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Undergraduate Requirements & Procedures


Graduation vs. Commencement

Academic Requirements

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 receiving solely a certification without an undergraduate degree DO NOT participate in Commencement.



Diploma Information

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 reservation deadline is April 15, 2015. This is the last day to confirm your participation and reserve your guest tickets. To confirm your reservation follow these steps:

  • Visit Student Self-Service at
  • Access Banner Services and enter your Banner ID and PIN
  • Select “Student and Financial Aid” and click on “Commencement”
  • Follow the prompts to confirm your attendance


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.

Style Includes Fee
Bachelor's Cap, Gown and Tassel $35.98

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, 2014.

Commemorative Photographs

GradImages® is the official photographer for Commencement.Your proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit 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

Pre-register with GradImages by visiting, 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.