Celebrating Your Day

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Convocation is a special day for you and your families and to help you celebrate we have compiled an assortment of materials and activities to help make the day special. 



Share this invitation with family and friends via your personal email. The invitation includes information for both the School of Engineering convocation and Rutgers University-New Brunswick's commencement ceremonies.

The links are active, connecting your invitees directly to the virtual platforms for each event.





Virtual Swag Bag

We've put together a virtual collection of materials to help you celebrate the day. From gifs to yard signs to a Spotify playlist, you'll find everything you need to celebrate like only a Scarlet Knight can. Share with your family, friends, and fans! PRO TIP: If you're posting a story on Instagram, you can find SoE stickers by typing “SoE2021" in the story's search bar. If you're looking for SoE gifs on various platforms, search for "Rutgers_SoE"

Social Media Countdown Challenge May 10-14

  • All graduates are eligible to participate, and all posts must be public
  • Tag us in each challenge with the hashtag of the day. Find the hashtag in the challenge description.
  • One entry submitted via the SOE social media channels will be selected per challenge.
  • Daily prizes.
  • If you haven't already, follow us on all of the SOE social media platforms -- Facebook, Instagram and Twitter -- to stay connected!


Monday May, 10, 2021 RU Spirit Day: Post a photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook from a time on campus, tag us #SoESpirit2021

Tuesday May 11, 2021 Create a post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using items from the Virtual Swag Bag, tag us #SoESwag2021

Wednesday May 12, 2021 Decorate your cap and create another memory in one of the categories below, tag us #MySoEcap2021image_handler.aspx.jpg

  • RUSoE Pride
  • RU Pride
  • RUSoE Affiliation (academic department, student group or organization, etc.)

Thursday May 13, 2021 Appreciation Day: Post a photo of you holding a sign of congratulations to your fellow classmates or a thank you to a family member, professor, or dean (i.e. I DID IT MOM AND DAD THANK YOU!, see printable signs above) tag us #SoEIDIDIT

Friday May 14, 2021 Big Day Celebrations: Create a TIK TOK video of your home celebrations and tag us #SoEBIGDAY #rutgers_engineering. Feel free to incorporate any viral challenges/trends in your TikTok, or use your own creativity to make the video.

Party Checklist

  • Invite your friends and family to your celebration, click on the electronic invitation to download and email to your guests. Please note that the link on the invitation will be LIVE on May 14th, at 4 p.m.
  • Have your friends and family RSVP to our Facebook Event and book mark our convocation web page (Live ONLY on May 14th @ 4 p.m.)
  • Complete today’s social media challenge for a chance to win some RU Swag! Use the social media stickers on your posts.
  • Who goes to a party without snacks? Make sure to stock up on your favorite snacks!
  • Mocktails or cocktails - Create your special drink
  • Decorate:
    • Print out some signs
    • Get balloons, banners, confetti
  • Cue up the Spotify Playlist
  • How are you going to stream? Test your connection
  • Set up your screen to play on a large television for better viewing
  • Set up your Zoom or Webex call
  • Add a graduation Zoom background to your device

Host a Zoom WATCH PARTY on Convocation Day

Through video conferencing software like Zoom, or WebEx you can invite dozens of friends and family to join you as you tune in to our virtual Facebook launch party where we will celebrate this years graduates on May 14 at 4 p.m.

Step 1  Access Zoom
Make sure you and anyone you want to invite has access to the Zoom video conferencing software. Zoom can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux computers as well as Apple and Android phones.
TIP: Rutgers SoE students, faculty and staff already have access to Zoom through their Rutgers NetID, and SoE themed Zoom backgrounds are available.
Step 2  Schedule Your Party 
From the Zoom application on your computer or app on your phone, click the "Schedule" button and fill in the appropriate information.
TIP: Make sure you give yourself time before and after the Convocation ceremony by setting the meeting to start at 3:30 p.m. CST and end after 6 p.m. CST.
Step 3  Invite People to Your Party
Once the meeting information is completed and submitted, you will be prompted to invite attendees. You can use everything from email to SMS texting to directly invite guests, or just copy the Zoom link to share through social media.
TIP: Invited guests don't need to have access to Zoom to participate by phone; however, they will not be able to share your video screen to watch the commencement ceremony.
Step 4  Host Your Watch Party
Once people start arriving, access FACEBOOK Watch Party and get ready to watch the ceremony. Use the "Share Your Screen" function in Zoom to trigger a pop-up that will have you select which screen you want to share. Be sure to tap on the window that has the Convocation stream on it and don't forget to use our Zoom backgrounds to share your Rutgers SoE Spirit!
TIP: You can keep track of your guests with the "Participants" button and chat with one or more people through the "Chat" button - even while sharing your screen.