Commencement FAQ

Spring 2020 Commencement Formal Ceremony

Following feedback from a survey sent to all graduating students in April, Stockton is planning a traditional in-person commencement ceremony later this year.

The Spring 2020 Formal Commencement Ceremony will celebrate Doctoral, Masters and Baccalaureate graduates who had their degrees conferred at the May 15 eCommencement. The Class of 2020 graduates will receive an invitation to the event through their email account when a date, time and location for the event are finalized. Check this page for updates throughout the summer.

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

Commencement Ceremony  

At this time, the University is considering all options and will provide more information when a decision has been made.

At this time, only graduates who were approved to participate in the May 2020 ceremonies will be eligible to participate in the Spring 2020 Formal Commencement Ceremony. 


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:
A link to the Jostens online ordering website has been sent to the graduate's Stockton email address. All regalia must be pre-ordered by July 31. Graduates will have the following options for distribution:

    • Shipped to the University: On-campus pickup of pre-ordered regalia. On-campus pickup dates will be announced once it has been determined to be safe for students to return to campus. Pickup will also be available the day of the Spring 2020 Formal Commencement ceremony. There is no additional cost to the graduate for this option.
    • Shipped to the Graduate’s Home: Mailing of pre-ordered regalia to graduate’s home for a shipping and handling fee of $12.95. Regalia will be shipped to the graduate’s home five to six weeks after an order is placed.

Doctoral Degree Graduates:
Doctoral rental and fine quality regalia orders should have been completed in the early Spring, so no action is needed at this time. Rental regalia on-campus pickup dates will be announced once it has been determined to be safe to return to campus. Pickup will also be available the day of the ceremony. 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

If you did not receive the link to the Jostens online ordering website and believe you should have please email

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

Questions pertaining to all other specialized regalia should be directed to your group's advisor, coach, program leader etc. 

Stockton’s top priority remains keeping our community healthy and safe amid the global outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Consequently, the University has canceled all Graduate Send Off Events scheduled for May. We are sorry for the cancellation!

For more information on refunds please visit the Ticket Refund FAQ's page.

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 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 Spring 2020 Formal Commencement Ceremony

Yes, as long as they have completed their Graduation Application and completed their degree requirements. Students should always verify their degree has been conferred by viewing their unofficial transcript.

Parents and Families

Families and guests should cancel all travel or accommodation plans for May 2020.