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. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024. 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 2024, May 2024, or August 2024.
We are requiring advanced RSVP for all seniors interested in attending the ceremony. Students must fill out and submit the RSVP Form by Friday, April 12th to
Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
Busch Student Center, MPR
Student Check-In 5:30pm - 5:45pm
Busch Student Center, MPR
RSVP Form Due by Friday, April 12th, 2024
See below for guest ticket information.
- The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00pm, and will conclude at approximately 8:00pm
- Graduates must arrive between 5:15pm and 5:45pm in the Busch Student Center Concourse 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.
- Advanced registration is required by submitting the RSVP Form by Friday, April 12th, 2024 to
- We will NOT be accepting late RSVP's due to limited event space.
- The decision on whether or not we can accept guests will depend on the total number of students who RSVP to the event.
- Doors to the Livingston Hall entrance will open at 5:45pm.
- Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
- 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 Livingston Student Center, 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 will be a bag check upon entering Livingston Student Center 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 Livingston Hall area during the event. Rutgers and the Program in Criminal Justice are not responsible for any theft or loss of items left unattended.
- 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 Livingston Student Center, and the driver can then park in one of the suggested parking lots.
- 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
- 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.
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 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.