Please note that while Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall is fully compliant with the American Disabilities Act, the facility is very large. Due to the sheer size, it may be difficult for individuals with limited mobility to navigate the distance from the available parking area(s) to the arena or concourse seating areas. Please refer to the following special needs parking and seating information as you make decisions and arrangements. Special needs parking and seating accommodations are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Special needs parking is available in the parking garage below Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Please follow signage and attendant direction upon arrival.
Special needs seating is limited, so please arrive early and see an usher for assistance. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer reserved seating. Additionally, special needs seating locations will be restricted to guests with special seating needs and one assistant, or family member. Guests who are unable to navigate stairs or the escalator will be given priority access to elevators.
Commencement Day Information
No, Boardwalk Hall is not the same location as the Atlantic City Convention Center. Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall is located directly on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The address is 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
The doors to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall will open at 10:00am for guest seating.
Yes, there will be limited concessions available for guests to purchase on the concourse level. It will be a long day so it is recommended that graduates and guests eat breakfast prior to arrival.
No, please do not bring these items into Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. If you are in possession of them you will be asked to take them back to your vehicle.
It is recommended that individuals refrain from bringing large bags unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e. - diaper bags). Large bags will be subject to search.
The ceremony is estimated to be approximately 2.5 hours.
Yes, there will be flower sales on the concourse level. Net proceeds will benefit the Stockton University Women's Volleyball Team.
Yes, the bookstore will be on site with a selection of Stockton University items for purchase.
Yes re-entry will be allowed but all guests must have a ticket.
The ceremony is scheduled to end approximately 2.5 hours after the start. Making a reservations 3 to 3.5 hours after the start of the ceremony should be sufficient. However, please factor in time to exit the building, meet your loved ones, and reach your destination.
Yes, the live feed will be posted on the Commencement website the week of the ceremony. The ceremony will also be streamed to Dante Hall Theatre - 14 N Mississippi Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. No tickets are needed to view the ceremony live feed at Dante Hall.
To learn about participating in the Commencement Ceremony before completing degree requirements click here.
Graduation is the successful completion of all major requirements AND the awarding of a degree. At Stockton, students can graduate three times a year -- May, August, and December. Students must complete the online Graduation Application in order to begin the graduation process.
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.
Regalia & Diploma
April 20 & 21, 2020
10:00am - 6:00pm
Campus Center Event Room
Our regalia vendor, Jostens, will be on campus for these two days ONLY.
Graduates between 4'10" and 7'0" gown fitting and distribution will be done on-site. Graduates who do not fall within this height range should email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1 to make alternate arrangements.
Graduates who have had Federal Direct Loans while at Stockton must complete EXIT counseling. Graduates will not be able to pick up regalia or guest tickets if EXIT counseling has not been completed. Graduates with questions about loans should contact Financial Aid at (609) 652-4203.
Yes, the individual picking must have the graduates Z-number, height and weight to determine the size of your gown.
There is a replacement cost for lost caps and gowns. If you have lost your cap and gown please email email@example.com.
Candidates for graduation who will be participating in commencement should pay careful attention to what Stockton deems appropriate and inappropriate commencement regalia. Please refer to the information below.
- Black Gown
- Black Mortarboard or Cap
- Latin Honors Cord, if earned, for Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude
- Veterans Cord, for student veterans
- Stole or pin to signify membership in a Stockton-authorized group, i.e., sororities, EOF, a specific program, etc.
Inappropriate and unauthorized adornments:
- Any cord other than those mentioned above
- Any medallion
- More than one stole
- Any adornment that is not specific to the current commencement ceremony (e.g., candidates for the master’s or doctorate should not wear an honors cord they were awarded as an undergraduate)
Candidates who wish to show their creativity or excitement for graduating may decorate the top of their mortarboards; this is the only ornamentation that is permitted.
Only undergraduate degree candidates with Latin honors will receive an official honor cord at Grad Finale.
Questions pertaining to all other specialized regalia should be directed to your group's advisor, coach, program leader etc.
Master's and Baccalaureate degree candidates may keep their cap, tassel, gown and hood. Faculty, staff and the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree candidates who rented a gown will need to return their rented gown and hood to the designated location after the ceremony. They may keep their cap and tassel.
Diplomas for all spring graduating students who complete all academic requirements and have no outstanding obligations to the University will receive their diploma at the end of August. Diplomas for fall and summer graduates are mailed about 12 to 14 weeks after degree completion. If you have questions about your diploma, please call the Office of the Registrar at 609.652.4235 for more information. The Bachelor's diploma size is 8.5' x 11".
Six guest tickets are given to each graduate at Grad Finale. This number is determined by the estimated number of students marching in relation to the fire code limit for Boardwalk Hall. Children and infants need a ticket, but due to the length of the ceremony and lack of stroller space, it is recommended that children under the age of three not attend. The ceremony can be viewed live via webstream the day of the ceremony.
Due to the high number of students who have applied for graduation, we expect to be at maximum seating capacity at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Therefore, no additional guest tickets will be available. For guests not able to obtain a ticket, the ceremony can be viewed via live web-stream from the Commencement website. The ceremony will also be streamed to Dante Hall Theatre - 14 N Mississippi Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. No tickets are needed to view the ceremony live feed at Dante Hall.
It is imperative that guest tickets be safeguarded. Replacements are only possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org should replacement tickets be required, an administrative fee of $60 will be charged to your account and original tickets will be rendered electronically invalid.
No, all guest seating will be general admission. It is recommended that groups arrive together if they would like to be seated together. Saving seats will not be permitted.
Should this occur, guests will be directed to the problem resolution area. Please know, resolving this may require time and significantly delay your admittance to the ceremony. No guests will be permitted access without an official ticket.