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Congratulations Class of 2016!

2016/05/19 17:00:00

Whether a student, faculty member, family member or friend,
graduation is an important event that marks a momentous occasion
in the lives of our graduates and the entire GCU community.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Graduate (Master's Degree) Commencement Ceremony

5:00 p.m.: Wellness Center Arena
Guest admittance by ticket only*
Friday, May 20, 2016

Baccalaureate Mass

10:30 a.m.: Wellness Center Arena
Guests of all faiths are welcome. Tickets not required for Mass.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

2:00 p.m.: Wellness Center Arena
Guest admittance by ticket only*

Students

Commencement Attire

To ensure a dignified academic process, please conform to the following guidelines:

  • Academic attire for graduates consists of a black gown, a colored hood, and a cap with a tassel.
  • Bachelor’s degree candidates should wear their tassels to the right. Master’s degree candidates should wear their tassels to the left.
  • If you are eligible to wear an academic cord, it will be given to you by the appropriate department or honor society.
  • Apparel worn under the academic gown should be of dark colors that harmonize with the academic attire and respect the solemnity of the ceremony. Shoes should be black. Graduates should keep in mind that the procession will pass over uneven gravel paths, grassy areas, and up and down stairs, so moderation is suggested when choosing heels.
  • Nothing should be work on your academic attire or affixed to it, such as corsages, pins, or taped messages. You will be asked to remove such items during lineup. Purses and other personal items should be left with your guests.
  • Room monitors will assist with your academic hood during lineup.

*Try on and press academic attire before May 19, as gowns will be wrinkled!*

Commencement Announcements

Three free generic Commencement announcements will be available for pick up with your tickets. Personalized Commencement announcements may be ordered through the University Bookstore at 732-987-2633 for an additional charge.

Tickets

Tickets are required to enter the Wellness Center for each ceremony. Tickets are limited to four (4) per graduate for the Undergraduate Ceremony and seven (7) per graduate for the Graduate Ceremony to accommodate each participating graduate. Graduates must pick up their tickets in person, using their GCU ID, at the Grad Finale or at the Office of Conferences and Special Events, Casino 119 (near the elevator). There will be NO ADDITIONAL TICKETS AVAILABLE. Those in need of additional tickets must ask classmates or post a request to the Campus Community Forum.

Lineup

On or about Tuesday, May 17, 3:00 p.m., log on to your Self-Service account to find the room in Jeffries Hall where you will report for lineup. Lineup assignments will also be posted throughout Jeffries Hall that day. Your ceremony will start ON TIME. The academic procession leaves Jeffries Hall in sufficient time to be in the Wellness Center Arena ready to start at 5:00 p.m. (Graduate)/2:00 p.m. (Undergraduate). Weather permitting, the procession will exit Jeffries Hall behind a bagpiper, travel down Plaza East to the Apollo Fountain to meet the Board of Trustees, President’s Cabinet, President Marbach, and other dignitaries. The procession will continue up Senior Path (gravel and uphill) to go through the faculty honor guard on the way to the arena.

Class Ring/Yearbook/Formal Portraits

Class ring, formal portrait sittings, and yearbook information can be obtained from the Office of the Assistant Provost for Student Life/Dean of Students at 732-987-2311.

Name Mispronunciation/Work Request Letters

If name mispronunciation is a frequent problem for you, you will have the opportunity to provide a phonetic spelling when you pick up your guest tickets.

Working graduates who need documentation of Commencement to request time off should contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732-987-2263 or commencement@georgian.edu for an official letter by May 3.

Student Accounts/Diplomas

Prospective graduates who have an outstanding balance as of 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, will not receive a diploma. Contact the Office of Student Accounts at 732-987-2227 to ensure your account is up to date.

Diplomas will NOT be available until after the ceremony. Diplomas can be picked up at the Casino Ballroom.

Eligibility to Participate

May graduates and graduates from the preceding August and December can participate in the Commencement ceremonies. Only students who have completed all requirements for graduation are eligible to participate. Students who have one course of 4 credits or fewer left to take will also be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony even though they will not be graduating in May. If this applies to you, you must complete and submit the Lacking One Course Request to Participate in Commencement Form prior to March 31, 2016.

