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Commencement Decorum

The Commencement Ceremony is a dignified academic event that recognizes the achievements of our graduates and honorees. Students who choose to participate in Commencement are asked to observe the following guidelines.

  • Graduates must return to the seating area after receiving their degrees. Out of respect for all students being recognized, participants are required to remain for the entire ceremony. The conferral of degrees is a lengthy part of our program, and it is imperative that consideration be extended until the final student receives his/her degree. If you choose to participate, you are expected to remain until the recessional.
  • All cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Noise-making devices are prohibited in the OceanFirst Bank Center, as are any objects that would detract from the formality of the event.
  • Applause should be held until all students have received their degrees. Names will be read quickly, and it is important that every name is heard.

The points listed above are meant to ensure that our graduates and guests have the most enjoyable day possible.

Certified Electronic Diploma Distribution

We are pleased to now 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 two weeks after the conferral date, provided all university obligations are met.

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.

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