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Commencement Week 2015:
Commencement -- and all the excitement and pomp and circumstance that accompany it -- is one of Rowan's most treasured traditions.
Last year, the University graduated its largest class ever, necessitating moving the ceremony from the University Green to Wackar Stadium. Unfortunately, torrential rain forced the festivities indoors. Accommodating the number of participants and guests under those circumstances proved to be unmanageable.
We listened to feedback and learned. We determined that the best way to improve the experience as our class sizes grow was to rethink Commencement.
Six ceremonies in four days
Rowan does not have an indoor facility that can accommodate 12,000 students and guests-nor is there a venue in South Jersey that can-so the best solution is to plan smaller events and spread them across an entire week rather than trying to host all of them on one day (See new schedule).
The benefits of the new approach are:
Ceremonies will focus on themes more aligned with colleges and disciplines of study.
Finals week to shift