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Important Commencement 2014 update:
Graduate Commencement main ceremony moved to Wackar Stadium.

Until just a few days ago, the Rowan University community expected to celebrate the 89th Commencement with both Graduate and Undergraduate ceremonies on the University Green at Bunce Hall. But with higher-than-ever numbers of students participating in Commencement, we expect to host more than 20,000 students and guests during the course of our two days of ceremonies.

The University Green is simply too small to accommodate everyone safely and comfortably. Thus, our Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at Wackar Stadium.

We apologize for the late notice on the venue change. We believe the academic milestones we celebrate at Commencement should be shared with as many loved ones and friends as possible. Fortunately, Wackar Stadium will be able to accommodate all students and guests, and we will maintain our tradition of open seating at the Graduate Commencement main ceremony without ticketing.

Visit rowan.edu/commencement often for updates and answers to frequently asked questions. Additional questions may be sent to commencement@rowan.edu.

 

Since our first Commencement ceremony in 1924, thousands of graduates, their families and friends have gathered to celebrate the achievements of our academic community.

Our Commencement ceremony for all graduate-level programs will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2013.

You can visit the University's Online Visitors' Center here for general information, including maps, parking information, local restaurants and hotels, fun facts and more.

Family and Guest Parking

Tickets

For the hearing impaired

Commemorative photographs

Flowers

Graduation announcements

Diploma frames, class rings, gifts

Bookstore hours for Commencement

Commemorative Book Program

Dining options

Inclement weather procedures

Additional information

Campus maps

Family and Guest Parking

Parking for guests of students is available on streets adjacent to the University and in all exterior lots except Lot C. For information about special needs parking passes, please visit here. For a campus map, please view here.

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Tickets

General Seating tickets are not necessary for the main ceremony at 10 a.m. at Wackar Stadium. Each degree candidate is eligible for four (4) secondary ceremony tickets once the Office of University Events receives the completed online attendance confirmation. Tickets are reserved via the Tickets tab on the left of the webpage.

Tickets are required for special needs seating at the main ceremony. Special needs seating is limited to individuals with disabilities and one companion. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must print your tickets prior to arriving on campus for Commencement.

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For the hearing impaired

If a sign language interpreter is needed for the Graduate Commencement ceremony, please contact the Academic Success Center at (856) 256-4259.

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Commemorative photographs

Professional photographers from GradImages will photograph all graduates while receiving their diplomas. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after Commencement. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at (800) 261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.

GradImages® is the official photographer for Commencement.Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit www.gradimages.com. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at giservice@gradimages.net.

 

Pre-register with GradImages by visiting www.gradimages.com, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. This provides them with the most correct and up-to-date contact information and ensures the delivery of your graduation proofs in a timely manner. You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering photos.

 

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Flowers

Flowers may be purchased by the bouquet from the Senior Honor Society in Wackar Stadium.

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Graduation announcements

The Rowan University Bookstore offers personalized and generic graduation announcements. Beginning April 2, 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.

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Diploma frames, class rings, gifts

The Bookstore offers a variety of Commencement-related products with samples on display.

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Bookstore hours for Commencement

Wednesday, May 14 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 15 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, May 16 – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Commemorative Book Program
Purchase a bookplate in honor of a friend or loved one. For a suggested donation of $75, you may request to place a bookplate with the name of the person you wish to honor in a Campbell Library book or DVD on the subject of your choice.

A commemorative book is the perfect way to honor anyone connected with Rowan, from the new graduate to the 50-year alumnus. Commencement, birthdays, reunions–any occasion is suitable for this special gift. Bookplates may also be purchased in memory of friends and family members who have passed away.

If you would like to make a commemorative bookplate donation, please send a check payable to Rowan University Future/Fund/FoCal, along with a note stating the person's name and subject area of the book or DVD in which you would like to place the bookplate, to:

Friends of Campbell Library
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701

You can also make your commemorative book donation online at: https://focal.rufoundation.org. For more information, please contact FoCaL at FOCAL@rowan.edu or (856) 256-4981.

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Dining options

Within a few moments’ drive, visitors will find many dining options.

Off-campus
Just off-campus on Delsea Drive, Glassboro offers specialty and national restaurants as well as fast food options. Go east on Bowe Boulevard to Rt. 47 (Delsea Drive) and north to Italian Affair, Terra Nova, Peking Buffet, Saladworks and Pizza Hut. Go south on Delsea Drive for Wendy’s, McDonald's, Samurai Hibachi Steak House and Sushi Bar, Tokyo Mandarin and PB’s Diner. Heading east on Rt. 322, guests will find Landmark Americana located on the edge of campus and, about 15 minutes farther, the Scotland Run Golf Course restaurant. Go north on Rt. 55 to the Deptford Mall exit for Bonefish Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Don Pablo's and other establishments. Note: Plan dinner reservations accordingly.

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Inclement weather procedures

In the event of inclement weather (thunderstorms, heavy rain, etc.) the main outdoor ceremony will be cancelled and the secondary ceremonies will be held at the locations and times listed below:

College Location Time
School of Osteopathic Medicine Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall 10:30 a.m.
College of Education Esbjornson Gymnasium 10:30 a.m.
Rohrer College of Business, College of Communication and Creative Arts, College of Engineering, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Performing Arts, College of Science & Mathematics, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student Recreation Center 10:30 a.m.

Secondary ceremony tickets are designated for a specific location and will admit guests only to that location. Time changes or cancellations for inclement weather will be announced May 15 at 7 a.m. on WGLS-FM 89.7 and KYM-AM 1060. This information will also be available by phone at (856) 256-INFO and on the University website.

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Additional information

Bottled water, snacks, disposable cameras, film and balloons are available at kiosks throughout campus and at the Bookstore.

Baby strollers cannot be left in aisles and are not permitted in bleachers.

There are no designated baby changing facilities on campus. Please plan accordingly.

Balloon bouquets are not permitted in the seating areas during the ceremony. They will block the view of other guests.

Departure from the parking lots after the ceremony may take up to 20 or 30 minutes.

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Campus maps

For your convenience, please find directions to Rowan University and campus maps below. Be sure to remember where you park.

Driving directions

Campus map

Commencement map

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