Dear Degree Candidate:
Commencement 2015 is only a few short months away. With this in mind, I want to take a moment to share some additional information and expectations regarding your participation in the Commencement Ceremony. Participation in Spring Commencement is limited to students who have completed all their degree requirements during Spring 2015. Students finishing in summer or Fall 2015 will be invited to participate in our Winter Commencement. Please note there is no fee to participate in Commencement.
Spring Commencement will be held at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. The student processional will start at approximately 12:15 p.m.; guests are asked to be seated by 12:00 p.m. Admission to the amphitheatre is by ticket only. Considering the number of graduates and the seating capacity at the Arts Center, each graduate will receive five guest tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket. Please note that the saving of extra seats at Commencement is prohibited. Your cooperation in adhering to this policy is greatly appreciated. Those without tickets are welcome to attend but will be directed to the lawn area. Weather permitting, seating will be available in this section.
Students participating in the ceremony must complete all obligations to the University prior to May 20, 2015. This includes the return of all equipment, books, and materials belonging to the University and the fulfillment of all financial obligations, such as tuition and fees; parking tickets; fines; telephone bills; and library fines. If you feel you have anything outstanding in these areas, please contact the office directly. A complete telephone directory is available online.
Finally, all of us realize that Commencement Day is an important occasion for you and your family. It is the culmination of many years of hard work and sacrifice. It is also an important day for the University to publicly recognize and affirm your achievement. Because of this, the University acknowledges students individually at the stage during the conferral of degrees. As I am sure you can appreciate, this is a lengthy but extremely important part of our ceremony. If you choose to participate, you are expected to remain until the conclusion of the ceremony. This is a courtesy that we ask our graduates to extend to one another. Please review the section pertaining to Commencement Decorum when making your decision whether or not to participate in Commencement.
I hope you find this information helpful, and I hope you will be able to join us on May 20.
Mary Anne NagyVice President for Student Life and Leadership EngagementChair, Commencement Committee