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Frequently Asked Questions (Graduate Commencement)

Monmouth University’s May 2024 Graduate/Doctoral Commencement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 10 a.m. in the OceanFirst Bank Center on campus. As a reminder, the ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

  1. How many guest tickets do graduates receive?
    • Graduates are limited to six (6) guest tickets each. Graduates do not need a ticket.
    • You must RSVP to attend the graduation ceremony in order to receive your tickets. The link to do so was sent to your student email.
  2. How do I get my tickets?
    • Tickets will be available for pickup in the Office of Student Life, second floor, Stafford Student Center, beginning Monday, April 22. You may also pick them up at the Graduation Fair on Thursday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Anacon Hall (second floor of the Student Center). More information on ticket pickup days and times will be sent to the student’s email.
  3. 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. Strollers and carriers are not permitted in accordance with fire safety regulations.
  4. How and when do I get my cap and gown?
    • Cap and gowns need to be ordered via the link sent to your student email. The link opened on Feb. 16, and closed on March 15. Cap and gowns will be available for pickup at the Graduation Fair on Thursday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair, you may pick up your cap and gown in the Monmouth University bookstore beginning Monday, April 29, through to your ceremony. Please note the bookstore’s hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  5. What time do graduates have to be at the ceremony?
    • Graduates are asked to be at the student lineup approximately 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. Signs and staff will direct you to this area.
  6. What time will the doors open for guests?
    • Guests will be permitted to enter the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  7. Will a photographer be at the commencement ceremonies?
    • 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 the GradImages website 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.
  8. When will I receive my diploma?
    • Diplomas will be mailed to your home address by an outside service approximately 3-4 weeks after final grades clear. Diploma cases will be distributed on stage to each graduate. All financial obligations to the University must be satisfied prior to diplomas being released.
  9. Are there any accommodations for disabled guests?
    • ADA Seating: Seating is for the person with a disability and one person to sit with them, if space is available. ADA seating tickets are part of the six (6) allotted to each graduate. When you arrive, please let the people taking your ticket know that you will need ADA seating. Please note accommodations are limited.
    • Disability Parking will be available. You may also drop off near the entrance to the building and then park. Disability parking is limited.
  10. Is there a rehearsal for graduation?
    • There is no rehearsal for graduation. Detailed instructions will be emailed to the student email and will also be posted on the commencement website.
  11. The livestream link for the Graduate/Doctoral ceremony on May 8, 2024, 10 a.m.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have any additional questions, please call the Office of Student Life at 732-571-3417.