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May 2024 Undergraduate Commencement

May 9, 2024 – School Based Ceremonies

Frequently Asked Questions

Monmouth University’s May 2024 Commencement Ceremonies will be held as follows:

School based ceremonies will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024, on campus where students will be recognized individually and will walk across the stage.

  • Leon Hess Business School: Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m.
  • Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Thursday, May 9, at 1 p.m.
  • Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Social Work, School of Education, School of Science: Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m.
  1. How many guest tickets do graduates receive?
    • Graduates are limited to six (6) guest tickets each for the school based ceremonies. 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 ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.
    • 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 2-4 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) guest tickets 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. Honor Cords
    • 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 honor cord at the check-in table the day of commencement.
  12. Livestream links for each ceremony (Undergraduate School Based Ceremonies on May 9, 2024):

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

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
  • 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. 

GradImages 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 ecc.giservice@gradimages.net.

You may pre-register your e-mail address at https://www.gradimages.com/registration 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. 

Certified Electronic Diploma

We are pleased to be able to provide you with a Certified Electronic Diploma! When your Certified Electronic Diploma is ready to be downloaded, you will receive an email with instructions. You will not receive this notification unless all university obligations are met.

We will also mail you a traditional paper diploma approximately 2 weeks after the conferral date, provided all university obligations are met.

Honor 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 honor 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.

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