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January Commencement – Class of 2022

Save the Date: Friday, January 14, 2022

Snow Date: Saturday, January 15.

Need to RSVP to Participate

Dear Candidates for Graduation,

As you know our Winter Commencement will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 1 p.m. in the OceanFirst Bank Center located on the Monmouth University campus.  By now you should have ordered your cap and gown.  If you have not already ordered your cap and gown, you have until Monday, November 15, 2021, at midnight to place your order through this link:

In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, you need to RSVP to the link provided here.  Please respond whether or not you are planning to attend the ceremony, using this link  

This link opens on Monday, November 8, 2021, and will close at midnight on Friday, December 3.  The link is available 24 hours a day during this time.  You must RSVP in order to receive your four (4) electronic tickets for your guests.  Graduates do not need a ticket.  The ticket link to access your tickets will be emailed to your Monmouth student email a day or two prior to the commencement ceremony so please continue to monitor your email account.

Please note that when you RSVP, there is also a field for you to enter the phonetic spelling of your name so that the reader has a better idea of how to pronounce your name at the ceremony.  You are limited to 50 characters.  Please note that special characters don’t always export to an excel spreadsheet. This is a link to a guide to assist you with your phonetic spelling:

We look forward to seeing you on January 14!


Mary Anne Nagy
Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement
Student Life

Honors and Honor Cords

Undergraduate students who are baccalaureate degree recipients having earned at least fifty-six (56) credits at Monmouth University and have a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.50 will be graduated with honors. This distinction is indicated on the diploma. 

  • Cum Laude: 3.50 – 3.64
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.65 – 3.84
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.85 – 4.00

Academic honor cords may be mailed to your home by the Registrar’s Office prior to the ceremonies or you may pick them up at the ceremony near registration.

Honor society and non-academic honor cords will be distributed by the advisor for each of the relevant organizations. If you are currently a member of such an organization, you should contact your advisor to determine if and when honor cords will be distributed to the graduating members.

Graduate students are not eligible for honor cords unless provided by their specific academic discipline’s honor society.

Grad Images Photography

GradImages, a professional photography service, will be at Commencement to photograph graduates as they are recognized on stage. Your proofs will be sent via e-mail to your student account and mailed to your home address. If you have any questions regarding your proofs, please contact GradImages Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576 or email them at

You may pre-register your e-mail address at to ensure an accurate address is on file. By pre-registering, you will receive a coupon for 20% off your order. 

Certified Electronic Diploma

We are pleased to be able to provide you with a Certified Electronic Diploma! When your Certified Electronic Diploma is ready to be downloaded, you will receive an email with instructions. You will not receive this notification unless all university obligations are met.

We will also mail you a traditional paper diploma approximately 2 weeks after the conferral date, provided all university obligations are met.

Color Representation

The colors you will see in the hoods of our faculty represent the various fields in which the degrees were taken:

  • Apricot – Nursing
  • Brown – Fine Arts
  • Citron – Social Work
  • Crimson – Journalism
  • Dark Blue – Philosophy
  • Golden Yellow – Science
  • Green – Medicine
  • Lemon-Yellow – Library Science
  • Light Blue – Education
  • Orange – Engineering
  • Pink – Music
  • Purple – Law
  • Sage Green – Physical Education
  • Salmon Pink – Public Health
  • Scarlet – Theology
  • Yellow-Brown: Commerce, Business, Accounting
  • White – Arts, Letters, Humanities