How to get tickets for Obama at Rutgers: It won’t be easy
Getting a ticket to attend 2016 Rutgers University commencement - where President Barack Obama will give the keynote address - could prove to be extremely difficult, if not impossible unless you're given a ticket by a graduate.
Rutgers announced Monday that each of the graduates will be given one ticket for themselves as well as three additional tickets each for guests to attend the May 15 commencement at High Point Solutions Stadium on the university's Busch campus in Piscataway.
The university said in a Facebook post Monday that the tickets will all be barcoded and ticketholders will be required to have photo identification, so the tickets will not be transferrable. No one, regardless of age, will be admitted to the commencement without a ticket, according to the university.
"While the limit to three guests at the stadium is a change from past practice, it ensures that every graduating student from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is accommodated," the university said in Monday's statement.
In addition, the university says graduates from both Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden will be given a ticket that will allow them to view the ceremony from inside the stadium. They will not be allowed on the field, and all graduates on the field must wear commencement regalia, according to the school's Facebook post Monday.
Those who aren't able to obtain a ticket to be at High Point Solutions Stadium can still view Obama's address and the commencement ceremony from other locations, including the College Avenue, Livingston, and Busch Student Centers.
Ticket registration hasn't officially opened yet, although students have been able to register for parking passes. Anyone who has registered will also be notified when ticket registration begins, the university said. According to the Rutgers website, registration for parking tags for students is already closed. Rutgers is expecting more than 40,000 people to visit the New Brunswick-area campuses during commencement, according to its website.
Obama will deliver the commencement address to the Rutgers University class of 2016, which will be his final graduation speech as president. The state school is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year,
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