact information (address and phone number) for the group. Requests should be received by May 16 to guarantee priority seating. Guests may be accompanied by up to two family members, and any small children aged five and younger. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for transport only. If guests have their own wheelchair, accessible seating is available. Rutgers plans on offering closed caption coverage of the ceremony. Screens with closed captioning coverage will be viewable from the 100 and 104 sections. Graduates should also inform us of their special needs.
- The Holiday Inn Express 1305-11 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Tel: 1-800-315-2621 (http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/philadelphia/phlmt/hoteldetail) which is a very short walk to the PATCO line at 12-13th & Locust which will take you to Camden (City Hall).
- The Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel at One Dock Street (2nd and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Tel: 215-238-6000) (http://www.sheratonsocietyhillhotel.com/)
- Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill (Click here for more details)
- Special Rutgers Pricing!
- Sheraton Society Hill Hotel $155.00 per night (Call and Mention Rutgers-Camden)
- Holiday Inn: $124 per night (Call and Mention Rutgers-Camden)
- Crowne Plaza: $109 per night (Call and Mention Rutgers-Camden or book online and use this link:Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill- Corporate Rate)
The Rutgers University-Camden Alumni Association (RUCAA) offers a FREE membership to graduates. If your parents are Rutgers-Camden graduates, notify Carla Davenport, the assistant director of Alumni Relations, at 856-225-6028.
Undergraduate students should contact Jennifer Thiel at the Office of Academic Advising: email@example.com
Graduate students should contact Amy Liberi at the Graduate School-Camden Office: firstname.lastname@example.org