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Graduate in cap and gown, smiling while she accepts a degree from a member of the faculty, who is wearing a purple and blue doctoral robe.

May 2024 Graduate/Doctoral Commencement

May 8, 2024, 10 a.m.
OceanFirst Bank Center Rain or Shine

Cap and Gown Ordering

Dear Graduate/Degree Candidate,

We are pleased to be holding a Graduate/Doctoral Commencement Ceremony on May 8, 2024, in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Monmouth University’s campus at 10 a.m. to recognize our students who have completed their degree requirements during the Spring 2024 semester. The ceremony will last approximately an hour and 30 minutes.

In order to participate, you will need to order your cap and gown (hood and tassel included) directly through Herff Jones. The site will be open on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, and will close on Friday, March 15, 2024, at midnight. Please place your order as soon as possible. Please check your student email for the link to order your cap and gown. There is no cost to you to order your cap and gown. You will need your cap and gown to participate in your commencement ceremony. 

Graduates will be provided six (6) guest tickets. The ceremony will also be livestreamed. Graduates do not need a ticket. Requests for extra tickets will be addressed in the RSVP email that will go out in March. A link to request extra tickets will be included in the RSVP email. We cannot confirm that there will be extra tickets available. If we do have extra tickets, we will do our best to equally distribute those tickets to our graduates. Also, please remember that guests who want to be on campus and don’t have tickets may watch the live ceremonies on the televisions in the Student Center.

Please continue to check your email for more information as it becomes available.

Congratulations on achieving this important milestone in your life! I look forward to congratulating you in person.


James D. Pillar, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Life

GradImages 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 of $50 or more. 

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