COMMENCEMENT 2021 FAQ’S

Master & Doctoral Hooding and Commencement – May 5th 6:00 pm
Bachelor of Science & Associate of Science Degree Ceremony – May 8th at 9:00 am
Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Social Work Degree Ceremony – May 8th at 1:00 pm

Commencement 2020 FAQs

How many tickets can I get for Commencement and where do I get them?

While we wish we could accommodate all requests for tickets, due to COVID protocols and required social distancing, we must strictly limit the number students, guests, staff, and faculty in attendance.

Each graduate will receive 2 tickets to their specific Commencement event.

Tickets will be distributed at the time of cap & gown pick up.

Only ticketed guests will be allowed into the tent on Commencement day. Graduates are strongly encouraged to let their families know that the ceremony will be live-streamed. The link to the live-stream will be available on the Commencement page of the Centenary University website.

Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced, so please handle your tickets with care.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns will be available for pickup, along with your two Commencement tickets, in the Registrar’s Office on the lower level of the Seay Administration Building. SPS students who previously indicated pick up in Parsippany will be able to pick up their regalia in Parsippany. You will receive emails in the coming weeks when caps & gowns are available for pick up.

Can I get my cap and gown shipped to me?

No, we cannot ship caps and gowns. The Commencement regalia will be available for pickup in the Registrar’s Office in the Seay Administration Building.

If you have already graduated, live out of state and pick up is impossible, please send an email explaining your special circumstances to Registrar@centenaryuniversity.edu. Those students can pick up their regalia on the day of Commencement.

Can I get my two tickets mailed to me?

No. If you have already graduated, live out of state, and pick up is impossible you may pick up your tickets on the day of your Commencement event.

If you fit this description, please send an email explaining your special circumstances to Registrar@centenaryuniversity.edu.

Where/how do I get my medal, stoles and/or cords?

Please reach out to your respective organization or honors society regarding stoles or cords.

Latin honors medals will be distributed at the time of graduation check-in. Students who graduated in January will receive their Latin honors medals at the time of cap & gown pick up.

Can I have my roommate, or a friend pick up my cap and gown?

Yes. If you would like to have someone else pick up your regalia, please send an email to Registrar@centenaryuniversity.edu, telling us the name of the person (one name only) you are authorizing to do so. That person can pick up your cap and gown at the Registrar’s Office. He or she will have to show their student ID and sign a form stating that they have received your cap and gown.

Can I have my roommate, or a friend pick up my Commencement tickets?

Yes. If you would like to have someone else pick up your tickets, please send an email to Registrar@centenaryuniversity.edu, telling us the name of the person (one name only) you are authorizing to do so. That person can pick up your tickets at the Registrar’s Office. He or she will have to show their student ID and sign a form stating that they have received your tickets. If the tickets are lost no duplicate tickets will be issued.

Can I pick up my cap and gown on the day of Commencement?

Yes, if you have already graduated, live out of state, and have received permission to do so ahead of time from the Registrar’s Office. Please send an email explaining your special circumstances to Registrar@centenaryuniversity.edu.

Commencement regalia for all others will be available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office. You will receive an email when they are available for pick up.

Where is Commencement being held?

The Commencement ceremony will be held, rain or shine, under a large tent on Anderson Field, which is directly behind Anderson Hall. This location has been chosen because it offers the greatest level of comfort and convenience to our graduates and their families, particularly those with disabilities or special needs. Anderson Field is adjacent to the David and Carol Lackland Center, which means much easier access to accessible bathrooms and parking.

What time do I need to arrive?

For the MA, MBA, MEd & EdD Hooding/Commencement ceremony - Graduates must check in between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm in front of the Lackland Building. Graduates will check in at the Registrar’s table to receive their Reader Name Card and then go to their numbered seat in the tent.

For the BS and AS Commencement ceremony – Graduates must check in between 7:00 am and 8:30 am in front of the Lackland Building. Graduates will check in at the Registrar’s table to receive their Reader Name Card and then go to their numbered seat in the tent.

For the BA, AA, BFA and BSW Commencement ceremony – Graduates must check in between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm in front of the Lackland Building. Graduates will check in at the Registrar’s table to receive their Reader Name Card and then go to their numbered seat in the tent.

