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Commencement

Summer Commencement, August 28, 2018

Summer Commencement

August 28, 2018, 3:00 pm
Pollak Theatre

Monmouth University welcomes all students who complete their degrees this July and August to participate in its Summer Commencement ceremony.

  1. CAP & GOWNS: The cap, gown, and hood you picked up today are yours to keep.  You have been given a card with your name, the degree you are earning, your school, and a number on it.  It is critical that you bring this card with you to the Commencement Ceremony.  It will be used for student lineup and handed to the reader to have your name announced on stage.  You will receive your diploma on stage if all financial obligations have been satisfied by 5pm on Monday, August 27, 2018. 
  2. TASSELS: Undergraduate students (bachelor’s degree) should wear their tassels on the right side of their caps.  Graduate students have already graduated (with a bachelor’s degree) and should wear tassels on the left side of their caps throughout the ceremony.
  3. ASSEMBLY AREA: Report to the student assembly area in the Atrium of the Science Building (E201) by 2:30pm on Commencement Day.  Look for signs indicating where your school is assembling.  University personnel will assist you in lining up.
  4. PROCESSIONAL: When forming the processional, you will be instructed to line up in numerical order according to the card you received at cap and gown pickup.  It is imperative that you line up according to the card you were given as you will be receiving your diploma on stage.  Any change in the lineup will result in your not receiving the correct diploma.  Staff will be there to assist you.  SAVE YOUR CARD.  You will hand it to the announcer during the ceremony and your name will be read.  When taking your seat, be sure to sit directly next to the person preceding you.
    The line of march will be as follows:  Faculty Marshals, Faculty, Administrators, and graduates.
  5. CONFERRAL OF DEGREES: Degrees will be awarded by school.  The Dean of each school will ask candidates to come forward and be recognized.  The President will then say, “…I confer upon you the degree you have earned, with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto.”  AT THAT TIME:
  • The school will come to the stage. Each graduate will hand the announcer his/her card with name-side up.  Tell the announcer your full name to ensure correct pronunciation.
  • As the announcer reads your name, move to the Dean of your school, shake his/her hand, move to Provost Moriarty to receive your diploma, then to President Dimenna, and Michael Plodwick, Chairman of the Board of Trustees to shake their hands.
  • Walk down the steps opposite the steps you walked up. Staff will direct you.  Please note that you may not be returning to the same seat.  You will, however, return to the same row.
  • Be sure to sit in the seat directly next to the person preceding you.
  • STUDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST RETURN TO THE SEATING AREA AFTER LEAVING THE STAGE. OUT OF RESPECT FOR ALL STUDENTS BEING RECOGNIZED, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO REMAIN UNTIL THE FACULTY AND THE PLATFORM PARTY HAVE RECESSED FROM THE AREA
  1. GUESTS: Guests are requested to take their seats prior to 2:30pm and to remain seated until the faculty and platform party have left the area at the conclusion of the ceremony.  Each student will receive four (4) tickets for guests.  No one will be admitted to the seating area without a ticket.  Doors to Pollak Theatre will open at 1:30pm.  For guests without tickets, the ceremony will be streamed live on the Commencement website (www.monmouth.edu/commencement) and on the televisions in the Stafford Student Center on campus.
  2. DIPLOMAS:  Diplomas and diploma cases will be distributed on stage to each graduate.  Diplomas will only be released if all financial obligations to the University are completed by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018.  Please check to make sure all obligations are completed as exceptions will not be made.  Any diplomas not picked up that day may be picked up in the Office of the Registrar between Wednesday, August 29, and Friday, August 31, during normal business hours (8:45am – 5pm).  A photo ID will be required.  Diplomas not picked up by the end of business on August 31, 2018, will be mailed to your home address by certified mail on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
  3. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: A professional photographer, GradImages, will be on hand to photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma.  Proofs will be mailed to your home address.
  4. POST COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION: Graduates and their guests are invited to attend a post commencement reception on Torcivia Common adjacent to Bey Hall and Pozycki Hall (rain site is Wilson Hall).  Light refreshments will be available.
  1. REMINDERS:
  • Expect traffic leading into the University on Commencement Day. Please leave ample time to enter campus, park, and report to the graduate assembly area.
  • Please turn off all cell phones for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Air horns, noise-making devices and any objects that would detract from the formality of the event are prohibited.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on campus in any area and will be confiscated.

 

Caps & Gowns

Ordering

Cap and gown orders must be placed online through WebAdvisor under the heading “Graduation” from Monday, July 2, through Wednesday, August 1. Please note that orders must be received by midnight Wednesday, August 1, 2018; otherwise, we cannot guarantee that a cap and gown will be available for you.

Pickup

Caps and gowns may be picked up on the following dates and times. Photo ID is required when picking up your cap and gown.

