Georgian Court University Seal

Congratulations Class of 2019!

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 2, 2019

Grad Finale

1:30–6:30 p.m.: Casino
Pick up Commencement materials & academic attire.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Baccalaureate Mass

9:00 a.m.: Wellness Center Arena
Guests and graduates of all faiths are welcome. Tickets not required.

Commencement Ceremony—WEATHER PERMITTING

11:30 a.m.: Soccer Field

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY

12:30 p.m.: Wellness Center Arena
Guest admittance to arena by ticket only. Other guests may view ceremony in simulcast in Casino Auditorium and Little Theatre.

Light Refreshments

2:00 p.m.: Casino Auditorium

Graduate Commencement Ceremony—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY

4:30 p.m.: Wellness Center Arena
Guest admittance to arena by ticket only. Other guests may view ceremony in simulcast in Casino Auditorium and Little Theatre.

Light Refreshments

5:30 p.m.: Casino Auditorium

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: the tassel should be worn to the right; master’s-degree candidates: the tassel should be worn to the left.
  • If you are eligible to wear an academic cord, it will be give 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 walks down to the fountain, uphill on gravel (Senior Path), and then onto the grass, when choosing their shoes.
  • Nothing should be worn 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; there will not be a location to secure them.
  • GCU staff will assist with your academic hood during lineup.

Try on and press academic attire before May 22—gowns will be wrinkled!

Commencement Announcements

Personalized Commencement announcements may be ordered through the University Bookstore at 732-987-2633 for an additional charge.

Commencement Tickets—In the Event of Severe Weather Only

Tickets are required to enter the Wellness Center for the ceremony. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Graduates who RSVP their participation on Self-Service by March 15 will be guaranteed 3 guest tickets (bachelor’s-degree candidates) or 8 guest tickets (master’s-degree candidates).

Guests without tickets are welcome to view the ceremony via simulcast in the Casino Auditorium. Guests with mobility, respiratory, cardiac, and/or allergy concerns should consider viewing the ceremony in the air-conditioned Little Theatre.

Graduates must pick up their tickets in person, with their GCU student ID and Self-Service RSVP receipt, at the Grad Finale or at the Office of Conferences and Special Events in the Casino, Room 205.

Lineup

Graduates are to report, wearing cap, gown, and hood, to their room assignment ON TIME. Graduates who arrive after the procession has begun will be seated after the National Anthem and Invocation.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Students will be notified via Connect-Ed and georgian.edu at 10:00 a.m. IF the severe weather contingency plan is enacted. If no notification is made, ONE ceremony will be held outdoors on May 22.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019—WEATHER PERMITTING

9:00 a.m.Baccalaureate MassArena
10:30 a.m.Graduates report to lineup assignmentsJeffries Hall & Farley Center
11:10 a.m.Academic Procession to fountain begins
All guests must be in their seats.
11:30 a.m.Commencement Ceremony beginsSoccer Field
1:30 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino Auditorium

 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY

9:00 a.m.Baccalaureate MassArena
10:30 a.m.Arena closes
11:30 a.m.Class of 2019 bachelor’s-degree candidates report for lineupJeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with ticketsArena
Simulcast locations open for guests without ticketsCasino
12:15 p.m.Doors close until after National Anthem & InvocationArena
12:20 p.m.Academic Procession beginsArena
12:30 p.m.Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony beginsArena
2:00 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino
3:45 p.m.Class of 2019 master’s-degree candidates report for lineupJeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with ticketsArena
4:10 p.m.Doors close until after National Anthem & InvocationArena
4:15 p.m.Academic Procession begins
4:30 p.m.2019 Graduate Commencement CeremonyArena
5:30 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino

 

Special Notice:

To comply with fire code, only guests with tickets will be permitted into the arena. Extra tickets will NOT be available. The ticketholders will be seated on the bleachers in the arena. 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 one of the simulcast locations.

Class Ring/Formal Portraits

Representatives from Josten’s will be on campus on several spring dates and at the Grad Finale for students to purchase class rings.

The Office of Student Development has made arrangements with Lifetime Impressions for formal portrait sittings. Book online at lifetimeimpressionsphotography.com and click on the GCU Appointments tab. Read all of the information and follow all of the directions to book a 30-minute session. Select dates will be available on campus (including Grad Finale).

Name Mispronunciation/Time Off from Work Requests

If mispronunciation of your name 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 1.

Student Accounts/Diplomas

Prospective graduates who have an outstanding balance as of 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, will NOT be permitted to walk in their ceremony and will NOT receive a diploma. Contact the Office of Student Accounts at 732-987-2295 to ensure your account is up to date.

