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FAQ's

Apply for Graduation
Commencement Attendance Confirmation
General Information
Cap and Gown
Commencement Rehearsal
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Line Up/Seating
Number of Guests/Tickets
Directions/Area Information
Parking
Special Needs
Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Convocation

 

Apply for Graduation

What do I need to do to apply for graduation? (Not the same as commencement participation!)
Summer, Fall and Spring degree candidates must complete an online Application for Graduation and Degree Conferral through Banner Self-Service and submit a $65 processing fee. Late applications are subject to a $45 late fee in addition to the $65 processing fee. Please visit the Office of the Registrar's website for additional details and deadlines or call (856) 256-4350 with any questions.

How do I apply for a specific certification within the College of Education?
Visit the College of Education website here and click on “Application for Certification.” Follow the directions and fill out the application. Additional questions can be addressed to Laurie Haines in the Student Services Center/Certification at (856) 256-4726.

Will I be able to participate in Commencement if I am taking classes over the summer or student teaching in the fall to finish my degree?
Yes, to participate in Commencement, an undergraduate student must be within 12 credit hours of graduating and/or the completion of student teaching. Graduate students must be within 6 credit hours. Course work must be completed during the summer, and student teaching by the end of the fall semester. You must fill out and return a Commencement Participation (Walking) Form and $10 processing fee by March 15 to the Office of the Registrar. No forms will be accepted after March 15.

What do I do after I apply for graduation?
After submitting an online Application for Graduation and Degree Conferral or filling out a Commencement Participation (Walking) form to the Office of the Registrar, visit Rowan Student Self-Service and follow these steps:

  • Access Banner Services and then enter your Banner ID and PIN
  • Select "Student and Financial Aid" and click on "Commencement"
  • Finally, select "Commencement Attendance Confirmation" to let us know if you are attending your Commencement Ceremonies

Also remember to order your cap and gown from the Rowan Bookstore.

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Commencement Attendance Confirmation

Who can participate in Commencement?
Students who fulfilled the academic requirements to graduate during Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 may participate. Students who will finish their final credits during the Summer of 2014 or are student teaching in Fall 2014 to finish their degrees are eligible to participate in the ceremony. NOTE: Students receiving solely a certification without an undergraduate degree DO NOT participate in Commencement.

Do I have to confirm my attendance for Commencement?
Absolutely!!! This is the only way to guarantee tickets for your family and a seat for you at the main and secondary ceremonies. Please confirm your attendance before April 15.

Where do I confirm my Commencement attendance?

  • Go to Rowan's Student Self-Service
  • Access Banner Services and then enter your Banner ID and PIN
  • Select "Student and Financial Aid" and click on "Commencement"
  • Finally, select "Commencement Attendance Confirmation" to let us know if you are attending your Commencement Ceremonies

What does it mean when I receive a “There are currently no active Commencement forms for you” message on Banner?
You either didn't submit an Application for Graduation and Degree Conferral Form or a Commencement Participation (Walking Form), have not fulfilled the academic requirements to graduate or the Office of the Registrar has not processed your application yet. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at (856) 256-4350 with any questions.

If I’m a double major, do I have to decide which major ceremony I want to graduate with?
Yes. You cannot sit with both majors during the main ceremony and you cannot attend both secondary ceremonies. You must decide with which major you would like to participate. Reserve your seat online using the Commencement confirmation form. The website will prompt you to choose which major you would like to participate in. If it doesn’t list both and you would like to participate in the ceremony that is not listed, contact the Office of the Registrar at (856) 256-4350 immediately.

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General Information

How can I receive up-to-date information about Commencement?
Visit the Rowan Commencement website at www.rowan.edu/commencement. Information will be updated until the morning of Commencement. In the event of inclement weather, rain ceremony information will be announced the morning of Commencement through:

WGLS-FM 89.7

KYW-AM 1060         

Rowan University, (856) 256-INFO

University website, www.rowan.edu

What happens if I owe money for library books, parking tickets, fines, loans or bills?
You WILL NOT receive your diploma, transcript or Teacher Education Certification. Make sure you pay all fines, loans and bills by April 30.

Is there a Commencement rehearsal?
Yes. Commencement rehearsal is on May 14 at Wackar Stadium. Undergraduate students report at 1:30 p.m.; graduate students report at 9 a.m. Commencement coordinators will explain line-up procedures, processional directions and other pertinent information about Commencement day. In case of heavy downpour, both the graduate and undergraduate rehearsals will take place in Esbjornson Gym at their respective times. Please check the Commencement website the morning of rehearsal for rain announcements.