There will be a Registrar’s table with the Reader Name Cards for each group. You must check in to receive your Reader Name Card!

Students may not switch from their assigned Commencement ceremony. Tickets will be color coded according to the specific event.

The tent will open for ticketed guests one hour prior to the start time of the event. Guests must be seated no later than 15 minutes before the start of the event.

Graduates will not gather and robe together, and there will not be a graduation processional, but parents can get photos of their students at the front gates, by the fountain, or in front of the iconic gold dome.

What happens if it rains?

The Commencement ceremony will be held under the tent at Anderson Field, rain or shine. We will monitor the weather forecasts closely, and any weather-related changes will be announced on the Centenary website the night before the Commencement event.

How can I find out if I am academically eligible to graduate?

Only students who have already submitted Applications for Degree Conferral may participate in the Commencement ceremony. If there are questions regarding a student’s academic eligibility they will be contacted by the Registrar’s Office.

Can I graduate if I still have an outstanding bill?

For billing questions, please call the Student Accounts Office at 908-852-1400, ext. 2245, or studentaccounts@centenaryuniversity.edu.

My family member needs disability-related seating or special accommodations. How do I make arrangements for that?

There will be disability-related parking available in the Faculty/Staff parking lot, accessed from Plane Street. This will be for individuals who have made a prior request, present with a current medical need and/or have a disability parking placard.

To make a request for a disability-related accommodation for commencement, please fill out this form.

For additional information please contact Julie Gallup at 908.852.1400, ext. 2051, or Julie.Gallup@Centenaryuniversity.edu.

Where can I park on the day of Commencement?

Parking will be available in multiple locations, but obviously the earlier you arrive, the easier it will be to park. The Commencement ceremony will take place under a large tent on Anderson Field, directly behind Anderson Hall. Parking will be available at:

• The David and Carol Lackland Center parking lot, accessed from 3rd Avenue
• The side streets around the University (please heed all local signage and regulations)
• Disability-related parking in the Faculty/Staff parking lot, accessed from Plane St. This must be pre-arranged; please see details in question 14 above.

Will the university be hosting a Baccalaureate ceremony this year?

Yes, the Baccalaureate ceremony will be pre-recorded and will be released during the week of Commencement. More information will be forthcoming but any questions should be directed to Pastor Tim at Timothy.Nicinski@CentenaryUniversity.edu.

Will there be Senior week events?

Yes, Student Life will be providing a schedule of exciting and socially distanced senior celebratory events the week of Commencement. More information will be forthcoming but any questions should be directed to Student Life at Student.Life@CentenaryUniversity.edu.

What other events are going on during Commencement week?

For information on other events during Commencement week, please contact the Student Life office at 908.852.1400, ext. 4291, or Student.Life@CentenaryUniversity.edu.

Will there be a graduation rehearsal?

Due to COVID we will not be holding a graduation rehearsal. A walkthrough video will be posted on the website. Please review prior to arriving for your respective ceremony.

I said I wasn’t going to participate, but I’ve changed my mind.

If you did not submit your Application for Degree Conferral form when it was due, we have not ordered a cap and gown for you, so unfortunately, it is too late to change your mind. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Registrar’s office at 908-852-1400, ext. 2214, or registrar@centenaryuniversity.edu.

May I decorate my cap?

Yes, but please keep in mind this is a formal ceremony and we ask that all cap decorations be done respectfully and in good taste. Student Life will be conducting a cap decorating contest and will follow up with more information.

What are the COVID protocols?

All graduates, guests, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks at all times while on the Centenary premises. No one will be admitted to the event without one.

All graduates, guests, faculty, and staff must complete a COVID-19 screening.

  • The screening can be done using the Campus Clear app (find links to download below) and will only take a minute to complete. Upon completion of the screening, you will receive a confirmation. You may be asked to show proof of the screening confirmation prior to entering the tent. If anyone does not have access to a smart phone or the app; the person can access a self-screening form in the ticket table.

Undergraduate students please complete the community service survey by using the link below:

What about the Class of 2020?

Graduates from the Class of 2020 are invited back for a Twilight Reception, hosted by the Alumni Association Executive Board and the Office of Alumni Relations, Friday, May 7th from 5-7pm.

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