Date Time Location
August 27 (Monday) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stafford Student Center, 2nd Floor
August 28 (Tuesday) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Stafford Student Center, 2nd Floor

 

Announcement & Ticket Pickup

Announcements/Tickets may be picked up in the Office of Student Life (2nd floor of the Student Center) on the dates and times listed below. Announcements/Tickets Only (not Caps and Gowns).

Date Time
August 6 (Monday) 8:45 am – 7:45 pm
August 7 (Tuesday) 8:45 am – 7:45 pm
August 8 (Wednesday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 9 (Thursday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 10 (Friday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 13 (Monday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 14 (Tuesday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 15 (Wednesday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 16 (Thursday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 17 (Friday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 20 (Monday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 21 (Tuesday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 22 (Wednesday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 23 (Thursday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 24 (Friday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 27 (Monday) 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
August 28 (Tuesday) 8:45 am – 2:00 pm

Each graduate will receive four (4) guest tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket. Those without tickets are welcome to view the ceremony on the televisions in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Please note: If a child is able to walk, they will need a ticket. In accordance with fire safety regulations, strollers are not permitted in the theater.

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

 

Honors and Honor Cords

Undergraduate students who are baccalaureate degree recipients having earned at least fifty-six (56) credits at Monmouth University and have a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.50 will be graduated with honors. This distinction is indicated on the diploma. Academic honor cords, to be worn at Commencement, will be distributed to students with their cap and gown.

Cum Laude: 3.50 – 3.64
Magna Cum Laude: 3.65 – 3.84
Summa Cum Laude: 3.85 – 4.00

Honor society and non-academic honor cords will be distributed by the advisor for each of the relevant organizations. If you are currently a member of such an organization, you should contact your advisor to determine if and when honor cords will be distributed to the graduating members.

Graduate students are not eligible for honor cords unless provided by their specific academic discipline’s honor society.

Color Representation

The colors you will see in the hoods of our faculty represent the various fields in which the degrees were taken:

apricot_bulletApricot – Nursing

orange_bulletOrange – Engineering

brown_bulletBrown – Fine Arts

pink_bulletPink – Music

citron_bulletCitron – Social Work

purple_bulletPurple – Law

crimson_bulletCrimson – Journalism

sage_bulletSage Green – Physical Education

darkblue_bulletDark Blue – Philosophy

salmon_bulletSalmon Pink – Public Health

goldenyellow_bulletGolden Yellow – Science

scarlet_bulletScarlet – Theology

green_bulletGreen – Medicine

yellowbrown_bulletYellow-Brown: Commerce, Business, Accounting

lemonyellow_bulletLemon-Yellow – Library Science

whiteblack_bulletWhite – Arts, Letters, Humanities

lightblue_bulletLight Blue – Education

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 an important 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.
  • If you are making dinner reservations, it is suggested they be made no earlier than 5:30 p.m.
  • All cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Noise-making devices are prohibited, 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Monmouth University’s Summer 2018 Commencement will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in Pollak Theatre on campus.

Is there a fee for Commencement?
There is no fee to participate in Commencement.
How many guest tickets do graduates receive?
Graduates are limited to four (4) tickets each. Graduates do not need a ticket.
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 theater in accordance with fire safety regulations.
What time do graduates have to be at the Atrium in the Edison Science building?
Graduates are asked to be at the student lineup by 2:30pm. Signs and staff will direct you to this area. The student procession will begin at approximately 2:50pm, guests are asked to be seated by 2:30pm.
What time will the doors to Pollak Theatre open?
The doors to Pollak Theatre will open at 1:30pm.
How do I get my tickets?
Please see the section “Ticket/Announcement Pickup Schedule” for the days and times tickets/announcements will be released. A photo ID is required to pick up your tickets/announcements.
How and when do I get my cap and gown?
Cap and gowns will be available for pickup on Monday, August 27, 2018, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Stafford Student Center, 2nd Floor, or the day of Commencement from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Stafford Student Center, 2nd Floor. A photo ID is required to pick up your cap and gown.

NOTE: These are the only times you may pick up your cap and gown.

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be distributed on stage during the ceremony. Diplomas not distributed may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar from Wednesday, August 29, to Friday, August 31. A photo ID is required to receive your diploma. Diplomas not picked up by Friday, August 31, will be mailed to your home address by certified mail on Tuesday, September 4.

NOTE: All financial obligations to the University must be satisfied prior to diplomas being released.

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 http://gradimages.com/Preregistration to ensure an accurate address is on file. By pre-registering, you will receive 20% off any order of $50 or more.
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.
Is there a reception following Commencement?
The University will remain open until 6:00pm on Commencement day. The fountains will be on and light refreshments will be available on Torcivia Commons adjacent to Bey Hall and Pozycki Hall (rain site is Wilson Hall).

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

Grad Images Photography

Grad Images, 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.

You may pre-register your e-mail address at http://gradimages.com/Preregistration to ensure an accurate address is on file. By pre-registering, you will receive 20% off any order of $50 or more.