October 27, 2016

On November 10, Ring In Our 250th with Guest Lectures, Cupcakes, Fireworks, and More

From thought-provoking lectures and seminars to cupcakes and fireworks, we're celebrating Rutgers’ 250th Birthday in many ways. Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will mark the day with their own unique celebrations among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. Be sure to join in.

Old Queens Bell Donated by Henry Rutgers

Rutgers Turns 250 on November 10

Rutgers Scarlet Fire(TM) dogwood tree

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

See Fireworks during Rutgers 250th Birthday

Rutgers Shield

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.–5 p.m. • Attend A Day of Revolutionary Thinking, a universitywide showcase of alumni expertise and knowledge. Accomplished graduates—designated as Rutgers 250 Fellows—return to campus to present new ideas, discoveries, and practices that are shaping the world. Among the topics: Fighting Ebola on the Frontlines, From Black Holes to Dark Energy, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rutgers, and The Magic and Science of Cooking. Presentations are open to the university community and the public but seating is limited, so register today for the presentations you want to see.

View the full listing of speakers and presentations here.


12–3 p.m. • Enjoy a birthday cupcake.

  • Rutgers University–Newark locations include 1 Washington Street, Paul Robeson Campus Center, and Stonsby Commons.
  • Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations include all dining facilities and student centers in New Brunswick and Piscataway.
  • Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences locations include Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Teaching Labs in Piscataway, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey Medical School and Stanley Bergen Buildings in Newark, and School of Health Professions facilities in Scotch Plains and Stratford.

12:45 p.m. • At Rutgers University–Camden, join Chancellor Phoebe Haddon for birthday cake and refreshments during Annual Charter Day festivities in the Camden Campus Center, Main Lounge.

2:50 p.m. • At Old Queens, Rutgers' original campus, hear the Old Queens Bell—and other bells in our host communities—toll for 250 seconds to mark the milestone birthday. Also, see Rutgers ROTC members ceremoniously raise a commemorative American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol and was given to Rutgers by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. Then witness the planting of a Rutgers 250 All-Star Variety Dogwood tree on the Old Queens lawn.

4 p.m. • The Rutgers 250 Birthday Celebration at Deiner Park in New Brunswick is hosted by the Division of Student Affairs, with music, entertainment, food, and giveaways. Learn more.

Sunset • See landmarks awash in scarlet, including Old Queens in New Brunswick, the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center in Piscataway, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden, and more.

5 p.m. • The Student Birthday Celebration at the Golden Dome Athletic Center and tennis court in Newark is hosted by the Chancellor’s Office, with music, refreshments, and giveaways.

6 p.m. • Fireworks light the night sky. Best viewing locations:

  • Camden: Gateway and quad across from 330 Cooper Street
  • Newark: Golden Dome Athletic Center and tennis court in view of Bradley Hall; upper floors of Stanley Bergen Building
  • New Brunswick: Deiner Park, accessible via George Street; points with a view of the skyline above the Raritan; on the big screen at The Yard on College Avenue.
  • Can't view the fireworks in person? Watch the fireworks for all locations online at livestream.com/rutgersitv/Rutgers250Fireworks.

Visit 250.rutgers.edu/birthday for details.