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  • Caps, Gowns, and University Cords

    Caps, gowns, and university cords can be picked up at either Anacon Hall (2nd floor of the Student Center) or at the PNC Bank Arts Center before the ceremony.

    April 14 is the deadline to order a cap and gown. All cap and gown orders must be placed online through WebAdvisor under the heading “Graduation.” If ordered by this date, cap and gowns may be picked up on the following dates and times. Picture ID is required when picking up your cap and gown.

    Date Time Location
    May 9 (Tuesday) 3 - 7 p.m. Anacon Hall
    May 10 (Wednesday) 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PNC Bank Arts Center

    Please call the Office of Student Life at 732-571-3417 if you have any additional questions.

    University 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.

  • 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

  • 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)*

    April 17 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    April 18 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    April 19 (Wednesday) 8:45 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    April 20 (Thursday) 8:45 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    April 21 (Friday) 8:45 am - 5 p.m.
    April 24 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    April 25 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    April 26 (Wednesday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    April 27 (Thursday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    April 28 (Friday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    May 1 (Monday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    May 2 (Tuesday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    May 3 (Wednesday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    May 4 (Thursday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    May 5 (Friday) 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    May 8 (Monday) 8:45 am - 5 p.m.
    May 9 (Tuesday)      8:45 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    May 10 (Wednesday) at the PNC Bank Arts Center* 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    * if you have ordered by the April 14 deadline.

  • Diploma Distribution

    Wilson Hall – 2nd Floor
    Office of the Registrar
    Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 2, 2017 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

    Diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2. A photo ID is required to receive your diploma. Diploma cases will be distributed on stage to each graduate. All financial obligations to the University must be satisfied prior to diplomas being released.

    Any remaining diplomas will be mailed, certified mail, via USPS on Monday, June 5, 2017. Students will receive an e-mail to confirm the address that is on file is the correct one.

    IMPORTANT: Diplomas will not be available to students with outstanding University obligations. You may review your blocks and/or outstanding obligations through WEBStudent. If you have any outstanding obligations, please contact the appropriate office directly.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    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 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 amphitheater 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 12:00 p.m.

    What time will the gates 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 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 distributed on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 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 Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Friday, June 2, 2017. A photo ID is required to receive your diploma. Diplomas not picked up by June 5, 2017, 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 $5 off an order of $25 or more.

    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 3, 2017, to reserve 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 6:00 p.m. on Commencement Day if you would like to return to campus for photographs. Fountains will be on, light refreshments will be available. I hope this information is helpful. If you have any additional questions, please call the Office of Student Life at 732-571-3417.