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| May 9 at 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT | State Theatre New Jersey

Mason Gross Convocation 2024

Join us for a live in-person event to celebrate our Class of 2024 graduates!

When: Thursday, May 9th, 2024 | 2:30pm EST

Where: The State Theatre – 15 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This event will be livestreamed. A link to the livestream will be shared here before the event.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Health Commencement​ will be held on Sunday, May 12th. For more information on this event, please visit the Commencement Website.

Mason Gross Ceremony Information
The Mason Gross Convocation ceremony is an intimate event that celebrates students completing a BFA, BM, MM, MFA, AD, or DMA degree. We also warmly welcome BA, EdM, MA and PhD students earning a degree in Art, Dance, Music or Theater.

Students will receive individual recognition and will have the opportunity to have their name called, walk across the stage, shake hands with the Dean and their Department Chair, and have their photo taken.

Immediately following the ceremony will be a post-reception in the Civic Square Building.

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

Please see more information under FAQ’s below.

Convocation Speaker
Please check back for updates!
Student Speaker
Audition to be the student speaker for the Mason Gross Convocation!

To apply:

  • Submit a complete draft of your proposed speech via email to advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu ON OR BEFORE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH.
  • Please title (email subject) your email: Student Speaker 2024
  • The speech should be 3-5 minutes in length
  • Email your speech together with your name, RUID, a telephone number, and times you are available to meet during the weeks of March 18th and 25th for a finalist live audition for the selection committee.
  • The student speaker will be chosen by a committee of students and staff and announced in early in early April.

If you have any questions, please email advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu.

Diploma Application

 

You must complete a diploma application in order to officially graduate.

Any undergraduate who has six or fewer outstanding credits 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 their academic advisor. These students will officially graduate in August 2024. If you need to update your class year, please contact your academic advisor. Click the button above to apply.

Academic Regalia
Academic regalia is required to participate in commencement and convocation ceremonies.

Rutgers–New Brunswick graduates can purchase regalia from the Barnes and Noble Rutgers University Bookstore ONLINE HERE now through March 31st. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT now through February 29th!

Online orders offer these delivery options:

  • Ship to store for no extra charge. Must order for ship to store by February 29 for pick up at Barnes & Noble starting April 4.
  • Ship to home for an additional delivery charge. Deadline to order with ship to home option is March 31.

Purchase regalia in-store OR pick up online orders at Barnes & Noble on Somerset Street beginning April 4.

The Grad Fair will be held at Barnes & Noble on April 4 & 5 from 10am-6pm. Join in the festivities, come for a complimentary professional headshot, and meet with representatives for purchasing class rings, diploma frames, personalized announcements and more!

Portraits at Graduation – Action Required

Rutgers has partnered with Pro Pics to take professional portraits of all graduates during the ceremony. Photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony. There is no cost to have your photo taken and no obligation to purchase. If you would like to receive your photo proofs, please go to www.RutgersPhotos.com to submit your information. If you have any questions regarding photos, please contact Pro Pics at info@propicsusa.com.

Senior Portraits
Lors Photography is offering Senior Portrait Sessions at three remote off-campus locations in New Jersey (New Brunswick, Mount Laurel, and Toms River).

Seniors were sent an email in the fall from Lors with details and links to book your portrait session. If you did not receive an email, please email customerservices@lorsstudio.com or call 908-964-3040.

Student FAQs
  • 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 between 1:30-2:00 pm for check-in. You will receive all instructions at that time
  • Is there a rehearsal for the convocation?
    • 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 advisement@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.
    • When contacting advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu with accessibility requests, please be sure to let us know if your guest requires a wheelchair accessible space or if they have a visual or hearing impairment.
  • What time should my guests arrive at the State Theatre?
    • The Theatre will open at 1:30pm. 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
Guest FAQs
  • What is the State Theatre’s COVID-19 policy?
    • Please visit their website HERE for current information.
  • 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 1:30pm. 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.
    • Please note: For your safety and security, The State Theatre has instituted bag checks and upon entry. While the process is quite efficient, please allow time to complete the bag check. Your patience and understanding during this process is appreciated.
  • 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.
  • 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 quiety 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 advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu if you are 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.
    • When contacting advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu with accessibility requests, please be sure to let us know if your guest requires a wheelchair accessible space or if they have a visual or hearing impairment.
  • How long will the ceremony last?
    • The ceremony lasts approximately two hours, depending on the number of students graduating.
  • 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.

 

COVID-19 Policy
We are following the State Theatre’s COVID-19 policy:

Based on advice from the CDC and the state of New Jersey as well as best practices adopted by the performing arts industry, State Theatre has implemented the following health and safety guidelines.

  • As of July 1, 2022, proof of vaccination status or results of a negative Covid-19 test are no longer required to enter the theater.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged but not required.
  • If you are feeling ill the day of an event or have been exposed to someone who has Covid-19, we kindly ask that you do not attend the performance.

Guidelines are subject to change at any time, and some artists and shows may require more stringent measures. Please refer to the website HERE for the latest policies applicable to your show.

Please direct all questions to advisement@mgsa.rutgers.edu.