Commencement FAQ

What time do I need to arrive for commencement?

Please refer to the appropriate instructions on this web site under “Fair Weather Plan” or “Rainy Weather Plan.”  In addition, graduates are given copies of these instructions when they pick up their caps and gowns. 

If the weather is uncertain, how will I know if the ceremony is indoors or outside? 

A decision will be made by 8 a.m. on the day of commencement and posted on our website

How do I know if my name is on the participation list? 

All students who purchase a cap and gown will be on the participation list as long as they have met the requirements for participation in the ceremony.

If you borrowed a cap and gown, or if you purchased a cap and gown in a previous year, please notify the Student Affairs Office (Formerly Dean of Students Office) that you will be participating in commencement (609-343-5083 or 609-463-4774 ext 5083 or

How many tickets will I receive for guests?

Each graduate will receive three guest tickets needed only if it rains and the ceremony moves indoors.  Guests without tickets will be directed to the Theater for simulcast viewing of the event.

Are there extra tickets?

Due to the number of graduates and limited seating, extra tickets are not available.

What is the length of the ceremony?

The length of the ceremony is approximately 1 ½ hours.

Am I eligible to wear an honor stole?

Please refer to the Cap and Gown information on this website for the criteria.  If you still have questions, contact 609-343-5645 or 609-463-4774 ext 5645 or

I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).  Do I wear the red honor stole or the gold PTK honor stole?

PTK members can order a gold honor stole and tassel through their advisor.  Graduates would decide whether to wear the gold or the red honor stole and tassel.

There were only five announcements in my cap and gown packet.  Can I get more?

All graduates are given one complimentary pack of five announcements.  We do not have extra.

I am not participating in the ceremony, how will I receive my diploma?

Any questions regarding your degree audit or diploma please contact 609-343-5645 or 609-463-4774 ext 5645 or