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Caps and Gowns

Orders

Cap and gown orders must be placed online through WebAdvisor under the heading “Graduation” beginning on Monday, March 18, through Friday, April 19. Please note that orders must be received by midnight Friday, April 19, 2019; otherwise, we cannot guarantee that a cap and gown will be available for you. There is no cost to order your cap and gown.

Graduation Fair (Pick-Up)

Be our guest at the annual Graduation Fair on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Anacon Hall (Student Center, 2nd floor), from 2–7 p.m. There you will pick up your cap and gown and enjoy celebrating with the MU community. There will be University offices present to answer your questions, graduation items for purchase, great giveaways, and refreshments! If you cannot attend, you may pick up your cap and gown at the PNC Bank Arts Center from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Commencement Day.

Graduation with Honors

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

Ticket/Announcement Pick-Up Schedule

Announcements/tickets may be picked up in the Office of Student Life (Student Center, 2nd Floor) on the dates and times listed below:

April 22 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
April 23 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
April 24 (Wednesday) 8:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
April 25 (Thursday) 8:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
April 26 (Friday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 29 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 30 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 1 (Wednesday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 2 (Thursday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 3 (Friday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 6 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 7 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 8 (Wednesday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 9 (Thursday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 10 (Friday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 13 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 14 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Baccalaureate Mass

Catholic Campus Ministry at Monmouth University will hold a baccalaureate mass for the class of 2019 the day before commencement—May 14 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Church in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Those interested may RSVP by May 5 with Cristina D’Averso Collins at cdaverso@monmouth.edu.

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 a lengthy 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 5:00 p.m.
  • All cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Noise-making devices are prohibited in the PNC Bank Arts Center, 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.

Seating Chart

Each section of seats listed from front to back. Section One, Far left: School of Business students. Section Two, Mid-Left: Faculty, then School of Education students (B.A. in front, B.S. behind), then School of Nursing and Health Studies students (B.S. in front, B.S.N. behind). Section Three, Mid-Right: Faculty, then School of Social Work students, then School of Science students. Section Four, Far-Right: School of Humanities and Social Sciences students (B.A. in front, B.F.A.in the middle, then B.S. behind.

Frequently Asked Questions

Monmouth University’s 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.

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 five (5) tickets each. Any available extra tickets may be distributed via lottery. Guests with tickets will have access to the covered seating area; guests without tickets will be directed to the lawn area. Weather permitting, the PNC Bank Arts Center will provide seating in this section. You are not permitted to bring your own chair(s) for the lawn section. 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 PNC Bank Arts Center in accordance with fire safety regulations.
What time do graduates have to be at the PNC Bank 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 p.m.
What time will the doors open at the PNC Bank Arts Center?
Gates to the PNC Bank Arts Center will open at 10:30 a.m. Expect heavy traffic leading into the PNC Bank Arts Center on Commencement Day. Please leave ample time to enter the area, park, and report to the student lineup.
How do I get my tickets?
Please see the section “Ticket/Announcement Pick-Up 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 distributed on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Anacon Hall, second floor of the Student Center, or at the PNC Bank Arts Center from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Commencement Day.
A photo ID is required to pick up your cap and gown.
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar from Monday, June 3, 2019 through Friday, June 7, 2019. A photo ID is required to receive your diploma. Diplomas not picked up by June 7, 2019, will be mailed to your home address by certified mail. Diploma cases will be distributed on stage to each graduate. 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 a coupon for 20% off your order.

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 Wednesday, May 8, 2019, to request seating in this area. Please note accommodations are limited.
PARKING: ADA parking is available at the PNC Bank 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 PNC Bank Arts Center.
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 p.m. on Commencement Day if you would like to return to campus for photographs. Fountains will be on, light refreshments will be available.

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 giservice@gradimages.net.

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 a coupon for 20% off your order.