Application for Graduation

You must apply for graduation (Undergraduate Application | Graduate Application)—a recommended two semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date—in order to receive a diploma whether or not you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Click here for academic requirements, diploma translations, late fees, and name change information. To view deadlines, click here.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are awarded based on your cumulative grade point average earned at GCU. Click here for more information.

Calendar of Important Dates

March 5 Deadline to respond on your Self-Service regarding your decision to participate in Commencement
April 28 Grad Finale Pick up commencement materials, guest tickets & academic attire. Bring your GCU ID and YOUR SELF-SERVICE RECEIPT for pickup! Visit Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar, Alumni Association, Career Development, and the Bookstore. Optional professional portraits (additional fee). 2:00–6:00 p.m. Casino Auditorium
May 1 Deadline to inform CSE of special needs accommodations for graduates or guests at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263
May 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 Extended hours for pick-up for those who are unable to attend GradFinale. Bring your GCU ID and Self-Service Receipt. 1:00–7:00 p.m. Casino
Room 119
Saturday, May 7 Extended hours for pick-up for those who are unable to attend GradFinale. Bring your GCU ID and Self-Service Receipt. 8:00–11:00 a.m. Casino
Room 119
May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, & 18 Pick-up for those who are unable to attend GradFinale. Bring your GCU ID and Self-Service Receipt. 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Casino
Room 119
Thursday, May 19 Last chance for Pick-up. Bring your GCU ID and Self-Service Receipt. 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Casino
Room 119
Court Café open for retail dining Until 7:00 p.m.
Class of 2016 master’s degree candidates report for lineup DRESSED 4:00 p.m. SHARP! Jeffries Hall
Ticket holder seating opens 4:00 p.m. Arena
Simulcast seating opens 4:00 p.m. Casino & Little Theatre
Ticketed guests MUST be seated 4:40 p.m. Arena
Class of 2016 procession begins; entry for ticketed guests closes 4:45 p.m. Arena
Commencement Ceremony 5:00 p.m. SHARP! Arena
Entry for ticketed guests re-opens after National Anthem and Invocation have concluded 5:10 p.m. Arena
Light refreshments at conclusion of ceremony 6:15 p.m. (approx.) Casino
Diploma pickup 6:30 p.m. Ballroom
Friday, May 20 Baccalaureate Mass
Guests of all faiths welcome and encouraged to attend. Guest tickets and academic attire not required.
10:30 a.m. Arena
Court Café and Raymond Hall open for retail dining 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Class of 2016 bachelor’s degree candidates report for lineup DRESSED 1:00 p.m. SHARP! Jeffries Hall
Ticket holder seating opens 12:45 p.m. Arena
Simulcast seating opens 12:45 p.m. Casino & Little Theatre
Ticketed guests MUST be seated 1:45 p.m. Arena
Class of 2016 procession begins; entry for ticketed guests closes 1:40 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony 2:00 p.m. SHARP! Arena
Entry for ticketed guests re-opens after National Anthem and Invocation have concluded 2:10 p.m. Arena
Light refreshments at conclusion of ceremony 3:30 p.m. (approx.) Casino
Diploma pickup 3:30 p.m. Ballroom

Family & Guests

Parking

Parking will be limited, so plan to arrive early. All campus lots will be open for guest parking, and special needs parking will be available. Note: Lakewood Avenue will be one way (south from Ninth Street) to accommodate additional parking.

Special Needs Accommodations

Special needs accommodations should be requested through the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732-987-2263 or commencement@georgian.edu by May 1. Guests with special needs will be seated in an open area in the rear of the assembly area, where a health professional will be available to assist if needed. Due to limited space, only the special needs guest will be seated in this area; all other guests will be in the bleachers. You can also view the ceremony remotely in air-conditioned rooms in Jeffries Hall.

The Ceremonies

The Commencement ceremonies are held in the Wellness Center Arena. Graduates will receive tickets for their guests. Guests must then be in possession of a ticket to enter the arena. Each adult, child, and infant must have a ticket. Strollers will not be allowed in the arena.

