Yes, special needs parking will be available. Campus Police will be on site providing direction. Let an officer know you need special needs parking and they will direct you to the correct lot. Disability placards are not required. Guests who arrive early will also have the option to drop off special needs guests at the back door then park.

Special-needs seating will be available upon arrival. When the guests arrive they should ask an usher for assistance. Ushers will make every effort to seat the entire party together however it is not guaranteed. Please arrive early to ensure your party will be seated together. Stockton University does not have wheelchairs to loan out. 

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 event.services@stockton.edu at least 5 business days in advance of your participation or visit.

Yes, there will be sign language interpreters at the ceremony. The interpreters will be shown as a picture in picture on the projection screens in the Sports Center.

Ceremony Details

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 now occurs once a year (in May). Participation in the Commencement ceremony is not required and does not guarantee the awarding of a degree. 

The hooding ceremony dates back to medieval times when faculty mentors hooded students. At Stockton, this honor is bestowed upon a program faculty member.

No, the hood should remain off and unbuttoned and you will be hooded on stage. You will enter into the Sports Center with the hood draped over our right arm. Again, please make sure the hood remains unbuttoned. More details will be provided during lineup.

10:00 a.m.          Hooding check–in & line-up Campus Center Grand Hall

10:55  a.m.          Processional will begin promptly

11:00  a.m.          All candidates will be in the Sports Center, ceremony begins

12:15  p.m.          Approximate Conclusion of the Hooding Ceremony

12:15-1:30 p.m.  Reception in the Campus Center Event Room 

Commencement Day Information

Please follow Campus Police direction when you arrive on campus.

Candidates will report to the Campus Center, no later than 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Doors will open approximately 60 minutes prior to the advertised start time of the ceremony. 

Yes, some of the on campus food service operations will be open the day of the ceremony. Please note that food and beverage are not allowed in the Sports Center Arena. There will be a light reception in the Campus Center after the ceremony.

No, please do not bring these items into the Sports Center. If you are in possession of them you will be asked to take them back to your vehicle.

Students and guests are encouraged to meet at the reception, immediately following the ceremony, in the Campus Center Event Room.

The ceremony is scheduled to end approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes after the start, directly followed by a reception in the Campus Center. Making a reservation 2 hours after the start of the ceremony should be sufficient. However, please give time for departure traffic from the parking lots and the amount of time it takes to reach your destination.

Yes, the ceremony will be live streamed. The link to the live stream will be posted to the Commencement website the week of the ceremony.


To learn about participating in the Commencement Ceremony before completing degree requirements click here.

Regalia & Diploma

Grad Finale
April 20 & 21, 2020
10:00am - 6:00pm
Campus Center Event Room

Recieve your cap, gown, and more!

If you have had Federal Direct Loans while at Stockton please be sure you complete your EXIT counseling. You will not be permitted to pick up your cap and gown if you have not completed your EXIT counseling. If you are unsure, please contact Financial Aid at (609) 652-4203.

Yes, the individual picking up your regalia must know your Z-number, your height and weight. To determine the size of your gown, height and weight are used. If you have had Federal Direct Loans while at Stockton please be sure you complete your EXIT counseling. Cap and gown pickup will not be permitted if you have not completed your EXIT counseling. If you are unsure, please contact Financial Aid at (609) 652-4203. 

There is a cost for a replacement cap and gown. Please email commencement@stockton.edu if you have lost your cap and gown.

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.

Required Regalia:

  • Black Gown
  • Black Mortarboard or Cap
  • Tassel
  • Hood
  • Shoes

Optional Regalia:

  • Veterans Cord, for student veterans
  • Program Distinction stole (for participating programs only, refer to your Program Handbook for more information.)
  • Stole or pin to signify membership in a Stockton-authorized group

Inappropriate and unauthorized adornments:

  • Any cord other than those mentioned above
  • 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.

Master's degree candidates may keep their cap, tassel, gown and hood. Faculty, staff and the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree candidates who rented a regalia 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 the end of August. Diplomas for fall and summer graduates are mailed about 12 to 14 weeks after degree competion. If you have questions about your diploma, please call the Office of the Registrar at 609.652.4235 for more information. The Masters and Doctoral diploma size is 11" x 14".

 An Official Transcript is a printed transcript that contains an official college seal, which can be used to verify your degree. Most commonly, Official Transcripts are used for employment purposes, applying to graduate school or transferring to another institution. An Unofficial Transcript can only be viewed and printed from the students online account and is primarily used for personal reasons.

 There is no cost for transcripts. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.


No, tickets are not needed for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

No, this event is general admission.