Commencement Convocation 2017

GRADUATION CEREMONIES | CONVOCATION SPEAKER | STUDENT INFORMATION | PARENT INFORMATION

Graduation Ceremonies May 2017

University Commencement

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 10 a.m.
High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway

Graduating from Rutgers means enjoying a multi-part ceremony. One is University Commencement, a giant celebration with your fellow students from across the entire university and all three campuses. There, you will see your name scroll on the stadium ribbon board and enjoy special videos such as graduate shout-outs to family and friends, Honorary Degree recipient tributes, photo montages, and more. With thousands of guests saluting the culmination of your achievement, it will be a day you will never forget. Tickets are not required to attend the event at the stadium; however, a Commencement Parking Hangtag is required for those who wish to park on campus on May 14.  Students must register online here from March 20 through April 17, 2017, for up to two free Commencement Parking Hangtags for themselves and their guests. Note that parking permits issued by Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking on campuses in Piscataway and New Brunswick on Sunday, May 14. All students and guests who wish to park on campus on May 14 must register for a Commencement Parking Hangtag. Please check back in March to register.

INFORMATION ABOUT UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT MAY CHANGE DAILY - PLEASE VISIT THE UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST UPDATES:

 http://commencement.rutgers.edu.

Mason Gross Convocation

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
State Theatre, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

Your other must-attend graduation ceremony is this intimate event, where you’ll join with your graduating class and faculty members to receive individual recognition. The Mason Gross School of the Arts Convocation will include the following festivities:

  • Your name will be read
  • Celebrate with the students, faculty, and staff who have been alongside you during your studies at the Mason Gross School
  • Attend a post-ceremony reception

General Student Information – UPDATED December 19, 2016

If you anticipate graduating in May 2017, you must submit a diploma application. The diploma application is available online here. Please be sure to fill out the online diploma application by April 1.

Mason Gross Convocation

The Mason Gross Convocation ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. at the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. This event is meant to celebrate Mason Gross students completing a BFA, BM, MM, MFA or DMA degree. Each student will have the opportunity to have his/her name called, walk across the stage and shake the hand of the Dean of Mason Gross, Dean George Stauffer. Mason Gross faculty and staff who have been aiding students in their time at Mason Gross are also in attendance. 

Convocation Speaker and Student Speaker

Convocation Speaker: Eric Krebs

Eric Krebs’s theatrical career spans more than 40 years as a producer, theater founder and operator, college professor, and occasional performer.

In 1974 he founded George Street Playhouse, a not-for-profit, regional theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey, which is now in its 43rd year. Krebs acted as the producing director for 14 years. He also built and operated Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theater Center and Douglas Fairbanks Theater for over 20 years. Now he operates the Playroom Theater and The Physics Theater in New York City.

Krebs has produced several shows on Broadway: Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home (Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event), Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (nominated for four 1999 Tony Awards including Best Musical), and Electra (nominated for three Tony Awards).

Recent Off-Broadway productions include: That Physics Show (Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), Sing: A South African and American Celebration, A Class Act, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, Laughing Liberally, For Lovers Only, Will Durst: The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, Toxic Audio (2004 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience), Rounding Third, Langston Hughes’s Little Ham, Golf: The Musical, Tallulah Hallelujah starring Tovah Feldshuh, A Pure Gospel America, The Big Bang, the world premiere of Bash written by Neil LaBute, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown, Jr., and This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan.

Other New York producing credits include: Capitol Steps, Fyvush Finkel From Second Avenue To Broadway, The Passion Of Dracula, Fool For Love, King Of Schnorrers, The Rise Of David Levinsky, By And For Havel, and Paul Robeson (starring Avery Brooks). Krebs also produced Geoffrey Ewing’s Ali, a theatrical production of the biography of Muhammed Ali, which was featured at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, as well as at the Mermaid Theater in London.

In 2007 Krebs performed a one person, 90 minute adaptation of King Lear entitled: “Considering Lear.” In 2016, he performed My Father's Voice, a solo presentation of his father's letters from 1938–45.

Krebs is the founder of the informational website studentrush.org as well as the owner of the School Theatre Ticket Program. He was also the chairman of Amas Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit theater dedicated to training “city kids” in the performing arts and the creation of new musicals for multi-ethnic casts, for 25 years. He was awarded the Robert Whitehead Award for excellence in producing in February 1999.

Krebs is a professor of theater arts at Baruch College, City University of New York, continuing a career as an educator that began in 1969 at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he is professor emeritus.

Student Speaker: Brianna Figueroa, BFA Dance

Brianna Figueroa is a fourth-year BFA dance major hailing from Bergenfield, New Jersey. Throughout her four years at Mason Gross she has performed in works by Martha Graham, Brian Brooks, Randy James, Paul C. Ocampo, and Samuel Pott. Additionally, she has performed in numerous students works and has presented her own choreography.

Figueroa spent her third year studying abroad at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England where she worked with former Merce Cunningham dancer, Daniel Squire, and performed in a Merce Cunningham MiniEvent. While abroad, she also interned at the Laban Health and Dance Science Centre. She is currently enrolled in the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program at Rutgers and will earn her Pilates Method Alliance certification by the end of the summer.

 

Student Information – Updated December 19, 2016

  • What if I still need one or two classes to graduate?