Diplomas will be mailed to May 2019 graduates after the May 22, 2019, ceremony.

Eligibility to Participate

The university holds a Commencement Ceremony in May of each year when May graduates and graduates from the preceding August and December can participate. Students who have completed all requirements for graduation are eligible to participate in the ceremony. You must apply for graduation (Undergraduate Application | Graduate Application) in order to receive a diploma whether or not you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Students who wish to participate in Commencement 2019 but fall under one of the following two situations may complete a Request to Participate in Commmencement 2019 Without Having Met Degree Requirements Form: (a) lack no more than 6 credits of those required to complete their degree program, or (b) have two majors (or a major and a minor) and are lacking no more than 6 credits of those required to complete their first major degree program, and have progressed far enough in the second major or the minor that it can be reasonably expected that they will graduate in the August or December term after the Commencement Ceremony.

Name on Diploma

The name on your diploma will appear exactly as reflected in our official records. If you wish your name to appear differently, submit a Name Change Form by the due date of the graduation application. This includes the addition of a middle name.

Degree Honors

For undergraduates, degree honors are awarded based on your cumulative grade point average earned at GCU. At least 60 credits must be earned at GCU in order to be eligible for degree honors. Degree honors will appear on your diploma. The required minimum GPAs are as follows:

  • Summa cum laude: 3.9
  • Magna cum laude: 3.75
  • Cum laude: 3.6

Baccalaureate Mass

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • 9:00 a.m • Casino Auditorium
We encourage all our graduates, of all faiths, and their loved ones to attend. It is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your academic journey at Georgian Court and to ask God’s blessing as you enter the next chapter of your life. Academic attire is not required at Mass.

Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Commencement Ceremony will be held on the Lakewood campus of Georgian Court University, 517 Ninth Street Lakewood 08701.

Calendar of Important Dates

February 20Start date to RSVP for Commencement on your Self-Service account
March 15Deadline to respond on your Self-Service account regarding your decision to participate in Commencement without incurring a $50 late fee
May 2Grad Finale
First opportunity to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire.
1:30–6:30 p.m.
Casino
May 5Deadline for notifying the Office of Conferences and Special Events about graduate or guest special needs accommodations at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263
May 21Last chance to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Casino, Room 205/Bookstore

Family & Guests

Date/Time/Location

A survey of the Class of 2019 was conducted, and they voted to hold one ceremony on the Lakewood campus, outdoors, rain or shine. However, in the event of predicted severe/dangerous weather, students would be notified on Tuesday, May 21, that a contingency plan would be enacted. Both plans are outlined below.

Tickets are only required if two indoor ceremonies are necessary.

Commencement Ceremony, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019—WEATHER PERMITTING

9:00 a.m.Baccalaureate MassArena
10:30 a.m.Graduates report to lineup assignmentsJeffries Hall & Farley Center
11:10 a.m.Academic Procession to fountain begins
All guests must be in their seats.
11:30 a.m.Commencement Ceremony beginsSoccer Field
1:30 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino Auditorium

 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY

9:00 a.m.Baccalaureate MassArena
10:30 a.m.Arena Closes
11:30 a.m.Class of 2019 bachelor’s-degree candidates report for lineupJeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with ticketsArena
Simulcast opens for guests without ticketsCasino
12:15 p.m.Doors close until after National Anthem & InvocationArena
12:20 p.m.Academic Procession begins
12:30 p.m.Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony beginsArena
2:00 p.m.RefreshmentsCasino
3:45 p.m.Class of 2019 master’s-degree candidates report for lineupJeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with ticketsArena
4:10 p.m.Doors close until after National Anthem & InvocationArena
.Academic Procession begins
4:30 p.m.2019 Graduate Commencement CeremonyArena
5:30 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino

 

Guests with tickets will go through security at the entrance. Tickets will be turned in for a hand stamp. Hand stamps will be checked at the door to the ceremony (small children and infants will be issued a sticker).

Guests must be in possession of a hologram-stickered ticket to enter the arena. To comply with occupancy outlined by the Office of the Ocean County Fire Marshal, each adult, child, and infant must have a ticket. Strollers will not be allowed in the arena.

Guest entry into the arena will be suspended for the Academic Procession and will reopen after the National Anthem, and Invocation. We appreciate guest cooperation in respecting the procession, anthem, and prayer.

 

Tickets

Guest tickets are required ONLY in the event of severe weather for both indoor ceremonies. Bachelor’s-degree candidates who RSVP their participation on Self-Service by March 15 will receive three (3) guest tickets. Master’s-degree candidates who RSVP their participation on Self-Service by March 15 will receive eight (8) guest tickets.

