Commencement & Senior Year Information

The Program in Criminal Justice will be hosting a Senior Recognition Ceremony, where we will be recognizing and paying tribute to each of our graduating seniors individually, as well as awarding our departmental honors.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017; immediately following will be a reception where light refreshments will be served.  The ceremony is open to graduating seniors who have completed the Criminal Justice major requirements and have registered with S.A.S. for a graduation date of January 2017, May 2017, or October 2017.


We are requiring advanced RSVP for all seniors interested in attending the ceremony.  Students must fill out and submit the RSVP Form by Monday, April 24, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: RSVP Form.  All of the logistics and information about the Senior Recognition Ceremony for both graduating seniors and guests is available in this section of our website.  Any questions can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will respond as soon as we can.  Late RSVP's should be sent to TBD immediately; RSVP Forms must be sent before attending the ceremony in order to generate a marching name card.

       

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Friday, May 12, 2017
College Avenue Gymnasium

Student Check-In 5:45pm - 6:00pm
College Avenue Gymanisum Annex

RSVP Form Due by Monday, April 24, 2017

See below for guest ticket information.

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 Program

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30pm, and will conclude at approximately 8:00pm; there will be a desserts reception immediately following in the College Avenue Gymnasium Annex, where light refreshments will be served. 
  • Graduates must arrive between 5:45pm and 6:00pm in the College Avenue Gymnasium Annex where they will need to check in.
  • Graduates must wear formal attire: no jeans, flip flops, sneakers, shorts, or t-shirts will be permitted.  Students should not wear their S.A.S. regalia to this ceremony.
  • During the ceremony, each graduate will be recognized.  Departmental honors will be awarded at that time.
  • Advanced registration is required by submitting the RSVP Form by Monday, April 24, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: RSVP Form.
  • Late RSVP's should be sent to TBD immediately; RSVP Forms must be sent before attending the ceremony in order to generate a marching name card. 

Guests

  • Doors to the main gymnasium entrance will open at 5:45pm. No guests are permitted in the Annex entrance, reserved for graduating seniors only.  No guests are permitted in the back entrance of the gymnasium.
  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
  • All guests will be seated on the main floor of the College Avenue Gymnasium.
  • If you have a guest requiring handicapped seating due to wheelchair use, walker use, the use of a breathing apparatus/oxygen tank, or is deaf, graduates must include this information on the RSVP Form. There will be handicapped seating on a first come, first served basis. The individual requiring handicap seating is allowed 1 guest to accompany them: all other guests of the graduate must sit in the general audience seating areas. When a guest requiring handicap seating arrives to the College Avenue Gymnasium, he/she must check in with a staff member at the entrance doors of the gym.  A staff member will seat all guests requiring handicapped seating.
  • There is no separate parking available for handicapped guests. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the College Avenue Gymnasium, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.

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  • There will be a bag check upon entering College Avenue Gymnasium for all guests—no exceptions. Glass bottles are not permitted. No open beverage containers are permitted. Only water bottles with a tight lid are permissible.
  • Balloons are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated.
  • Noise makers of any kind are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated.
  • Strollers are allowed, but must be left in the lobby before entering the gym area during the event. Rutgers and the Program in Criminal Justice are not responsible for any theft or loss of items left unattended.

Suggested Parking

  • Lot 30 behind the College Avenue Gymnasium
  • College Avenue Parking Deck
  • There is no need to obtain a Commencement parking pass for this event. Parking passes are only necessary for events held on Sunday (day of the main School of Arts and Sciences ceremony).
  • There is no separate parking available for handicapped guests. Guests with mobility issues may be dropped off at the front entrance to the College Avenue Gym, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.

Photographs

  • GradImages is the official photographer for commencement and senior ceremonies at Rutgers. Proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit www.gradimages.com.  Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail.  If you have any questions, please contact Customer Services at 800-261-2576 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Registering your information with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in your accomplishment.
  • Photographers from GradImages will be present at the C.J. Senior Recognition Ceremony to take photographs during the ceremony, and will take a few photographs of each graduate as he/she walks across the stage when his/her name is called.
  • In order to notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Your information is never shared and privacy is guaranteed. Pre-registering is simply a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages, so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save $5 off any order of $25 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://GradImages.com/Preregistration.

 

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  • Students receiving top marks in the requirements to complete the Criminal Justice major are eligible to receive honors. C.J. honors are calculated based on courses that count toward the Criminal Justice major only—these honors are separate from S.A.S. honors.
  • Students who receive a major GPA of 3.57 to 3.76 qualify for Honors in the major.
  • Students who receive a major GPA of 3.77 to 3.99 qualify for High Honors.
  • Students who receive a major GPA of 4.0 qualify for Highest Honors.
  • The Program in Criminal Justice offers the Albert Roberts Scholar Award to those students with outstanding and uncommon academic performance. In order to qualify for this award, students must receive a minimum 3.8 GPA in the major. This award remembers longtime faculty member Dr. Al Roberts, a scholar of victimology who had exemplary commitment to undergraduate education.

