Commencement FAQ

Spring 2020 Commencement Formal Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony  

The University is hosting Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 on the Galloway campus Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13 in the Sports Center.

Class of 2021 graduates who have completed their degree requirements in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 terms.  Those who anticipate degree completion in the Spring 2021 term,  applied for graduation, and have pre-ordered their Stockton regalia are eligible to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremonies Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, 2021.  Also, those approved who appealed to “walk” without graduating in the Spring 2021 term. 

Graduates cannot request to be moved to an alternate ceremony. Each ceremony was scheduled based on projected participation and state mandated capacity limits for the venue.

Guest Tickets

There will be a limit of three guests per graduate. The guest tickets will be distributed electronically from to the graduates email address no later than May 1, 2021.  Graduates should monitor their email account (checking the junk mail folder as appropriate).  The graduate is responsible for distributing the electronic tickets to the guests. Only three guests will be permitted to enter the ceremony site using the guest tickets. Guest tickets will be scanned at entry with a limit of one scan per ticket. Guests can either print the ticket or display the scan code on an electronic device. It is suggested that guests download and save a screenshot of their tickets to their device before arriving on campus. Guests will be seated individually or in household trios or pairs, six feet apart from other guests. 

Due to state mandated capacity limits, there will be no additional guest tickets available. Each ceremony will be broadcast via livestream at for those unable to attend in person. 

Commencement Day Information

Graduates and guests should arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to their ceremony start time to avoid cross-over with other ceremonies. 

Please see the parking map below. Campus Police will be on-site to assist with parking direction.

Guest seating will be general admission in the bleachers. Guests will be seated individually or in household pairs or trios, six feet apart from other guests. 

Graduates will be assigned a seat number at the check-in. There will be no ceremony processional. 
Each ceremony will be about an hour.
Each ceremony will be broadcast via livestream at for those unable to attend in person. 
Unfortunately, due to state mandated capacity limits for social events and limited turnover time between ceremonies, graduates and their guests will be asked to depart from campus following the ceremony.  
The Campus Center Bookstore will be open from 8:00am - 6:00pm.

Health and Safety

All graduates and their guests will be required to complete the Stockton University COVID-19 Visitor Health Pledge prior to arrival to campus on the day of their assigned ceremony. 

All attendees and staff are expected to abide by the University Health and Safety Guidelines including but not limited to, providing their own face covering and wearing it in all public settings.   

Smoking is prohibited in all facilities, parking lots, and walk-ways. Smoking is permitted only in the gazebo structures designated for this purpose.


General guest seating will be in the bleachers. ADA seating will be available on the arena floor. Graduate seating will be on the arena floor. If a guest or graduate requires a wheelchair, they should plan to provide their own.  

Yes. Please see the parking map below. Campus Police will be on-site to assist with parking.

American Sign Language interpretation for the hearing impaired will be shown on the arena screens.


No. The graduation fee of $165 is non-refundable (one time per degree level) and charged to all graduating students that apply for graduation. This fee covers all expenses associated with graduation. All students are charged this University fee regardless of ceremony participation. If the graduation fee is paid after the closing date, a fee of $225 is charged for the late graduation application. This fee is charged to applicants for each degree level: Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral.  In a case where a student has received a prior degree from the University, this fee is applicable for the new degree level.

The cap and gown (regalia) ordering deadline has passed.

All graduates who have ordered regalia should recieved an email with pick up instructions.

Only undergraduate degree candidates with GPA based Latin honors will receive an official honor cord. Latin honor cords will be distributed at the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies.

Questions pertaining to all other specialized regalia should be directed to your group's advisor, coach, program leader etc. 

Diplomas for all spring graduating students who complete all academic requirements and have no outstanding obligations to the University will receive their diploma in the fall. Diplomas for fall and summer graduates are mailed about 12 to 14 weeks after degree completion. If you have questions about your diploma, please email the Office of the Registrar at for more information.  The Bachelor's diploma size is 8.5' x 11" and the Masters and Doctoral diploma size is 11" x 14".

Diploma covers will be distributed at the 2021 Commencement Ceremonies. 

Spring 2021 Commencement Map

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Event Services and Campus Center Operations at 609.652.4878 or at least 5 business days in advance of your participation or visit.