 

Safety & Security

Guests will be subject to security checks by GCU Campus Safety and Lakewood Police officers prior to entering the Commencement venue. The ceremonies are celebratory, yet solemn. Air horns, fireworks, canned string, balloons, food, beverages, skateboards, confetti, hoverboards, drones, and any other items that will diminish the experience for all guests and the graduates will be confiscated.

Weapons of any kind (carry permits are not recognized by the State of New Jersey) are NOT permitted on the premises.

The university attempts full compliance to ADA regulations. Trained and certified working service dogs are always welcome on our campus, however, “emotional support” and “therapy pets” are NOT permitted at public events or athletic competitions.  Please go to ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm to view a summary of the law.

Parking

Parking is limited; please plan accordingly.

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 5.

 

Outdoor Ceremony—Weather Permitting

Special needs guests will have the opportunity to be seated in a designated section, where professional nurses will be available to assist if needed. Guests with cardiac, respiratory, mobility, and allergy concerns should consider viewing the ceremony in the air conditioned Little Theatre.

 

Indoor Ceremonies—Severe Weather Conditions

Guests with special needs will be seated in an open area in the rear of the Arena, where professional nurses 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, via simulcast, in the Casino Auditorium.

Flowers/Photography

Flowers from the Office of Alumni Relations will be available for purchase outside the venue.

GCU is committed to our environment, especially the marine life in our community. Balloons are NOT permitted on the GCU campus. Guests who bring balloons will be required to store them in their vehicles.

Arrangements have been made with Lifetime Impressions for formal portrait sittings. Book online at lifetimeimpressionsphotography.com and click on the GCU Appointments tab. Read all info and follow all directions to book a 30-minute session. Select dates will be available on campus (including Grad Finale).

Ceremony photography will be provided by Island Photography. In addition to candid photos taken throughout the day, each graduate will be photographed twice—once as they receive the diploma and a portrait taken after exiting the stage. PLEASE DO NOT POSE ON STAGE. Please visit http://orders.islandphoto.com/Apps/RegisterGraduates.aspx to receive the link to view your photo gallery. You can enter your e-mail and up to six e-mails of your friends and family with whom you would like to share your photos. There is absolutely no obligation to purchase. GCU is NOT responsible for photo orders or delivery. All orders and inquiries should be handled through Island Photography at 800-863-0908 or islandphoto.com.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodations are available, but you should book early and ask for the GCU corporate rate. Contact any of these establishments directly. The corporate rate is not available for online reservations.

Hilton Garden Inn
6.8 miles from GCU
1885 Route 70, Lakewood
732-262-5232

Clarion Inn at Toms River
12.2 miles from GCU
815 State Hwy. 37, Toms River
732-341-2400

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

Student Checklist

The following information was also e-mailed (@georgian.edu address) to all eligible students, on February 15, 2019.

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 the ceremony.

It will only take a few seconds to RSVP. State your intention of participation or non-participation in the Commencement exercises through your Self-Service account by clicking on the link “Respond to Commencement 2019” in the “student links” section, beginning February 20, but NO LATER THAN MARCH 15. Responding also guarantees a cap and gown will be ordered for you if you are participating in the Commencement Ceremony. After you respond, you will get a confirmation receipt. You will need to print out your receipt and bring it with you, or show a screenshot photo, to pick up your tickets in person with your GCU student ID. DO NOT CLOSE OUT OF SELF-SERVICE UNTIL YOU EITHER PRINT OR SCREENSHOT YOUR RECEIPT!

Students who RSVP after March 15, 2019, can e-mail commencement@georgian.edu, at which time they will be given instructions on how to proceed. Late RSVPs may not receive any guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony.

 

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, and other administrative costs. Student accounts must be settled with the Office of Student Accounts by May 20, 2019, for you to be able to participate. Students with outstanding accounts will NOT be permitted to walk in the ceremony.

Those who RSVP their participation in Commencement after March 15, 2019, will be assessed an additional $50 late charge, payable at the Office of Conferences and Special Events.

 

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES LOCATIONS/TICKETS

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Students will be notified via Connect-Ed and georgian.edu IF the severe weather contingency plan is enacted. If no notification is made, ONE ceremony will be held outdoors on May 22.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019—WEATHER PERMITTING
9:00 a.m.Baccalaureate MassArena
10:30 a.m.Graduates report to lineup assignmentsJeffries Hall & Farley Center
11:10 a.m.Academic Procession to fountain begins.
All guests must be in their seats.
11:30 a.m.Commencement Ceremony beginsSoccer Field
2:00 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino Auditorium

