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Message for Graduates and Degree Candidates

Monmouth University’s Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony 2019, is only a few short months away. With this in mind, I want to take a moment to share some additional information and expectations regarding your participation in the Commencement Ceremony. Participation in the Graduate Student Commencement is limited to students who have completed all their degree requirements in Winter 2019 and Spring 2019.

The Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony will be held at the OceanFirst Bank Center on campus, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. The student processional will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.; guests are asked to be seated by 12:30 p.m. Doors to the OceanFirst Bank Center will open at 11:00 a.m. Admission is by ticket only. Considering the number of graduates and the seating capacity at the OceanFirst Bank Center, each graduate will receive five (5) guest tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket. Please note that the saving of extra seats at Commencement is prohibited. Your cooperation in adhering to this policy is greatly appreciated. Those guests without tickets are welcome to watch the ceremony live on the televisions in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Students participating in the ceremony must complete all obligations to the University prior to May 14, 2019. This includes the return of all equipment, books, and materials belonging to the University and the fulfillment of all financial obligations, such as tuition and fees; parking tickets; fines; including the library. If you feel you have anything outstanding in these areas, please contact the office directly. A complete telephone directory is available on our website.

Finally, all of us realize that Commencement Day is an important occasion for you and your family. It is the culmination of hard work and sacrifice. It is also an important day for the University to publicly recognize and affirm your achievement. Because of this, the University acknowledges students individually at the stage during the conferral of degrees. As I am sure you can appreciate, this is a lengthy but extremely important part of our ceremony. If you choose to participate, you are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony. This is a courtesy that we ask our graduates to extend to one another. Please review the section pertaining to Commencement Decorum when making your decision whether or not to participate in Commencement.

I hope you find this information helpful, and I hope you will be able to join us on May 16, 2019.


Mary Anne Nagy
Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement
Chair, Commencement Committee