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    May 13, 2016

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Monmouth University's Spring 2016 Commencement will be held on Friday, May 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

    1. Is there a fee for Commencement?
    There is no fee to participate in Commencement.

    2. How many guest tickets do graduates receive?
    Graduates are limited to four (4) tickets each. In fairness to all graduates, additional tickets cannot be released. Guests with tickets will have access to the covered seating area; guests without tickets will be directed to the lawn area. Weather permitting, the Arts Center will provide seating in this section. Graduates do not need a ticket.

    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 are not permitted in the amphitheater in accordance with fire safety regulations.

    4. What time do graduates have to be at the Arts Center?
    Graduates are asked to be at the student lineup by 11:30 a.m. Signs and staff will direct you to this area. The student procession will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m., guests are asked to be seated by 12:00 p.m.

    5. What time will the gates open at the Arts Center?
    Gates to the Arts Center will open at 10:30 a.m. Expect heavy traffic leading into the PNC Arts Center on Commencement Day. Please leave ample time to enter the area, park, and report to the student lineup.

    6. How do I get my tickets?
    Please see the section Ticket/Announcement Pickup Schedule for the days and times tickets/announcements will be released.

    7. How and when do I get my cap and gown?
    Cap and gowns will be distributed on Thursday, May 12 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Anacon Hall, 2nd floor of the Student Center, or at the Arts Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Commencement Day.

    8. When will I receive my diploma?
    Diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar from Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, June 1.  Please note that the Office of the Registrar will be closed on Monday, May 30th.  A photo ID is required to receive your diploma. Diplomas not picked up by June 2nd will be mailed to your home address by certified mail. Diploma cases will be distributed on stage to each graduate.  Please note that all financial obligations to the University must be completed prior to diplomas being released.

    9. Will a photographer be at Commencement?
    Yes. GradImages, a professional photography service, will be at Commencement to photograph students as they are recognized on stage. Your proof will be mailed to your home address and sent via e-mail to your student account. 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 $5 off an order of $25 or more.

    10. Are there any accommodations for disabled guests?
    SEATING: A platform behind the graduate area has been reserved for guests in wheelchairs/walkers and one person to assist them. Please call the Office of Student Life (732-571-3417) by Monday, May 4, to reserve seating in this area. Please note: Accommodations are limited.
    PARKING: ADA parking is available at the Arts Center for those with a disabled parking placard or plate. If this area is full, guests may be dropped off at the entrance to the Arts Center.

    11. Is there a rehearsal for graduation?
    There is no rehearsal for graduation. Detailed instructions will be available at the distribution area for cap and gowns.

    12. Is there a reception following Commencement?
    The University will remain open until 6:00 p.m. on Commencement Day if you would like to return to campus for photographs. Fountains will be on, refreshments will be available, and President Brown would be delighted to meet with you and your guests.

    If you have any additional questions, please call the Office of Student Life at 732-571-3417.