Honors College Scholars Convocation | Class of 2022

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Tue, May 03 | 4:00 PM
President's Tent, 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ



What to Expect at the Honors College Scholars Convocation

Congratulations, graduates! Your hard work has paid off.

Celebrate your achievement at the inaugural Honors College Scholars Convocation.* At this much-anticipated ceremony, our faculty and staff will be awarding the Honors College medal to students who have completed all requirements to receive recognition as an "Honors College Scholar." Below is a brief look at what the Honors College ceremony will entail for graduating scholars.

* Graduation events are two-part: convocation and commencement. Convocation honors and recognizes the individual graduates and the honors earned from the Honors College. University Commencement celebrates all members of the Class of 2022 from Rutgers–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences at one event. It is at Commencement where President Holloway confers the degrees. Learn more about the University Commencement.

 Ceremony Program


We look forward to celebrating you as Honors College Scholars at our upcoming convocation.

◊ Opening 

Paul Gilmore, Administrative Dean, Honors College, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

◊ Remarks 

Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University

Francine Conway, Chancellor-Provost, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

◊ Convocation Address 

Subha Barry, a leading Rutgers supporter, avid advocate for working women and DEI initiatives, and a six-time cancer survivor

◊ Honors College Scholars Presenters ◊

(to be announced)

◊ Induction Into the Honors College Alumni Society 

Co-Chairs for the Class of 2022

Toibat Ayankunbi, School of Arts and Sciences
Sameer Shah, School of Engineering

View the Full Program and 2022 Honors College Scholars List


 Come Prepared


  • All Honors College Scholars MUST complete the mandatory Honors College Senior Exit Survey as well as the Rutgers Center for Career Exploration and Success Exit Survey by April 28 to participate in the Honors College Convocation. Complete the surveys now, if you haven't already.
  • Bring your Scholars Convocation tickets when you arrive with your guests. All tickets will be scanned upon entry to the President's Tent. *See Registration & Tickets Section below on how to obtain your tickets by April 26.
  • Register your vehicle for the event parking. *See more in the Parking Section below.
  • Come dressed in your academic regalia (your cap and gown), which is required for participation in the Scholars Convocation—no exceptions.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking and standing for a long duration. You’ll want to be comfortable!
  • Be prepared to pass through security before entering the President’s Tent. We prefer that you do not bring a bag, but if you do bring a bag, it will be inspected. Those with oversized or prohibited items may be directed to return such items to their vehicle. Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. View the Gate Procedures & Prohibited Items list.
  • Remember to bring your photo identification, proof of full vaccination or a COVID-19 negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event and must remain compliant with published COVID-19 protocols, if you are planning to watch the livestreamed ceremony from the Academic Building. Masks are not required. *See Health & Safety Section below.
  • Fill out the Special Accommodations Form by April 19 if you or your guests require any accommodations, including special-needs parking, seating, alternate viewing options, and traveling on campus. *See Event Accessibility section below.
  • Check out the Senior Year Experience webpage to learn all you need to celebrate your upcoming graduation and prepare for life as alumni.

NOTE: Honors College Scholars who are unable to attend the convocation will be able to pick up their medals at the front desk of the Honors College offices after May 5 during business hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.



 Registration and Tickets


Tickets are required for this event. Each Honors College Scholar will be provided with TWO guest tickets in addition to their own ticket. Tickets will be required for both the President’s Tent and the expanded outdoor seating just beyond the perimeter of the tent. While we can accommodate two guests per student, please note that the seating inside the tent is first-come, first-served, and your guests may be seated in the outdoor area. This event will take place rain or shine. 

Other guests can view the Scholars Convocation live stream in the adjacent Academic Building, room 2400, or from the Honors College website (more below). Seating in the Academic Building is first-come, first-served and does not require a ticket. *See the Health & Safety section below for details regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

NOTE: The ticketing is provided via Rutgers Student Affairs TIX platform. You will need an account in order to obtain your tickets.

We cannot guarantee tickets after April 26.


 Arrival and Procession

  • Please allow at least 30 minutes to park and get to the President’s Tent. Please refer to the parking section below for more details.
  • The doors will open at 2:30 PM to check in at the Tent.
  • Upon arrival, check in at the Tent and then head to the Honors College South entrance. Go to the Druskin Lounge to gather with fellow graduates.
  • All graduates should plan to arrive at the Honors College Druskin Lounge no later than 3:00 PM to allow time to find your place in the procession area.
  • The ceremony begins promptly at 4:00 PM with the student procession to the Tent.
  • In the procession area, line up with your classmates.
  • If you want to sit with friends, be sure they are standing in front of or behind you.
  • Plan to process in a dignified, single file line, with some formality.
  • Smile as you process – you’re on camera! Follow the instructions of the Scholars Convocation Ambassadors as you walk to your designated seating area in the Tent.


 Event Parking

Parking Map

Special event parking will be available in the following locations:

View each location above to get directions. You can also zoom in on the parking map provided to you on this page or visit the main Rutgers Map to identify where these parking lots are located in advance of your arrival.

Before arriving at the event and parking, guests must register a vehicle to be able to park at the available locations, otherwise guests may receive a citation.



GradImages is the official photographer for the Honors College Scholars Convocation. Finding your graduation photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit www.GradImages.com to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more.

Pre-registering will confirm your contact information to provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible and you'll save 20% off your order—visit GradImages.com/Registration for details. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, please contact the GradImages Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

All students are encouraged to share their memories from the Convocation on social media. You can tag us in your posts @ruhonorscollnb. We may share your posts online after the event.


 Livestreaming of the Event

Please be aware that this event will be livestreamed by Rutgers iTV for your convenience at the adjacent Academic Building, room 2400. *See the Health & Safety section below for details regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

This live stream will also be available on the page below. Please share this with your family and friends who are unable to attend the event in person.

The ceremony and live stream will begin at 4:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.


 Health & Safety

The health and safety of the Rutgers University community remains our top priority. We ensure that all in-person events are carried out in a manner that complies with CDCNew Jersey Department of Health, and Rutgers University guidelines. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have come in contact recently with anyone who has been infected with COVID-19, we kindly ask that you stay home. All travelers, foreign or domestic, must adhere to the U.S. Department of State Travel Restrictions. Please continue to check the event website for the most up to date information.

  • Attendees with tickets who are joining us under the President's Tent are exempt from the proof of vaccine/negative test requirement as it is considered an outdoor space. Masks are not required.
  • Friends and family members who do not have a ticket but would like to watch the ceremony from our indoor live-stream space just steps away must show photo identification, proof of full vaccination or a COVID-19 negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event and must remain compliant with published COVID-19 protocols. Masks are not required.


 Event Accessibility

Rutgers University strives for our campus experiences to be universally designed and useable by all people to the extent possible. If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please fill out the Special Accommodations Form by April 19.

Rutgers University complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.


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