Commencement 2014

Day of Information

Important Commencement 2014 update:
Undergraduate 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. As in years past, our May ceremonies include students who completed their degrees in August and December, as well as those graduating in May and those with a few credits to finish in the summer or student teaching to complete in the fall.

Unfortunately, we can fit only 10,000 chairs (2,000 students and 8,000 guests) on the University Green. Last year, we were beyond capacity, with standing room only for nearly 1,000 guests. This year, we planned to accommodate more by adding bleachers to the Green, but the number of students participating is expected to grow to nearly 2,500 -- adding many more guests, too.

We apologize for the late notice on the venue change. We struggled with the decision after years of tradition on the Green. The deciding factor was, however, our students and their guests. The academic milestones we celebrate at Commencement should be shared with as many loved ones and friends as possible. Fortunately, Wackar Stadium can accommodate 13,000 students and guests.

Graduating students, please remember to reserve your guests' main and secondary ceremony tickets at


Traffic Notice: Route 322 will remain open on Commencement day. Police officers will direct guests to parking lots. Any road closure detours will be marked.

***Please note that the distance between parking lots and ceremony locations can be long and strenuous for elderly or mobility-impaired guests. Please visit here for more information on parking and seating and options for special needs guests. A handicap hangtag or placard alone will not guarantee priviledged parking. You MUST contact our parking office for a Rowan University-issued special needs parking pass.


Because of heavy traffic and unusual traffic management on campus, we encourage you to arrive before 9 a.m. to allow time for parking and walking to the ceremony at Wackar Stadium. We also recommend that you consider one of the alternate routes listed below due to the exceptionally heavy traffic from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Route 322 East. The route you take to campus will most likely determine the parking lot or area where you will park for the day. Please use the route guides below to help you plan.

Alternate routes to the Rowan campus

Parking access and restrictions

Parking is available on residential streets near campus. Please follow posted borough parking policies.

Morning dining options

The University’s Marketplace Cafe in the Student Center is open from 7:30 to 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 on the University Green will open at 9 a.m. through the end of the ceremonies.

Bookstore hours for Commencement

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 2014 – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Robing and line-up information

Robing and line-up begins at 9 a.m. for all candidates on Friday, May 16. All students will line up on the Wackar Stadium track. Line-up assignments will be discussed at Commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m.

After robing, graduates will form single lines behind their academic major sign and be ready to proceed onto the field no later than 9:30 a.m. Faculty and staff marshal coordinators will assist with the process.

Main Ceremony

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Wackar Stadium
Length of time: Approximately 1.5 hours

National Anthem
Introduction of Guests
Message to the Graduates
Commencement Address
Honorary Doctorates
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Band/choir Performance
Recognition of Medallion Winners and Honor Society Members
Conferral of Baccalaureate Degrees
The Class Farewell from SGA President
Closing Announcement
Alma Mater

Secondary Ceremonies

Secondary college ceremonies will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the main outdoor ceremony at the following locations:

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

More details about the secondary ceremonies can be found here.

For a campus map, click here.


Departure routes

Off-campus restaurant information

Just off-campus on Delsea Drive, Glassboro offers specialty and national restaurants as well as fast food options. Go east on Bowe Boulevard to Route 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. Note: Plan lunch reservations accordingly.

Inclement Weather

In the event of a severe rainstorm, Commencement will move indoors. Please visit here for more information.

Click here for today's Weather Channel forecast.