Commencement Ceremony Eligibility Information
The Application to Participate in the Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony without completing degree requirements will be available on or after Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
For application to Participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony without completing degree requirements click here (on or after January 23, 2019).
Graduation and Participation in Commencement Ceremony:
The Commencement Ceremony is an institutional activity developed to honor the graduates in a public ceremony. Participation in the Commencement Ceremony is optional and limited to those students who have graduated by completing all academic criteria prior to the deadlines established and who have satisfied all financial obligations (e.g., fees, fines) to the University. To officially graduate from Stockton University, a student in his or her last term must submit an application online located at the Student Services tab within the goPortal. (Go to Registrar's webpage for more information.) Upon receipt of the application for graduation, a Certification for Graduation Form will be circulated to the appropriate preceptor, program coordinator, Dean of General Studies and school dean for completion and approval. The completed form is then submitted to the Office of the Registrar for review and certification. The initiation of this process is the student’s responsibility.
Participation in 2019 Commencement Ceremony:
The Commencement Ceremony is designed to recognize the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. Students who have applied for graduation by the established date, and pending successful completion of the final semester’s course work, will have completed their respective degree requirements, are eligible to participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
Undergraduate students who have not completed degree requirements may be eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony under the following circumstances:
- Undergraduate students will have earned a minimum of 120 or more credits (118 when factoring in 5 credit outstanding courses) by the date of the ceremony, but have a maximum of eight outstanding credits (10 credit maximum for 5 credit outstanding courses) to meet all requirements for the degree;
- Undergraduate students who apply for graduation or appeal to participate in the commencement ceremony prior to the deadline for late graduation. Not applying by that deadline forfeits inclusion in the Commencement Ceremony and program.
Permission to participate in the ceremony must be granted by the Office of the Registrar. Complete and submit the application form (on or after January 23, 2019). This application to participate must be received by the Office of the Registrar by the late graduation application deadline (coinciding with last day to withdraw with a “W” grade). Students can contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The University recognizes that certain graduate programs require their students to complete their degree requirements in the summer following the 2018 Graduate Commencement Ceremony. With that requirement in place the University will afford those graduate students the privilege to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony without completing degree requirements.
For all other graduate programs, faculty reserve the right to require degree completion for participation in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Rare exceptions to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony may be made on a case by case basis. Permission to participate is required from the Graduate Program Director and the Office of the Registrar. When permission from a Graduate Program Director is granted, the Graduate student must complete the ceremony participation application form (on or after January 23, 2019) by the late graduation application deadline (coinciding with last day to withdraw with a “W” grade). Students can contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com with questions.