Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Convocation

May 16, 2024
3:00 PM
Jersey Mike’s Arena

Livestream starts 2:30pm





Procession Line-up: 2:00pm (Students should arrive by 1:30pm for processing)
Location: Jersey Mike’s Arena, 83 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Valedictorian: Ghenwa Medhat Hassan, PharmD

Class Speaker: Elizabeth Anna Perry, PharmD

Reception to follow ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is graduation?

There are two ceremonies which you may attend. The first is University-wide Commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2024, @ 10:00am in the SHI Stadium. More information can be found at

The other ceremony is the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Convocation. This will take place May 16, 2024 at Jersey Mike’s Arena. Students need to be at JMA no later than 2:00pm for instructions and line up. At this, ceremony all graduates will march and will be called to the stage by name to be hooded and receive their diploma. A professional photographer will be on stage and will take your picture as the Dean hands you your diploma.

Where do my family and I park?
Parking is at JMA parking lot off Hospital Road.

Do I need tickets for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Convocation?
No, tickets or invitations are necessary to attend either ceremony.

If I don’t need tickets why are there invitations available?
Students are eligible to receive souvenir invitations from the School. The invitations are for students who wish to send them to family or

What do I wear and where do I get it?
All candidates are required to wear appropriate academic regalia. Hoods for doctoral candidates will be carried over the right arm. The tassel of the cap is worn on the right side by one who does not yet hold his or her first degree, and on the left if a degree is already held.

Candidates should arrange for purchase of academic regalia through the Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University Bookstore. Barnes and Noble will be hosting a Grad Fair (dates and times TBA).  The order form will be available on the bookstore website listed below (be sure to see the question below regarding hood color):

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers

What color should my hood be?
The hood of your academic regalia should be olive green for pharmacy. When completing the order form from the bookstore, in the field labeled “Degree and Field” we recommend listing “Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D. – hood color olive green)” to prevent confusion with the Ph.D. regalia which has a blue hood.

What about cords?
Students graduating with Highest Honors, High Honors, or Honors may choose to wear a gold cord with their regalia. Students who will graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.160 or above are encouraged to purchase cords early. Honors cords are available at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on a first-come, first-serve basis, but you need to ask for the doctorate honors cord, Members of Rho Chi Honor Society may wear a purple cord; members of PHi Lamda Sigma may wear a green cord. Rho Chi Honor Society members received their cords from the organization when they were inducted. If misplaced, contact Ms. Wilson-Bell. Phi Lambda Sigma members should contact the PLS president.



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