Congratulations, Graduating Douglass Seniors!

The 2019 Douglass Convocation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM on Antilles Field.

You are among the most important people who will be there. You can find all Douglass Convocation information below:


2019 Douglass Convocation Speaker: Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver

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Sheila Y. Oliver took the oath of office as New Jersey’s 2nd Lieutenant Governor on January 16, 2018. She is the first woman of color to serve in statewide elected office in New Jersey history. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs by Governor Phil Murphy.

Lt. Governor Oliver is a 40-year resident of East Orange, and a native of Newark.

First elected to the General Assembly in 2003, she became Speaker in 2010 – the first African-American woman in state history to serve as such, and just the second in the nation’s history to lead a state legislative house.

She has chaired the Assembly Human Services Committee, and served on the Labor, Higher Education, Women and Children, Commerce and Economic Development, and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees. She also sat on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Prior to her election to the General Assembly, she served as an Essex County Freeholder, from 1996 to 1999, and was a member of the East Orange Board of Education. She also served as an Assistant County Administrator for Essex County from 2000 until 2018.

An alumna of Newark’s Weequahic High School, she went on to graduate cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Lt. Governor Oliver holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University and has received honorary doctorates of humane letters from both Lincoln and Montclair Universities, in addition to Berkeley and Essex County College.

Lt. Governor Oliver began her career in public service as the Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects for the City of Newark, where she focused on preparing young people ages 14 to 21 for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce. She later became the Development Director for The Newark Literacy Campaign while working at Caldwell College as the Coordinator of Career Guidance within the Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

She has taught college courses in Achievement Motivation, Non-Profit Management, and Pre-College Preparation, served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit organizations, and spent several years as the Director of the Essex County Division of Community Action, an anti-poverty initiative. 

Lt. Governor Oliver has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees, the United Way, the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods, the Newark Collaboration Group, the Rutgers-Newark Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Council, the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative of NJ, the Essex County and East Orange Committees on the Status of Women, Programs for Parents, and a number of other community-based entities. She has held memberships in the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

Lt. Governor Oliver has received numerous accolades and awards from organizations across the country honoring her life-long public service and advocacy for women’s equality, education and social justice.




Shout Out Days

Hot Day Day
College Avenue Student Center
(4/18/2019 Rain Date)
Rutgers Day
Voorhees Mall
Rain or Shine


Barnes and Noble Announcements

You can purchase regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, tassels)
from the Rutgers Bookstore.

You can pre-order online from February 15 to March 22, for pick-up beginning April 24. Available to purchase in store starting April 5, 2019.

Grad Fair at the bookstore from April 24-25 from 10:00am-6:00pm where all vendors will participate.


Qualifications for Leadership Cords:

Available for Douglass seniors who have been involved in Douglass and RU student organizations, including:

  • Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program
  • Douglass Arts Advisory Board
  • Douglass Big/Little Program
  • Douglass Black Students Congress
  • Douglass DIVAS
  • Douglass Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors
  • Douglass Friends of UNFPA
  • Douglass Global Ambassadors
  • Douglass Governing Council
  • Douglass Media Team
  • Douglass Not Alone
  • Douglass Orientation Committee
  • DRC- Honors College Collaboration Executive Board
  • Housing Recruitment Committee
  • Douglass Honors College Connection
  • Muslim Feminists for the Arts
  • Peer Academic Leaders
  • Red Pine Ambassadors
  • STEM Ambassadors
  • Douglass Student Recruitment Network
  • Douglass Summer Orientation Leaders
  • Traditional Events Committee
  • The Beehive
  • Women’s Center Coalition
  • Women’s International and Multicultural Assoc. (WIMA)
  • Women Organizing Against Harassment
  • Executive Board member of a Douglass/University Student Organizations, etc.



Parking Directions

  • Parking deck behind the Douglass Student Center
  • Lot 70
  • 69 (Ruth Adams-Douglass Project)
  • 73 (Nicholas Music Hall)
  • 74A (New Gibbons)
  • 79 (Hickman Hall) – Disabled Parking Pass required, and used for handicap drop-off and parking
  • 79A (Hickman Hall)– Disabled Parking Pass required, and used for handicap drop-off and parking

Please note that Rutgers Police will be adding to Waze, Google maps, Apple maps, and TomTom, in real time on graduation days to note any road closures or other issues.