When and where can I order graduation announcements?
The Rowan University Bookstore offers personalized and generic graduation announcements. Beginning April 1, generic announcements may be purchased at the Bookstore for $16.98/pack. Personalized announcement packages can be ordered at the Bookstore during Grad Fair, online at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation or by contacting Al Leahman at (609) 267-0265.

What do cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude honors mean?
Rowan University recognizes exceptional academic achievement at graduation. Qualifications for academic honors at Commencement shall be based upon the student's academic average at the end of the first term of the senior year. The average shall be based upon a minimum of 36 semester hours of course work completed at Rowan University at the time of computation.

Honors are awarded according to the following schedule:
3.450-3.649 Cum Laude
3.650-3.849 Magna Cum Laude
3.850-4.000 Summa Cum Laude

Diplomas and students' transcripts shall indicate academic honors based upon the cumulative grade point average achieved at the end of the senior year. Honors will be recalculated for grade changes that have been approved within 90 days after the end of the student's final semester.

Honor cords for bachelor’s degree candidates with academic honors will be available at the Rowan Bookstore for an additional $12.98 beginning April 2.

Does Route 322 close on Commencement day?
No. Route 322 will remain open on Commencement day. Police officers will direct guests to parking lots. Any road closure detours will be marked. Plan to arrive before 9 a.m. to avoid traffic and ensure ample time to park.

Will the main Commencement ceremony be broadcast to any other location on campus?
Yes. At 10 a.m., a live feed will broadcast the Commencement ceremony to Boyd Recital Hall in Wilson Hall. The University will also broadcast the main ceremony online. Visit www.rowan.edu/commencement during the week of Commencement for instructions.

When do graduates need to be moved out of their on-campus housing?
Graduates must move out and return their keys by 9 p.m. on Commencement day. Please plan accordingly.

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Cap and Gown

How do I order my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the Bookstore beginning March 31. Unless otherwise noted, all caps and gowns are keepsakes and do not need to be returned after Commencement.

April 5 is the last day for Doctoral candidates to order custom regalia, as it takes four weeks for delivery. Please contact Valerie Wojcik to set up an appointment to be measured.

Style Includes Fee
Bachelor Cap, Gown and Black Tassel $35.98
Master Cap, Gown, Silver Tassel and Hood $68.98
Educational Specialist Cap, Gown, Blue Tassel and Hood $70.98
Doctor Cap, Gown, Gold Tassel and Hood $83.98

How do I order my honor cords?
Honor cords for bachelor’s degree candidates with academic honors (i.e. cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude) will be available for an additional $12.98 beginning March 31.

How do I order my honor society honor cords?
Contact your honor society president or adviser to find out how to order cords.

Do other campus organizations and clubs provide graduation cords?
Yes. Check with the organizations or clubs you belong to, including fraternities, sororities and honor societies, for information on how to obtain your graduation cords. Some organizations provide the cords, while others require a fee.

What should I wear underneath my cap and gown?
Check the weather and dress appropriately. Remember, your gown is black and will attract the sun. Dress pants, dress shirts and ties are recommended for men. Dresses, skirts or dress pants are recommended for women. Ladies, please remember that you will be walking in grass. Stilettos will sink. We highly recommend wearing flats or wedges.

 

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Commencement Rehearsal

When and where is Commencement rehearsal?
Commencement rehearsal is on Wednesday, May 14. Undergraduate students should meet at Wackar Stadium at 1:30 p.m. and graduate students should meet there at 9 a.m.

Do I need to attend Commencement rehearsal?
YES. Commencement rehearsal explains the entire procedure of the Commencement activities, including line-up, processional, conferral of the degrees, how to correctly wear your cap and gown and secondary ceremonies. Rehearsal is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

What happens if it rains on Commencement rehearsal day?
Check the Commencement website for any rain announcements. Both the graduate and undergraduate Commencement rehearsals will still take place outside during a light rain. Graduates must provide their own umbrellas and/or raincoats. In the event of heavy rain, the graduate Commencement rehearsal will move to Esbjornson Gym at 9 a.m. and the undergraduate Commencement rehearsal also to Esbjornson Gym at 1:30 p.m.

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Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

How long does the main ceremony usually last?
Approximately 1.5 hours.

What time do the secondary ceremonies start?
Around noon.

How long will the secondary ceremony last?
Depending on your college, the secondary ceremony can last between 1-2 hours. Visit here for each college’s secondary ceremony expected length.

What time should I arrive at Commencement?
Remember, traffic to Glassboro is very heavy on Commencement morning. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Students should arrive at 9 a.m. to line up behind their major signs on the Wackar Stadium track. Ticket holders may enter Wackar Stadium at 8:45 a.m. Guests arriving early can visit the Rowan Bookstore that opens at 8 a.m. or one of the many on-campus dining options. The University’s Marketplace Cafe in the Student Center is open from 7:30 - 11 a.m. with a full breakfast buffet. The Market Basket Convenience Store in the Student Center is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concession kiosks in Wackar Stadium will open at 9 a.m. through the end of the ceremonies.