Guests with tickets will be subject to security checks prior to entering the Wellness Center. The ceremonies are celebratory, yet solemn. Air horns, fireworks, canned string, balloons, food, skateboards, hoverboards, and/or beverages will be confiscated.

Weapons of any kind (regardless of carry permits by those not in law enforcement) are NOT permitted on the GCU premises.

Only service animals with proper owner identification are permitted on the GCU premises.

Guests without tickets are welcome to view the ceremony via simulcast in multiple campus locations. In addition, the ceremony can be viewed live at www.georgian.edu.

Memorabilia/Flowers/Photography

Flowers from the Office of Alumni Relations will be available for purchase outside the Wellness Center during Thursday’s and Friday’s events.

Photography will be provided by Island Photography. In addition to candid photos taken throughout the day, each graduate will be photographed twice as she or he receives the diploma and will have a portrait taken after exiting the stage. Students are asked not to pose on stage. Complimentary color proofs will be e-mailed to the graduate’s GCU address from Island Photography. GCU is NOT responsible for photo orders or delivery. All orders and inquiries should be handled through Island Photography at 800-863-0908 or www.islandphoto.com.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodations are available, but you should book early and make sure you ask for the GCU corporate rate. Contact any of these establishments:

Best Western Leisure Inn
1600 State Hwy. 70, Lakewood
732-367-0900

Hilton Garden Inn
1885 Route 70, Lakewood
732-262-5232

Quality Inn at Toms River
815 State Hwy. 37, Toms River
732-341-2400

Ramada Inn Toms River
U.S. Hwy. 9 & State Hwy. 70, Toms River
732-905-2626

Undergraduate Checklist

RSVP FOR COMMENCEMENT
In addition to completing your academic requirements and applying for graduation (see below), you MUST let us know that you will attend your ceremony.

State your intention of participation or nonparticipation in the Commencement exercises through your Self-Service account by clicking on the link “Respond to Commencement 2016” in the “Student Links” section, beginning February 15, but no later than March 5. Responding also guarantees a cap and gown will be ordered for you. You will receive an automatic response to your RSVP, which you will need to print out and bring with you to pick up your Commencement packet and tickets. It only takes a few seconds to RSVP!

Students who RSVP for their participation in Commencement after March 5 will be assessed an additional $50 late charge, payable at the Office of Conferences and Special Events.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION (DEGREE COMPLETION)
In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 20, you must fulfill all requirements for degree completion by May 18, 2016.* Graduation requirements, as stated in your university catalog, are summarized as follows:

  • Submit a graduation application to the Office of the Registrar by the filing deadline and pass an academic audit of degree requirements. The audit is prepared after the submission of the graduation application and is mailed to the address on record.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits required for general education and degree completion.
  • Earn the minimum number of Georgian Court University credits required overall and in each major and minor field (see current catalog).
  • Earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA overall and the minimum cumulative GPA required for your major (see current catalog).

Complete graduation policy information can be found at here. It is your responsibility to see that you are fulfilling degree requirements, including those not listed above that are particular to your degree program. If you have a question regarding your academic audit, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

*Exception: Students who have one course of 4 credits or fewer left to take will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony even though they will not be graduating in May. If this applies to you, you must complete and submit the Lacking One Course Request to Participate in Commencement Form prior to March 31. Requests to participate after this deadline may not be honored. Please see Office of the Registrar for complete rules regarding this Commencement participation option.

OUTSTANDING BILLS
The fee for graduation is $165, which was included in your last tuition bill, regardless of whether or not you participate. This includes the cost of your diploma, degree auditing, hood, cap and gown, three printed announcements, and other administrative costs. Student accounts must be settled with the Office of Student Accounts by May 15 to be able to participate. Students with outstanding accounts will NOT be permitted to walk in the ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES LOCATIONS/TICKETS

Friday, May 20, 2016
10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Mass Wellness Center Arena
2:00 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Wellness Center Arena

Special Notice:
The ceremony will be held in the Wellness Center Arena. Undergraduate participants will be issued four tickets ONLY to comply with fire code; extra tickets will not be available. The four ticketholders will be seated on the bleachers in the arena. Simulcast transmissions of the ceremonies will be available in the Casino and Jeffries Hall. We suggest that guests who need ample seating, or who have difficulty walking, climbing bleacher stairs, or sitting on bleacher seats, view the ceremony in a simulcast location.