Any undergraduate who has six credits or fewer outstanding from the 120 required to complete both the liberal arts requirements and the major requirements for the BFA or BM degree is asked to see Dean Feiler. Students with six or fewer credits remaining to complete the degree may be allowed to participate in the Mason Gross Convocation ceremony provided they have enrolled in the appropriate courses in an accredited summer program and have had the summer credits preapproved by the Dean’s Office. Please see Dean Feiler as soon as possible to learn if you are eligible to “walk” in May.

  • Is Mason Gross Convocation a ticketed event?

The Commencement Convocation this year is a non-ticketed event. This means seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Family seating area will be determined by the event staff.

  • Where do I obtain my regalia?

Regalia can be obtained from the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore on Somerset Street. Regalia should be available beginning March 30. Please inform the bookstore that you are from Mason Gross. You will need to purchase a gown, cap, tassel, and hood. The entire package should cost around $70. Academic regalia is required if you plan to attend the ceremony. For an extra fee, you may order regalia online.

For instructions on how to wear your academic hood, click here.

Mason Gross School of the Arts: Undergraduates, Masters, and Doctoral students. Black robe. Red center panel. White Tab Insignia. White tassel. Hoods vary.

  • What time and where do I report to the ceremony?

If you are planning to take part in the Convocation ceremony, you should report to the Civic Square Building no later than 2 p.m. You will receive all instructions at that time.

  • Is there a rehearsal for commencement?

There will not be a rehearsal for students. All necessary information will be relayed to you when you report to the Civic Square Building. Mason Gross staff will assist you step-by-step through the ceremony.

  • What if I have a guest with a disability attending the ceremony?

Accessible seating will be available in the rear of the orchestra section of the State Theatre and is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate all requests and per ADA laws, those requiring accessible seating will have one (1) companion seat in addition to their accessible seat. Graduating students should contact Kayleigh Galante at kgalante@mgsa.rutgers.edu if your guests have any hearing, visual or mobility impairments. Accessible seating can only be guaranteed for those who inform the Dean’s Office prior to the ceremony. All held seats will be forfeit 10 minutes prior to the scheduled ceremony start time. Guests can be dropped off at the main entrance if all accessible parking is full.

  • What time should my guests arrive at the State Theatre?

The Theatre will open at 2 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no reserved seating. Be sure to allow ample time for arrival due to traffic patterns and weather.

Parent Information Updated December 19, 2016

  • How do I get to the State Theatre?

Directions are available here.

  • Where do I park?

Parking is available for a fee in a few locations in the downtown New Brunswick area. Click here for locations.

  • What time does the State Theatre open?

The Theatre will open at 2 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no reserved seating. Be sure to allow ample time for arrival due to traffic patterns and weather.

  • What can I bring with me?

This is a very busy event, and space in the seating area is limited. The event staff cannot monitor or be responsible for personal items. Flowers and balloons are not permitted in the seating area.

  • Is Mason Gross Convocation a ticketed event?

The Commencement Convocation is a non-ticketed event. This means seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Family seating area will be determined by the event staff.

  • Can I save seats for family who are running late?

In order to accommodate all those in attendance, please wait for your entire party prior to entering the seating area. All empty seats will be filled by event staff as necessary.

  • What is the late seating policy?

If you arrive late to the ceremony, you will be seated at the discretion of the event management in a predetermined late seating area. Late seating usually occurs after the student and faculty processionals, roughly 10 to 15 minutes into the ceremony. After that, seating will be determined by the event staff and seat availability.

  • What if there are no more seats when I arrive?

Due to fire codes, there is a limit to the number of people allowed in the State Theatre. Once this number is met, no more people will be admitted. It is suggested that you make sure you give yourself ample time to get to New Brunswick, park, and walk to the theater. The State Theatre has a video/audio feed into the lobby for the full event.

  • Can we sit near or with our graduate?

No. The family seating area will be determined by event staff.

  • Can we bring an infant or small child?

All infants and small children should be able to sit quietly or you will be asked to leave the ceremony. Please make arrangements for childcare if your infant or small child cannot sit quietly for the duration of the ceremony. Strollers and car seats are not permitted in the seating area.

  • What if I have a guest with a disability attending the ceremony?

Accessible seating will be available in the rear of the orchestra section of the State Theatre and is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to accommodate all requests and per ADA laws, those requiring accessible seating will have one (1) companion seat in addition to their accessible seat. Graduating students should contact Kayleigh Galante at kgalante@mgsa.rutgers.edu if your guests have any hearing, visual or mobility impairments. Accessible seating can only be guaranteed for those who inform the Dean’s Office prior to the ceremony. All held seats will be forfeit 10 minutes prior to the scheduled ceremony start time. Guests can be dropped off at the main entrance if all accessible parking is full.

  • How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours, depending on the number of students graduating and the speakers.

  • Can I bring food, beverages, or bottled water into the ceremony?

No. Food or beverages are not allowed in the State Theatre.

  • Can I take pictures?

Yes, you can take pictures. However, we ask that you be aware of students and other guests and not obstruct the aisles or block the view for someone else.

  • Can I meet my graduate in the seating area after the ceremony?

It is respectfully requested that families and friends arrange to meet each other at the reception in the Civic Square Building following the ceremony. The seating area closes directly after the ceremony ends.