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY
9:00 a.m.Baccalaureate MassArena
10:30 a.m.Arena closes
11:30 a.m.Class of 2019 bachelor’s-degree candidates report for lineupJeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with ticketsArena
Simulcast opens for guests without ticketsCasino/Little Theatre
12:15 p.m.Doors close until after National Anthem & InvocationArena
12:20 p.m.Academic Procession begins
12:30 a.m.Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony beginsArena
2:00 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino Auditorium
3:45 p.m.Class of 2019 master’s-degree candidates report for lineupJeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with ticketsArena
4:10 p.m.Doors close until after National Anthem & InvocationArena
4:15 p.m.Academic Procession begins
4:30 p.m.Graduate Commencement Ceremony beginsArena
5:30 p.m.Light refreshmentsCasino Auditorium

 

****Special Notice:
To comply with fire code, only guests with tickets will be permitted into the arena. Extra tickets will NOT be available. The ticketholders will be seated on the bleachers in the arena. 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 one of the simulcast locations.

 

THE GRAD FINALE—BRING YOUR GCU ID AND YOUR SELF-SERVICE CONFIRMATION RECEIPT

GCU, in cooperation with our academic attire vendor, Josten’s, will host the Grad Finale for the Class of 2019 on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium.

Representatives of the Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Graduate and Professional Studies, 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 Relations and many GCU alumni will welcome you. You will be able try on your academic attire before you take it home, may sit for formal graduation portraits (by appointment), purchase class rings and other graduation items, and pick up your Commencement info packets, including tickets (3 per undergraduate student, 8 per graduate student) Your academic attire MAY NOT be available at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP by the March 15, 2019, deadline.

If you can’t attend the Grad Finale, the Office of Conferences and Special Events (Casino, Room 205) and the University Bookstore will have some dates with extended hours as follows:

Sunday, May 511:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday, May 6–109:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 1111:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Monday–Friday, May 13–171:00–7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 209:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 LAST CHANCE9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

You must bring your GCU ID and YOUR SELF-SERVICE CONFIRMATION RECEIPT/SCREENSHOT OF YOUR RECEIPT TO PICK UP!

After you’ve picked up your Commencement packet from CSE, Room 205, in the Casino, you will then proceed to the University Bookstore to pick up your academic attire. You MUST have a clearance from CSE to present to Bookstore personnel, so report to the Casino, Room 205, FIRST. Please make sure you have ample time to visit both locations before closing times.

Commencement packets/tickets/academic attire must be picked up in person, by the graduate herself/himself, with a current GCU student ID!

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

Students at GCU Diocese of Camden and GCU@Cumberland programs: If you do not attend the Grad Finale on May 2, your academic attire and Commencement packets will be distributed by a faculty member at your site after May 2. You will still need your Self-Service RSVP receipt to pick up your Commencement items.

 

ACADEMIC ATTIRE (CAP AND GOWN)
Academic attire will be automatically ordered for students who respond that they will participate in the Commencement Ceremony by March 15. If you did not RSVP by the March 15 deadline, a $50 late fee will be collected by the Office of Conferences and Special Events to place your order, beginning March 16. Your academic attire may NOT be available on May 2 at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP by the March 15 deadline.

 

GRADUATION PORTRAITS
Arrangements have been made with Lifetime Impressions for formal portrait sittings. Book online at lifetimeimpressionsphotography.com and click on the GCU Appointments tab. Read all info and follow all directions to book a 30-minute session. Select dates will be available on campus (including Grad Finale).

 

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 provide the Office of Conferences and Special Events (CSE) with the name and address of your supervisor, as well as your name and degree, by May 1, 2019. A signed letter will be sent directly to your supervisor and a copy will be sent to you. Contact CSE at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263.

 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
If you or a guest require special accommodations, please notify the Office of Conferences and Special Events (CSE) by May 5, 2019. In the event of indoor ceremony, please note that due to fire code regulations, only the special needs guest will be seated in the designated area; other guests will be seated in the bleachers. The special needs guests will be attended to by GCU health care professionals. Special needs guests MUST have a ticket for indoor ceremonies. Contact CSE at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263.

The university attempts full compliance to ADA regulations. Trained and certified working Service Dogs are always welcome on our campus, however, “emotional support” and “therapy pets” are NOT permitted at public events or athletic competitions.  Please go to ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm to view a summary of the law.

 

CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT DATES

February 20Start date to RSVP for Commencement on your Self-Service account
March 15Deadline to respond on your Self-Service account regarding your decision to participate in Commencement without incurring a $50 late fee
May 2Grad Finale – 1:30–6:30 p.m., Casino
First opportunity to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire
May 5Deadline for notifying the Office of Conferences & Special Events about graduate or guest special needs accommodations at commencement@georgian.edu or 732-987-2263.
May 21Last chance to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire – 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Casino, Room 205/Bookstore