Monmouth University's Spring 2014 Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 1:00 p.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.
Is there a fee for Commencement?There is no fee for Commencement.
How many guest tickets do graduates receive?Graduates are limited to five tickets each. In fairness to all our graduates, additional tickets cannot be released. Guests with tickets will have access to the covered seating area. Guests without tickets will be directed to the lawn area. Weather permitting, the Arts Center will provide seating in this section.
Do children need tickets?If a child is walking, a ticket is needed. Children are not permitted to sit on a lap in lieu of a ticket.
What time do graduates have to be at the Arts Center?Graduates are asked to be at the student lineup by 12:00 p.m. Signs and staff will direct you to this area.
The student procession will begin approximately at 12:45 p.m., guests are asked to be seated by 12:30 p.m.
What time will the gates open at the Arts Center?Gates to the Arts Center will open at 11:00 a.m. Expect heavy traffic leading into the PNC Arts Center on Commencement Day. Please leave ample time to enter the area, park, and report to the student lineup.
How do I get my tickets? Please see the section "Ticket/Announcement Pickup Schedule" for the days and times tickets/announcements will be released.
How and when do I get my cap and gown?Caps and gowns will be distributed on May 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Anacon hall, second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, or at the PNC Arts Center from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Commencement Day. Please see the related section "Cap and Gown Pickup Schedule" for detailed information.
When will I receive my diploma?Diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar from May 29 through June 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Registrar's Office is not open on Saturdays and Sundays. A photo ID is required to receive your diploma. Diplomas not picked up by June 4 will be mailed to your home address. Diploma cases will be distributed on stage to each graduate. Please note that all financial obligations to the University must be completed prior to diplomas being released.
Will a photographer be at Commencement?Yes. GradImages, a professional photography service, will be at Commencement to photograph students as they are recognized on stage. Your proof will be mailed to your home address and sent via e-mail to your student account.
You may pre-register your e-mail address at http://gradimages.com/Preregistration to ensure an accurate address is on file. By pre-registering, you will receive a coupon for $5 off an order of $25 or more.
Are there any accommodations for disabled guests?A platform behind the graduate area has been reserved for guests in wheelchairs/walkers and one person to assist them. Please call the Office of Student Life (732-571-3417) by Monday, May 12, to reserve seating in this area. Please note accommodations are limited.
Is there a rehearsal for graduation?There is no rehearsal for graduation. Detailed instructions will be available at the distribution area for cap and gowns.
Is there a reception following Commencement?The University will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Commencement Day if you would like to return to campus for photographs. Fountains will be on, refreshments will be available, and President Brown would be delighted to meet with you and your guests.
I hope this information has been helpful. If you have any additional questions, please call the Office of Student Life at 732-571-3417.