Where are the main ceremony and the secondary ceremonies held?
The main ceremony takes place at Wackar Stadium at the corner of Bowe Boulevard and Carpenter Street. The secondary ceremonies take place in seven separate locations. They are as follows:

College Location
Rohrer College of Business Student Recreation Center
College of Communication & Creative Arts Esbjornson Gymnasium
College of Education Richard Wackar Stadium
College of Engineering Rowan Hall Green
College of Performing Arts Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall
College of Humanities & Social Sciences University Green
College of Science & Mathematics Soccer Field

For a campus map, please visit here.

What happens during the main ceremony?
Platform guests, faculty members and students process onto the Wackar Stadium field. The National Anthem is played and the audience listens to speeches from the Rowan University President, Provost, a Board of Trustees representative, SGA President and keynote speaker. The Alumni Board President honors a distinguished alumnus. The Rowan President, Provost and Chair of the Board of Trustees present an Honorary Doctorate and confer the degrees. Everyone recesses out of Wackar Stadium to their secondary ceremonies, except the College of Education, who remains in Wackar Stadium for its secondary ceremony.

What happens at the secondary ceremonies?
Each college organizes its secondary ceremony differently. Some require that the students line up and process in, while others prefer the students remain seated. Ceremonies can include speeches from the dean, a distinguished alumnus and/or faculty member, the recognition of Gold Medallion winners and the presentation of degree awards. At each ceremony, students will fill out their name phonetically on an index card. This card will be collected and then read aloud as the student walks across stage to shake hands with the department chair and a GradImages representative takes a picture. For more information on individual secondary ceremony procedures, please visit here.

If I’m a double major, which secondary ceremony do I attend?
As a double major, you must decide which secondary ceremony you would like to attend. If you are receiving degrees in both the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the College of Education, you cannot attend both secondary ceremonies or sit with both majors during the main ceremony. If you are a double major in the same college, you must choose which major you’d rather sit with during the main and secondary ceremonies. Please indicate which major you choose when you fill out the Commencement participation form through Banner Self-Service.

Are food or gifts available to buy during the ceremony?
Bottled water, snacks, disposable cameras, film and balloons are available at kiosks throughout campus and at the Bookstore. Flowers may be purchased by the bouquet from the Senior Honor Society in Wackar Stadium.

Will they pronounce my name correctly?
During the secondary ceremony, you will write your name on an index card. Make sure you spell it phonetically so the reader knows how to pronounce it.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of inclement weather, we will follow a rain ceremony procedure and all of the ceremonies will move indoors. For more information about this process, please visit here.

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Graduate Commencement Ceremony

How long does the ceremony usually last?
Approximately 1.5 hours.

What time do the secondary ceremonies start?
Around 11:30 am. The RowanSOM secondary ceremony will start at 1 p.m.

How long will the secondary ceremony last?
Depending on your college, the secondary ceremony can last between 1-2 hours. Contact your Dean's Office for more information.

What time should I arrive at graduation?
Remember, traffic to Glassboro is very heavy on Commencement morning. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly. Students should arrive at 9 a.m. to line up behind their major signs on the Wackar Stadium track. Ticket holders may enter Wackar Stadium at 8:45 a.m.

What happens during the main ceremony?
Platform guests, faculty members and students process onto the Wackar Stadium field. Doctoral degree candidates carry their hoods draped over the right arm. Masters and Educational Specialist degree candidates wear their hoods. The National Anthem is played and the audience listens to speeches from the Rowan University President, Provost, a Board of Trustees representative, and keynote speaker. The Rowan President, Provost and Chair of the Board of Trustees present an Honorary Doctorate and confer the degrees. Everyone recesses out of Wackar Stadium to their secondary ceremonies.

What happens at the secondary ceremonies?
Each college organizes its secondary ceremony differently. Some require that the students line up and process in, while others prefer the students remain seated. Ceremonies can include speeches from the dean, a distinguished alumnus and/or faculty member, the recognition of Gold Medallion winners and the presentation of degree awards. At each ceremony, students will fill out their name phonetically on an index card. This card will be collected and then read aloud as the student walks across stage to shake hands with the department chair and a GradImages representative takes a picture. Doctoral degree candidates are hooded at this ceremony.

Are food or gifts available to buy during the ceremony?
Information currently being revised. Please check back soon.

Will they pronounce my name correctly?
Each graduate will write his or her name on an index card. Make sure to spell it phonetically so the reader knows how to pronounce it.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of inclement weather, we will follow a rain ceremony procedure. Please click here for information.