 

 

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General Commencement Information for School of Arts and Sciences Students

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Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 3:00pm

High Points Solutions Stadium

Busch Campus

http://convocation.sas.rutgers.edu
 

This year an integrated commencement ceremony for all School of Arts and Sciences departments will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  We encourage everyone to attend the S.A.S. event, which will be held at 3:00pm at the High Points Solutions Stadium on Busch Campus.  More information can be found at http://convocation.sas.rutgers.edu.

Diplomas

  • Actual conferred diplomas will be mailed after commencement to your address. Students are asked to be certain that their address on record is accurate. Changes can be made at the Registrar’s Office.
  • Diplomas dated with a May conferral date will be delivered throughout summer. There is an option for graduates to physically pick up their diploma from the Registrar’s Office, but must be requested in advance.
  • Diplomas and Official Transcripts will be withheld from all students whose financial accounts and debts (including tuition, housing, parking, and library) are not cleared.
  • More information about diplomas and degrees can be found down below in the next section.

Honors and Awards

  • Students receiving top marks in the requirements to complete the Criminal Justice major are eligible to receive honors. C.J. honors are calculated based on courses that count toward the Criminal Justice major only—these honors are separate from S.A.S. honors. 
  • Students will receive honors cords and stoles during the C.J. Senior Recognition Ceremony.  Students will be able to wear their cords with their regalia at the S.A.S. commencement ceremony, as well as the main Rutgers University commencement ceremony.

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Senior Year Information

Senior year is a very busy time for most students, and is filled with deadlines, dates, tasks, requirements, and appointments. It can be very easy for students to become overwhelmed or to possibly miss deadlines. Seniors should read through this section very carefully to ensure that they have filled out all the necessary paperwork, completed all the necessary registrations, and met all the deadlines in a timely manner.

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Graduation Information

  • Your review for graduation and certification by your major(s)/minor(s) departments is determined by the year and month you have declared within the senior database and must be updated as necessary.
  • You can find your declared year and month here.
  • You will be asked to verify your graduation date on record in the fall and spring semesters. It is up to you to monitor this information and to change it as necessary. Keep in mind that there are deadlines to changing your graduation date.
  • Your graduation date should be firmly declared by the end of the semester before you plan to graduate.
  • Changes can be made online at myGradDate.

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  • All students with a declared senior year graduation date are automatically subscribed to the Senior Class Sakai site. Adjust your Sakai preferences to include this site as an easily accessible tab on your Sakai home page. Also, make sure that Sakai has your current and most-used email address so that when messages and information are emailed to the list, you receive them.
  • Announcements are posted to the Sakai site regularly for important information, deadlines, procedures, etc.
  • You can also find several resources and website links in the Sakai site to help you transition from undergraduate life to graduate school, employment, and life “beyond Rutgers.”

It is highly encouraged that as a graduating senior you consider adding your email to the C.J. Announcements email list to receive email notifications when there are updates to the website regarding job postings, career information, internship postings, etc.  It is also a great way to keep in touch with the department as well.  Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your permanent email address.

Senior Advising

  • Seniors should be sure to seek advising from various sources. All seniors should check in at the beginning of the fall semester, and at the very least the beginning of the spring semester preceding commencement with the following individuals:
    • A general academic advisor to ensure that you are on track with CORE’s and general S.A.S. requirements.
    • The department academic advisor or Undergraduate Director for your major(s) to ensure that you have or will have completed all major requirements.
    • The department academic advisor or Undergraduate Director for your minor(s) to ensure that you have or will have completed all minor requirements.
  • Students should seek information only from authorized individuals. General academic advisors can be found at any of the SAS Advising Centers located on each campus.
  • Always get everything in writing, especially if something is out of the ordinary, such as a substituted course or a transfer course, etc. It’s also a good idea to write down the name and contact information of anyone who provides you with academic advising information.
  • When in doubt, double-check!

At any time during your senior year you are welcome--and, in fact, encouraged--to check in with the C.J. office to find out where you stand with your C.J. major progress.  In order to schedule an advising appointment to find out your major progress, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Be sure to include your full name and your RU ID.  We will complete an official senior certification in the months preceding your official graduation date.

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  • All students have access to Degree Navigator and should check it out regularly with the understanding that Degree Navigator is not absolute and is not the basis for your senior certification nor does it substitute speaking to an academic advisor.
  • Degree Navigator has to be manually told what to do with transfer courses, courses taken at Newark or Camden, and courses approved as exceptions, and this is something that only an academic advisor can do.
  • All academic advisers in the SAS Office of Academic Services can answer general questions about your academic status and help you develop an academic plan to graduate. However, if you have a specific issue regarding missing degree credits, incomplete term registration, ineligibility to declare your intended major, planning to register elsewhere in your final term, or other mitigating circumstances that affect tracking your graduation you should speak to Dean Spear, Dean Brill, or Dean Bruning in the SAS Office for Seniors. You can schedule an appointment by calling 848-445-8888.
  • If you have general questions, you can contact the Senior Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The staff members are:
    • Betty Spear, Assistant Dean and Director
    • Tamar Kieval Brill, Assistant Dean
    • Adrian Bruning, Assistant Dean
    • Rosalie Green, Senior Administrative Assistant

