Commencement FAQ

Spring 2020 Commencement Formal Ceremony


Stockton University is pleased to announce plans to hold our 2020 Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Galloway Campus. 

Senator Cory Booker's Message For Stockton University's Class Of 2020

Commencement Ceremony  

The University is hosting Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 on the Galloway campus Friday, October 23, 2020. The deadline to register to participate in the ceremonies has passed. No additional requests will be accepted. Ceremony time assignments have been sent to the graduate’s email address listed on the participation registration form and posted at 

Class of 2020 graduates who were approved to participate in the May 2020 eCommencement ceremony, have secured their Stockton regalia, and RSVP’d their intent to attend will be eligible to participate in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony on October 23, 2020. 

Due to state mandated capacity limits for outdoor graduation events, graduates cannot request to be moved to an alternate ceremony.  

Commencement Ceremony Times 2020
Guest Tickets

There will be a limit of two guests per graduate. The two guest tickets will be distributed electronically from approximately 2 weeks prior to the ceremony to the email address already provided in the participation registration form. The graduate is responsible for distributing the electronic tickets to the guests. Only two 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. Guests will be seated individually or in household 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 broadcasted via livestream at for family and friends unable to attend in person. 

Commencement Day Information

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

There will be two ceremony sites with separate dedicated parking. Be sure to report to the correct location and park in the designated lots.  Campus Police will be on-site to assist with parking directions. Click here to view the map.
Guest seating will be general admission. There will be two ceremony sites so please be sure to report to the correct location. Guests will be seated individually or in household pairs, six feet apart from other guests. 

Graduates will be assigned a seat number at the check-in tent. There will be no ceremony processional or recessional. 
Each ceremony will be broadcasted via livestream at for family and friends 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.  
In the event of light precipitation during the ceremony, guests using umbrellas will be asked to sit or stand at the back of the ceremony site so as not to block the view of others. Complimentary ponchos will be distributed upon request.  In the event of inclement weather requiring postponement, a rain date is scheduled for Saturday, October 24. If the University needs to reschedule due to inclement weather, an announcement will be sent to the graduate’s email no later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 22 and posted at 

Health and Safety

All graduates and their two guests will be required to complete the Stockton University COVID-19 Visitor Health Pledge prior to arrival to campus on October 23. 

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.  

Anyone traveling from a state on the COVID-19 travel advisory list should self-quarantine for 14 days prior to the ceremony.  
Smoking is prohibited in all facilities, parking lots, and walk-ways. Smoking is permitted only in the gazebo structures designated for this purpose.


All seating will be ground level and wheelchair accessible. If a guest or graduate requires a wheelchair, they should plan to provide their own.   
ADA parking will be available as shown on the parking map. Campus Police will be on-site to assist with parking. Click here to view the map.
ASL interpreters will be available with designated seating. Please email to request this service. 


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.

Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Graduates:
The regalia ordering deadline was July 31. Multiple emails were sent to graduates with a link to the Jostens online ordering website and is now closed.

Doctoral Degree Graduates:
Rental regalia on-campus pickup dates have been emailed to graduates who placed an rental order. Rentals cannot be mailed. Doctoral candidates who purchased fine quality gowns should have already received them at their home address. Doctoral candidates who would like to purchase fine quality regalia can do so through Jostens.

On-campus pickup will be at the Campus Center Information Booth during the dates and times listed below. No appointment is needed. Please wear a face covering and provide the staff at the information booth with your first and last name. If you are not able to pickup your regalia someone else can pickup on your behalf.

On-campus pickup dates are for pre-ordered regalia ONLY:

Friday, October 9 - 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, October 10 - 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, October 11 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Friday, October 23, the day of the Spring 2020 Formal Commencement Ceremony.

Only undergraduate degree candidates with GPA based Latin honors will receive an official honor cord. Latin honor cords will be distributed at the Spring 2020 Formal Commencement Ceremony.

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 2020 Formal Commencement Ceremony

 2020 Campus Map