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Graduate Requirements & Procedures
Graduation vs. Commencement
Graduation is the successful completion of all major/minor/concentration requirements AND the awarding of a degree. Students can graduate three times a year --
May, August, and December. Students must complete the online Graduation
Application (info here) in order to be reviewed.
Commencement is the voluntary
celebration that occurs once a year (in May). Participation in the
Commencement ceremony is not required and does not guarantee the
awarding of a degree.
students may not participate in the Commencement Ceremony unless they
have successfully defended their dissertation.
Diplomas are not received during the Commencement
ceremony. The Office of the Registrar mails diplomas to the permanent
address on file, unless otherwise indicated on the graduation
application. A diploma and one official Rowan University transcript are
mailed approximately eight weeks after the degrees have been awarded.
Graduation deadlines can be found on the Registrar's website, here.
The Commencement participation deadline is April 15, 2014. This is the last day to confirm your participation and reserve your guest tickets. To confirm your participation follow these steps:
- Visit Student Self-Service at www.rowan.edu/selfservice
- Access Banner Services and enter your Banner ID and PIN
- Select “Student and Financial Aid” and click on
- Follow the prompts to confirm your
All financial obligations, loans, library books, equipment owed, fines, bills, etc. must be cleared by April 30, 2014. Diplomas, transcripts and teacher certifications will be provided once all obligations are met.
Caps and gowns
Caps and gowns will be available
for purchase in the Rowan Barnes & Noble Bookstore beginning Monday, March 31 through
Wednesday, May 14. Unless otherwise noted, all caps and gowns are
keepsakes and do not need to be returned after Commencement.
Please Note: April 5th is the last day for Doctoral candidates to order custom regalia, as it takes several weeks for delivery. The cost is $950.00. Please contact Valerie Wojcik to set up an appointment to be measured.
Keepsake styles and pricing is as follows:
||Cap, Gown, Silver Tassel and Hood
||Cap, Gown, Blue Tassel and Hood
||Cap, Gown, Gold Tassel and Hood
Questions about Bookstore Commencement Services and Products