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Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the commencement ceremony?

Baccalaureate Commencement Exercises will take place at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The procession begins at 11:00 a.m., with the formal ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 1:45 p.m.  Students are asked to arrive at the ceremony by 10:15 a.m. For guests, doors open at 9:00 a.m.; guests should arrive by 10:30 a.m. Parking opens at 8:30 a.m.

Separate graduate ceremonies will take place in various locations both on and off the South Orange Campus.

Do I need tickets for my family/friends who are attending Commencement?

For the Baccalaureate Commencement at the PNC Bank Arts Center, each graduate will receive a maximum of 4 guest tickets for seating under the arena dome. Guests without tickets may sit on the lawn areas; the arena will provide chairs for lawn seating, weather permitting. Undergraduate degree candidates will receive a number of souvenir invitations in their commencement packet when they pick up their academic attire. These invitations are not tickets to the ceremony and cannot be used for admission to guest seating at the ceremony. Please note: If a child is able to walk, they need a ticket.  In accordance with fire safety regulations, strollers are not permitted in the amphitheater.

For the Baccalaureate Mass and the President's Reception on Sunday, May 14, students may bring an unlimited number of guests. For the Undergraduate Academic Awards Ceremony, students may bring 4 guests.

Some graduate commencement ceremonies limit the number of guests; graduate degree candidates will receive this information from their college.

How do I get my guest tickets for the PNC Arts Center graduation ceremony?

Students will access a secure link to the vendor handling the online ticket distribution.

What about caps & gowns?

Academic attire for undergraduate and graduate students has been ordered; no individual measurements are needed in advance. Students with special sizing requirements should send an e-mail in advance of attire distribution to registrar@shu.edu with specifics including name, student I.D. number and contact information.

Undergraduate degree candidates please note: before you can pick up your academic attire, you must have completed the online Career Center Graduate Survey.

Academic attire for undergraduate and graduate (not doctoral) students will be distributed in the University Library, Beck Rooms A-C during the following periods:

Wednesday, May 3 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 5 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Students borrowing Seton Hall-owned doctoral attire will be contacted with pickup times and details.

Faculty may pick up their attire during the following periods in Beck Rooms B-C:

Wednesday, May 3 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 4 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Faculty Only!
Thursday, May 4 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 5 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
How much is the cap & gown rental fee?

There is no charge for the rental of academic attire.

What do I do with my academic attire after Commencement?

Immediately following Commencement, all baccalaureate graduates must return their gown at the designated areas at the PNC Bank Arts Center.  Students may retain their cap/tassel and Stole of Gratitude. Master and Ed.S. graduates will return their gown and hood at the drop-off locations at their ceremony site. They may retain their caps but must return their gowns and hoods. Doctoral candidates must return their academic attire to the Office of the Registrar within one week after the ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be available by mid-July for mailing or in-person pick up.

If you have elected to pick up your diploma in person, please come to the Office of the Registrar in Bayley Hall. Remember to bring identification with you when picking up your diploma. Diplomas will not be released without identification of the recipient. If someone else is picking up your diploma for you, you must give him or her a signed authorization indicating that you are giving permission to have your diploma picked up. Without the authorization, diplomas will not be released.

Diplomas will not be released to any student who has an outstanding financial obligation to the University.

Where do I or my guests park at the PNC Bank Arts Center

Parking is ample at the PNC Bank Arts Center but you may be required to park in one of the remote areas.  If you do park in one of the lots on the perimeter of PNC Bank Arts Center, shuttle buses will be available for you and your guests.  Parking opens at 8:30 a.m.  Please note that traffic will be heavy the day of Commencement and additional time should be allotted for travel to and from PNC Bank Arts Center.

Where do I sit during Commencement?

Students will assemble in designated assembly areas according to their degree.  Faculty marshals will be present at these locations  and will assist in lining up students for the procession. Students will process into the arena in groups by degree. Students may refer to the seating chart that they received in their packet.
Note: If you would like to sit with your friends, walk in back or in front of them. Do not stand beside them, as the lines will split.

For information about graduate college-related events, please contact the following:
  • College of Arts and Sciences - Dr. Michael Dooney, (973) 275-2155
  • College of Communication and the Arts -  Dr. Ryan Hudes, (973) 275-4832
  • College of Education and Human Services - Mayra Colon, (973) 761-9025
  • College of Nursing:
    Graduate Students - Theresa Deehan, (973) 761-9619
    Undergraduates -  Theresa Deehan, (973) 761-9619
  • Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology - Veronica Haegele (973) 313-6329
  • School of Health and Medical Sciences:    
    Division of Health Sciences Commencement ceremony - Lori Riley, (973) 313-6077
    Division of Medical Residencies and Fellowships - Kate Sheppard, (973) 275-4880
  • Stillman School of Business - Leigh Onimus, (973) 313-6058
  • School of Diplomacy and International Relations - Diana Riccards  (973)  313-6174
What if I need disability accommodations at graduation related events?

We encourage students or guests who need accommodations to notify the Office of Disability Support Services at (973) 313-6003 at least two weeks in advance of the event. If the office is not contacted in a timely fashion, we cannot guarantee that the requested accommodations will be available. Individuals should bring their own or rented wheel chairs or walkers, if they have limited mobility for all events.

Will there be sign language interpreters at graduation?

If you are in need of interpreters for any other graduation event on campus, please call the DSS office at (973) 313-6003 at least two weeks prior to the event. If you do not adhere to that timeline, we cannot guarantee that this accommodation will be made.

Is handicapped seating available at the PNC Bank Arts Center? Where?

Accessible seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchair accessible seats include one space for a companion. We recommend arriving early for the best accessible seating.

The ADA parking lot is adjacent to the ADA entrance but it is then another 200 yards to the ADA Ramp leading onto the theatre.

There is a shuttle from the parking areas to the entrance. Also, guests with accessibility needs can be dropped off near the entrance, prior to parking the vehicle. Anyone needing this accommodation should contact Disability Support Services  (973) 313-6003 for information.

Is the Bookstore open? What time?

The University Bookstore schedule is available here.

How long after Commencement can I stay in my residence hall?

Graduating resident students must check out of their rooms by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16.

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