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Line-up/Seating

On Commencement day, when and where do I line up for the main ceremony?
Graduate students should arrive at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15 to line up behind their major signs on the Wackar Stadium track. Undergraduate students should arrive at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 16 to line up behind their major signs on the Wackar Stadium track. Please attend Commencement rehearsal for exact locations.

When and where do I line up for the secondary ceremony?
Line-up for secondary ceremonies differs for each college. Your Dean's Office is the best source of information, but a brief description is provided below:

Rohrer College of Business – Do not line up. Sit by major in the graduate seats roped off in the Student Recreation Center immediately after the main ceremony.

College of Communication & Creative Arts – Immediately after the main ceremony, report to Esbjornson gymnasium for line-up.

College of Education – Remain seated immediately following the main ceremony. Students will not line up or process in.

College of Engineering – Report to the Rowan Hall Atrium immediately following the main ceremony to line up by major.

College of Performing Arts – Report to Room 153 in Wilson Hall immediately following the main ceremony to line up by major.

College of Humanities & Social Sciences –Immediately following the main ceremony, sit by major in the seats on the University Green.

College of Science & Mathematics - Immediately following the main ceremony, report to the soccer field for line-up.

Where do I sit if I’m a double major?
When you fill out your Commencement participation form online, you must select with which major you would like to sit. Using that data, the Office of University Events determines the number of chairs for each major. Please sit with the major you specified online.

Do we have to sit alphabetically?
No, just by major. The names are not read alphabetically. The ceremony reader announces the names on the 3x5 index card that you filled out at the beginning of the ceremony.

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Number of Guests/Tickets

How many people can I bring to Commencement?
Graduate students are eligible for four (4) secondary college ceremony tickets.

Undergraduate students are eligible for three (3) secondary college ceremony tickets.

Are tickets required for each ceremony?
Mostly.
Tickets are required for the Graduate Commencement main ceremony special needs seats, secondary college ceremonies and for rain ceremony locations. Tickets are required for the Undergraduate Commencement main ceremony (including special needs seats), secondary college ceremonies and for rain ceremony locations.

Is there a difference in the number of people I bring to Commencement if it’s a rain ceremony?
Maybe
. The total number of tickets available is set by venue capacities. If your sun ceremony and rain ceremony are in separate locations, you may not be able to receive the same number of tickets. Please visit the undergraduate rain ceremony page here, and the graduate rain ceremony page here.

How do I receive my tickets?

Commencement tickets are now managed via e-ticketing. You may claim your tickets anytime between March 15 and May 8 by going to rowancommencement.universitytickets.com. You will need to enter your Rowan ID and PIN.

You can claim or donate your tickets. Tickets not claimed by May 8 will be redistributed beginning May 9.

May 9 - 16, unclaimed and donated tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Undergraduate students may claim up to an additional three (3) tickets. Graduate students may claim up to an additional two (2) tickets.

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Directions/Area Information

How do I get to Rowan University?
Directions to Rowan University can be found here. Remember, Route 322 will remain open on Commencement day. Police officers will direct guests to parking lots. Any road closure detours will be marked. Plan to arrive before 9 a.m. to avoid traffic and ensure ample time to park.

Are there hotels in the area?
A list of nearby hotels can be found here.

What types of restaurants are nearby?
A list of restaurants in Glassboro can be found here.

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Parking

Where can I park during Commencement?
Parking is available in all exterior lots except Lot C. You may also park on the streets adjacent to the University.

Are there shuttles from the parking lots to the Commencement sites and then back?
We do offer a shuttle service from the main ceremony area to campus parking lots and secondary ceremony locations, however, because of the number of people, we cannot guarantee that you will arrive before the ceremony begins. The shuttle service is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do I need a parking tag?
You do not need a parking tag unless you are parking in a special needs designated lot.

How do I know where I parked my car?
Don’t forget your campus map. Take note of your parking lot’s name and nearby academic buildings and residence halls.

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Special Needs

Will there be special needs parking?
Yes. Students and guests who require special needs parking passes for Commencement should contact Elaina Surace in the Parking Office at (856) 256-4574 or e-mail suracem@rowan.edu before April 30. For additional information, please visit here.

Will there be special needs seating?
Special needs seating is available at all ceremonies. Please look for the designated areas.

Special Needs seating for the Graduate or Undergraduate Main Ceremony can be reserved through the ticket portal: rowancommencement.universitytickets.com. Each graduate may reserve two special needs tickets. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Undergraduate Commencement pecial needs tickets count as main ceremony tickets. If a student reserves special needs tickets for Undergraduate main ceremony guests, these will be subtracted from the total number of main ceremony tickets available per student.

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