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May 2023 Undergraduate Commencement

May 10, 2023 – All Undergraduate Class Gathering
May 11, 2023 – School Based Ceremonies

All Class Gathering

Leon Hess Business School

Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies,
School of Education,
School of Science, and
School of Social Work

Message from Senator Booker

Prizes, Awards, and Scholarships

Grad Images 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. 

Honors Cords

Please note: If you are a baccalaureate degree recipient graduating with Honors (cumulative GPA 3.50 or higher with at least 53 MU credits) please pick up your honors cord at the check-in table the day of commencement.

Honors Designations:

  • 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.

Philanthropy Cords

Graduating students who make a gift of $20.23 to the Class of 2023 Giving Campaign will receive a philanthropy cord to wear at Commencement. Gifts can be made at and can be designated to scholarships, a favorite academic program, Division I sport, or a club or organization that means the most to you. And because publications like U.S. News & World Report measure alumni donor participation when ranking universities, your support helps to influence how a wide range of decision makers, from prospective students to hiring companies, view the value of a Monmouth University degree. Please continue to check your Monmouth email for more information on philanthropy cord distribution as Commencement gets closer.

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