Tickets are not necessary for the Baccalaureate Mass, which is open to graduates and their guests of all faiths. At the conclusion of the Mass, all guests and graduates will be required to vacate the Wellness Center building. The building will re-open at 12:30 p.m. for undergraduate ceremony ticketholders ONLY.

THE GRAD FINALE—BRING YOUR GCU ID AND YOUR SELF-SERVICE RECEIPT
GCU, in cooperation with our academic attire vendor, Josten’s, will host the Grad Finale for the Class of 2016 on Thursday, April 28, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium. Representatives from the offices of the Registrar, Student Accounts, Graduate Admissions, and Career Development, will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding your graduation status and preparation for life after college. The Office of Alumni and Donor Relations and many GCU alumni will also welcome you. You will be able to pick up your academic attire and Commencement info packets, including tickets required for your guests. A professional photographer will be available for optional portrait sessions.

Your academic attire may not be available at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP by the March 5th deadline.

If you can’t attend the Grad Finale, you may bring your GCU ID and your Self-Service receipt to pick up your Commencement packets (including guest tickets) and attire on one of these dates:

May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 1:00–7:00 p.m. Casino 119/Bookstore
Saturday, May 7 8:00–11:00 a.m. Casino 119/Bookstore
May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Casino 119/Bookstore
Thursday, May 19 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Casino 119/Bookstore

After you’ve picked up your Commencement packet in the Casino, proceed to the University Bookstore to pick up your academic attire. You MUST have a clearance from the Office of Conferences and Special Events to present to bookstore personnel, so report to Casino 119 first. Please make sure you have ample time to visit both locations before closing times.

Packets/tickets/academic attire must be picked up in person by the student her/himself with a current GCU ID card.

Communiversity Students: Pick up your academic attire and Commencement packets at the Lakewood campus. Follow the instructions above.

ACADEMIC ATTIRE (CAP AND GOWN)
Academic attire will automatically be ordered for students who respond that they will participate in the commencement ceremony by March 5. If you do not RSVP by then, a $50 late fee will be collected by the Office of Conferences and Special Events to place your order beginning March 6. Your academic attire may not be available at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP by March 5.

REQUEST FOR TIME OFF FROM YOUR EMPLOYER
If you need to have the university send your employer a letter, asking that you have release time from work to attend your Commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263 to provide the name and address of your supervisor, as well as your name and degree, by May 1, 2016. A signed letter will be sent directly to your supervisor and a copy sent to you.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
If you or a guest require special accommodations, please notify the Office of Conferences and Special Events at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263 by May 1. Please note that due to fire code regulations, only the special needs guest will be seated in this area; other guests will be seated in the bleachers. The special needs guest will be attended to by GCU health care professionals. Special needs guests must have a ticket.

Graduate (Master’s Degree) Checklist

RSVP FOR COMMENCEMENT
In addition to completing your academic requirements and applying for graduation (see below), you MUST let us know that you will attend your ceremony.

State your intention of participation or nonparticipation in the Commencement exercises through your Self-Service account by clicking on the link “Respond to Commencement 2016” in the “Student Links” section, beginning February 15, but no later than March 5. Responding also guarantees a cap and gown will be ordered for you. You will receive an automatic response to your RSVP, which you will need to print out and bring with you to pick up your Commencement packet and tickets. It only takes a few seconds to RSVP!

Students who RSVP for their participation in Commencement after March 5 will be assessed an additional $50 late charge, payable at the Office of Conferences and Special Events.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION (DEGREE COMPLETION)
In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 19, you must fulfill all requirements for degree completion by May 17, 2016.* Graduation requirements, as stated in your university catalog, are summarized as follows:

  • Submit a graduation application to the Office of the Registrar by the filing deadline and pass an academic audit of degree requirements. The audit is prepared after the submission of the graduation application and is mailed to the address on record.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits required for your academic program.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Complete graduation policy information can be found here. It is your responsibility to see that you are fulfilling degree requirements, including those not listed above that are particular to your degree program. If you have a question regarding your academic audit, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

*Exception: Students who have one course of 4 credits or fewer left to take will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony even though they will not be graduating in May. If this applies to you, you must complete and submit the Lacking One Course Request to Participate in Commencement Form prior to March 31. Requests to participate after this deadline may not be honored. Please see the Office of the Registrar for complete rules regarding this Commencement participation option.

