Student Thoughts on Paying Premium Tickets for Rutgers Graduation


By Jenny Kim

Premium tickets are now available for students to purchase for the 248th Rutgers University commencement. For an additional $39.95, families of the upcoming graduates can view commencement from a climate controlled lounge which includes snacks, refreshments, and private bathrooms. Some student thoughts and opinions were expressed during the time of the promotion. According to the Scarlet knights website page, all tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Additional questions regarding the popularity of the purchases were not provided by the ticketing office.

“To me personally when I read the email I quickly disregarded it,” said graduating senior Sandra Bonsu. “It’s crazy how much money we already pay for the graduation caps and gown and to pay extra for fancy seating is out of question.”

Bonsu a theatre arts major, said she wasthankful to have received a great amount of financial aid to cover most ofher tuition from Rutgers, so she understands the value of money.

Other students also agree with Bonsu

“The idea of premium seating is nice but it isn’t quite necessary,” said fifth-year student Gabriela Monje.

Monje, a political science and history major who is staying an extra semester, understands that graduation should be a time to celebrate academic successes and accomplishments.

“I understand that commencement is a time to celebrate your academic growth, paying extra money for commencement doesn’t serve that,” said Monje.

Although some students agree that premium tickets do not serve an ideal appeal, the option of purchasing them is thoughtful for those who don’t mind paying extra for comfort.

The month of May serves a range of weather so hopefully during commencement, families and graduates will enjoy the day to celebrate the academic achievements, regardless of having premium seats or not.

Graduating senior and Human Resource management major Kyrstal Burgess said, “Regardless May 18th, the day of commencement will be a fabulous day to celebrate everyone’s future endeavors and academic accomplishments.”