The Chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Christopher J. Molloy, will address incoming students and formally welcome all to the Rutgers University community at Convocation on Thursday, August 29, 2019. The event will take place at the Rutgers Athletics Center on the Livingston Campus and features greetings by students and administrators, as well as performances by several performing arts groups, including the Rutgers Glee Club.


Following the ceremony, students will enjoy an outdoor carnival-inspired event where they can win prizes, play boardwalk games, compete in laser tag, sample delicious snacks and drinks, and so much more. Convocation and Scarlet Carnivalé are for first-year students and new transfer students ONLY.


Schedule Overview:

  • 5PM-6PM Pre-convocation activities at RAC
  • 6PM-7PM Formal Convocation ceremony at RAC
  • 7PM-10PM Carnivalé on Henry’s Field located between the RAC and the Livingston Student Center



  • Students will arrive at the RAC grouped by residence hall and will be seated together
  • Groups with a student who has a hearing or visual impairment will be accommodated in reserved sections



  • Each student will receive a bottle of water and bag dinner as they enter the RAC
  • Students with meal plans will have one meal swipe manually deducted from their meal plan for this dinner
  • Meal options are 1) turkey 2) Italian 3) veggie sandwiches; students requiring allergy free/dietary restricted meals should go to the red table cloth for their entree
  • There will be additional free food and drink at Scarlet Carnivalé after Convocation



  • Following Convocation, everyone will attend Carnivalé on the nearby field
    • There will be games, giveaways, activities, inflatables, prizes and free food/drink (including the Knight Wagon and Starbucks truck)
    • Scarlet Carnivalé is open from 7PM until 10PM
  • Students will get back on buses to return to their respective campuses at the following locations:
    • Cook/Douglass = Livingston Student Center bus stop
    • College Avenue/Busch = Lot 101 behind Carr Library
  • Busses back to the other campuses will begin running at 8PM and will run until 11PM