OUTSTANDING BILLS
The fee for graduation is $165, which was included in your last tuition bill, regardless of whether or not you participate. This includes the cost of your diploma, degree auditing, hood, cap and gown, three printed announcements, and other administrative costs. Student accounts must be settled with the Office of Student Accounts by May 15 to be able to participate. Students with outstanding accounts will NOT be permitted to walk in the ceremony.

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES LOCATIONS/TICKETS

Thursday, May 19, 2016
5:00 p.m. Graduate (Master’s Degrees) Commencement Ceremony Wellness Center Arena
Friday, May 20, 2016
10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Mass Wellness Center Arena

Special Notice:
The ceremony will be held in the Wellness Center Arena. Graduate participants will be issued seven tickets ONLY to comply with fire code; extra tickets will not be available. The seven ticketholders will be seated on the bleachers in the arena. Simulcast transmissions of the ceremonies will be available in the Casino and Jeffries Hall. We suggest that guests who need ample seating, or who have difficulty walking, climbing bleacher stairs, or sitting on bleacher seats, view the ceremony in a simulcast location.

Tickets are not necessary for the Baccalaureate Mass, which is open to graduates and their guests of all faiths.

THE GRAD FINALE—BRING YOUR GCU ID AND YOUR SELF-SERVICE RECEIPT
GCU, in cooperation with our academic attire vendor, Josten’s, will host the Grad Finale for the Class of 2016 on Thursday, April 28, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium. Representatives from the offices of the Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Graduate Admissions, and Career Services will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding your graduation status and preparation for life after college. The Office of Alumni and Donor Engagement and many GCU alumni will also welcome you. You will be able to pick up your academic attire and Commencement info packets, including tickets required for your guests.

Your academic attire may not be available at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP by the March 5th deadline.

If you can’t attend the Grad Finale, you may bring your GCU ID and your Self-Service receipt to pick up your Commencement packets (including guest tickets) and attire on one of these dates:

May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 1:00–7:00 p.m. Casino 119/Bookstore
Saturday, May 7 8:00–11:00 a.m. Casino 119/Bookstore
May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Casino 119/Bookstore
Thursday, May 19 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Casino 119/Bookstore

After you’ve picked up your Commencement packet in the Casino, proceed to the University Bookstore to pick up your academic attire. You MUST have a clearance from the Office of Conferences and Special Events to present to bookstore personnel, so report to Casino 119 first. Please make sure you have ample time to visit both locations before closing times.

Packets/tickets/academic attire must be picked up in person by the student her/himself with a current GCU ID card.

Communiversity Students: Pick up your academic attire and Commencement packets at the Lakewood campus. Follow the instructions above.

Students in GCU Diocese of Camden Programs: If you do not attend the Grad Finale, your academic attire and Commencement packets will be distributed by a faculty member at your site after April 28. You will still need your Self-Service receipt to pick up your Commencement items.

ACADEMIC ATTIRE (CAP AND GOWN)
Academic attire will automatically be ordered for students who respond that they will participate in the commencement ceremony by March 5. If you do not RSVP by then, a $50 late fee will be collected by the Office of Conferences and Special Events to place your order beginning March 6. Your academic attire may not be available at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP by March 5.

REQUEST FOR TIME OFF FROM YOUR EMPLOYER
If you need to have the university send your employer a letter, asking that you have release time from work to attend your Commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263 to provide the name and address of your supervisor, as well as your name and degree, by May 1, 2016. A signed letter will be sent directly to your supervisor and a copy sent to you.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
If you or a guest require special accommodations, please notify the Office of Conferences and Special Events at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263 by May 1. Please note that due to fire code regulations, only the special needs guest will be seated in this area; other guests will be seated in the bleachers. The special needs guest will be attended to by GCU health care professionals. Special needs guests must have a ticket.

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