Welcome Graduates!

Commencement -- and all the excitement and pomp and circumstance that accompany it -- is one of Rowan's most treasured traditions. This website focuses on providing you and your guests with the latest information and details surrounding the week-long celebration.

We frequently update this site with additional information or changes, so please check back often!

This year's Commencement dates and times have been assigned. Download the 2016 Commencement week schedule here.

Click here for last year's stories and videos.


  • Finals Week: Tuesday to Monday, May 3-9
  • Semester Concludes: Monday, May 9
  • Commencement Week: Monday to Friday, May 9-13


Commencement and Graduation Info Meetings held in the Student Center Ballroom

  • Thursday, December 3, 2015 — 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 — 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016 — 10:00-11:00 am
  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 — 5:30-6:30 pm

Graduation Application Deadlines - visit the Office of the Registrar for detailed information

  • Fall 2015 Graduation | July 1 - September 30 (October 1 - October 31, late fee applies)
  • Spring 2016 Graduation | November 1 - February 29 (March1 - March 15, late fee applies)
  • Summer 2016 Graduation | April 1 - May 31

Commencement Participation Deadline

Commencement Tickets Available Online

Commencement Fair


Graduation and Commencement Information Meetings are scheduled throughout the year. Representatives from the Registrar's Office and University Events are on hand to answer questions and to help identify potential roadblocks. Meetings are not mandatory but highly recommended.

Family and Guests

Since our first Commencement ceremony in 1924, thousands of graduates, their families and friends have gathered on the picturesque University Green to celebrate their academic achievements. As we welcome you and your guests this year, please use the following information to help plan for the day.

Faculty and Staff

From here you may download the new 2015 Commencement week schedule here, get the 2015 Academic Regalia Rental Form when it is available, check school contacts, and find college and school fact sheets. 


Tickets are NOT necessary for fair weather ceremonies held on the University Green, with the exception of School of Osteopathic Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Tickets ARE required for Wednesday, May 13 (rain or shine).

Special Needs

The distance between parking lots and ceremony locations can be long and strenuous for elderly or mobility-impaired guests. Please review the information below and make the necessary arrangements to ensure a safe and memorable Commencement Day.

Special needs accommodations are available for individuals with ANY of the following:

  • Wheelchair, walker, powered device, cane, crutches
  • Unable to step on/off a bus or van
  • Needs assistance; unsteady on feet
  • Cannot use stairs
  • Needs portable oxygen
  • Unable to walk more than 100 feet unassisted
  • Hearing or visually impaired

If your needs are not described above, please contact the Academic Success Center at (856) 256-4259 to request accommodations.

Rain Ceremony

In the event of a severe rainstorm, ceremonies on the University Green will be cancelled. College ceremonies will be held indoors in accordance with the 2015 Commencement Week Schedule.

All rain ceremonies are ticketed events. Each student is eligible for four (4) tickets.Students must confirm their Commencement participation by April 17, 2015 to receive their tickets. Registered students may download their tickets beginning May 1, 2015 from the UniversityTickets page.

Traditions and Symbols

The pageantry of Commencement is rich with symbolism and tradition. Candidates for graduation must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony and other symbolic elements are part of the procession and program.

The wearing of academic gowns is a tradition that dates back to the early 14th century. The gowns were first used to distinguish scholars from regular citizens. The added advantage of the garments was to keep the medieval academics warm in the unheated buildings they used. Their practical purposes soon gave way to embellishments and the gowns became a means of identifying certain academic achievements.