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Is it true there is a two-year waiting list for Kirkpatrick Chapel?

No. The persistent myth that there is a two-year waiting list at Kirkpatrick Chapel may be the result of the fact that reservations are taken up to two years in advance. At present, there are reservations on the calendar through next year, but the entire year is not booked.


Is the chapel air conditioned?

Kirkpatrick Chapel is not air conditioned; however, we do provide fans for the altar area.


Can I have a reception after my ceremony at the chapel?

No. No food or drink are permitted inside of the chapel.

Is the chapel heated?

Yes. The temperature in Kirkpatrick Chapel must be maintained at 70 degrees and above for the preservation of the organ and portraits.

What is the fee to rent Kirkpatrick Chapel?

Events are scheduled in 1.5-hour intervals. The fee for a wedding is $700, for a memorial the cost is $500, and for a baptism the price is $400.

Does the chapel have an officiant?

No. If you are renting Kirkpatrick Chapel for an event, you must provide your own officiant.

May I throw rice at a wedding?

No. The tossing of rice, confetti, flowers, flower petals, or other items is forbidden both inside and outside the facility.

May I use flash photography in the chapel?

Yes. Flash photography is allowed inside and outside the chapel.

When may I decorate the chapel?

Renters may arrange for a florist to decorate the chapel, but the florist will not have access to Kirkpatrick Chapel until the first half hour of the contracted time slot. The florist should provide all flower containers and pedestals. All flowers, decorations, programs, etc. must be removed following the ceremony.

How may I decorate the chapel?

Taping, tacking, stapling, gluing, or otherwise attaching posters, signs, advertisements, and decorations to walls, pillars, or posts inside or outside Kirkpatrick Chapel is not permitted. Rubber bands may be used to attach flowers to the ends of pews. If special decorative items are required for your ceremony related to your religious or cultural traditions, please discuss this with JJ Cooper, the operations manager.

May I use an aisle runner?

Yes, aisle runners are permitted and can usually be purchased from a florist.

How many pews are there in the chapel?

There are 22 pews on either side of the church, 44 total.

What is the capacity of the chapel?

Seating capacity is 440 with a total occupancy rating of 650.


How many parking spaces are in the chapel’s parking lot?

There are 111 regular spaces and four designated accessible spaces. Convenient handicap-accessible parking is located adjacent to the building on a first-come, first-served basis. Appropriate placards or license plates are required.

Are there electrical outlets available in the chapel?

Electrical outlets can be found in either pulpit, on the back wall of the chapel, and just inside the front door.

Is there a sound system in the chapel?

Yes, it includes microphones at the two pulpits, a wireless clip-on microphone, a wireless handheld microphone, and a CD player. There is no extra charge to use this equipment.

Can I visit Kirkpatrick Chapel?

Yes, Kirkpatrick Chapel is available to visit/tour during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm). Please contact JJ Cooper to schedule a visit:

Who are the people in the paintings on the walls of the chapel?

Several paintings adorning the walls portray Rutgers presidents, trustees, and the Kirkpatrick namesake: the oldest among them date back to the 18th century. Some portraits are notable, such as the image of Rutgers trustee John Neilson, which is a replica of an original by John Trumbull, who also painted the iconic image Declaration of Independence, displayed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.