Degree and Diploma

  • Traditional students must maintain full-time status and register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester and a maximum of 20.5 credits per semester. If you require less than 12 credits to complete your degree in your final semester, you may be eligible to apply for an exception to the minimum credit load. Click here for more information.
  • Degree requires a minimum of 120 credits completed.
  • Students must complete one major and one minor. Students completing a “credit intensive” major are excused from completing a minor. Additionally, students completing 2 or more majors are excused from completing a minor. Students who do not complete their second major in time for graduation may drop the major to a minor as long as the department offers a minor. Click here for a list of all majors and minors.
  • Students must complete all Rutgers Core Curriculum requirements. You may use Degree Navigator or talk with a general S.A.S. academic advisor to verify your progress.
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    • Students may not receive credit for a course that goes backwards in a sequence. For example, a student who has received AP credit for Calculus may not subsequently earn credit at Rutgers for pre-Calculus.
    • Students may receive credits only one time per course. For example, if you repeat a course where you have received a grade of “F” in order to improve your grade, you only earn credits for that repeated course once (and not twice). See the policy on Repeating Courses. It is your responsibility to keep an eye on your transcript and make sure the actual credits earned total 120.
    • Courses with an “E” prefix do not count towards graduation credits. These include but are not limited to: Algebra and other remedial math courses, pre-Calculus I and II workshops, writing center (01:355:099), and courses taken while enrolled that satisfy outstanding admissions conditions.
  • Satisfactory Academic Standing:
    • Students must have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA for graduation.
    • Students need to check to make sure they have earned the minimum GPA for their major(s) and minor(s).
    • Seniors must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the spring semester (even if they are not completing their degree in May) in order to avoid being academically dismissed.
  • Senior Year Residency Requirement
    • 30 of the final 42 credits earned must be taken on the New Brunswick campus at Rutgers. Courses that carry New Brunswick course numbers—even if offered off-site—are included in the senior year residency. Students who transfer from outside Rutgers or from Newark or Camden must complete their final 30 credits in New Brunswick as a member of one of the New Brunswick degree-granting units.
  • Diploma Information:
    • Students earn 1 degree and 1 diploma regardless of the number of undergraduate majors or credits completed.
    • Most programs of study lead to a B.A. degree. B.S. degrees are granted to majors in Accounting, Evolutionary Anthropology, Astrophysics, Exercise Science, Finance, Geological Sciences, Management, Marine Sciences, Marketing, Microbiology, and Public Health. Both B.A. and B.S. options exist in Computer Science, Physics, and some of the acceptable SEBS majors.
    • If a student is pursuing two majors that offer different degrees (one major offers a B.A. and one major offers a B.S.), the degree and diploma will reflect the conditions of the first major.
    • The diploma lists the degree granting school and the degree earned (either B.A. or B.S.), but does not list major(s). College honors are noted on the diploma, but major(s) honors are not.
    • Diplomas are withheld from students who have financial or personal obligations to the university. Similarly, diplomas and official transcripts are withheld from all students whose financial accounts and debts (including tuition, housing, parking, and library) are not cleared.
    • Students must provide diploma information in their final semester to the Registrar’s Online Diploma System according to the final schedule:
      • January candidates: October 1st – January 15th
      • May candidates: February 1st – May 15th
      • October candidates: June 1st – September 15th
    • Your final transcript with the degree posted on there is the official documentation of your graduation. In extenuating circumstances when a student needs immediate proof of graduation, you may contact the Office for Seniors and they will provide one verification letter, which will be mailed or emailed directly to the third party.
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    • NO DIPLOMAS ARE DISTRIBUTED AT COMMENCEMENT. All diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately two months after graduation to the permanent address listed in the Rutgers database as of June 1st (the system where students file for their diploma). If your address changes after commencement, please be sure to update it at: https://personalinfo.rutgers.edu. This is the student’s responsibility, and the University is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur in transit via U.S. Postal Service for mailed diplomas.
    • All graduates MUST complete the Diploma Mailing Request Form in order to receive their diploma. Fill out the form and then either mail or fax it before June 1st. The fax number is (732-445-4328) and the address is Undergraduate Registrar’s Office; ASB, Room 200B; 65 Davidson Road; Busch Campus; Piscataway, NJ 08854.
    • All graduates who prefer to pick up their diploma in person may do so by checking off “pick-up” on the above Diploma Mailing Request Form to avoid having the diploma mailed. Diplomas can be picked up directly at the Registrar’s Office on Busch campus.
    • Degrees are processed according to the approximate dates below:
        January Degree May Degree October Degree
      Graduation status determined by: January 20 June 1 October 1
      Degree posted on transcript by: February 15 June 30 October 15
      Diploma distributed by: March 31 August 1 December 15
    • Please direct all diploma questions to the Office of the New Brunswick Undergraduate Registrar to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be sure to include your RU ID, your school/college affiliation, and your intended graduation month/year. N.B. This is for New Brunswick undergraduate students only.

 

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