New Student Convocation – the university’s official welcome for new first-year and transfer students – will be a reimagined event this year named “Through the Gates” themed around the Knight’s Call values. It will be a spirited, prideful program featuring remarks by the Chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Christopher J. Molloy, education on many of Rutgers’ traditions, performances by a wide variety of student groups, and messaging around community expectations for our newest Scarlet Knights. The event will take place in the Rutgers Athletics Center on Thursday, August 29 at 5:30PM. Following Convocation, students will enjoy an outdoor carnival-inspired event where they can win prizes, play boardwalk games, compete in laser tag, eat dinner, and so much more. Convocation and Scarlet Carnivalé are for first-year students and new transfer students ONLY.

Schedule Overview

  • 4:30PM-5:30PM: Student arrival at the RAC
  • 5:30PM-6:30PM: Convocation: Through the Gates at the RAC
  • 6:30PM-10PM: Scarlet Carnivalé and Dinner on Henry’s Field located between the RAC and the Livingston Student Center

Before You Leave Your Hall Or Home

  • Students are encouraged to bring a light jacket or sweatshirt since the event lasts until 10PM

Entering the RAC And Convocation

  • Students will sit with their residence hall or with their commuter reception group
  • Staff members in red Convocation t-shirts will provide seating assistance
  • Bottled water will be provided at the RAC; restrooms are located in the RAC lobby
  • Immediately following Convocation students will exit the RAC for Scarlet Carnivale

Eating Dinner At Carnivale

  • Dinner is provided for all first year and transfer students who attend Convocation
  • Students with meal plans will have one meal swipe manually deducted from their plan
  • Students requiring a meal accommodation will be served from tables with a red cloth

Busses Back to Other Campuses Following Scarlet Carnivale

  • Students will get back on busses to return to their respective campuses
    • Cook/Douglass = from the Livingston Student Center bus stop
    • College Avenue/Busch = from Lot 101 (behind Carr Library)
    • Busses back to the other campuses will begin running at 8PM and will run until 10:30PM

In Case of Rain

  • Convocation will still take place at the RAC
  • Students will be bussed back to their campus immediately following Convocation
    • Cook/Douglass = from the Green Lot
    • College Avenue/Busch = from Rockafeller Road
  • All Dining Halls will be open until 9PM and students should eat on the campus where they live
    • RUID will be required for meal swipe
    • Commuter students will be provided meal tickets and will eat at the Livingston Dining Commons
  • Carnivale activities will be relocated to Busch Student Center, Cook Student Center, Livingston Student Center, and College Avenue Gym from 7PM-10PM