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GCU students can now apply for emergency cash grants made possible by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). The application and eligibility requirements are available at https://georgian.edu/application-for-higher-education-emergency-relief-fund/. Virtual instruction and events remain ongoing. A live Commencement ceremony will be held on campus in the fall, most likely on an October weekend. Admissions events and select student activities have moved online, while all other public and campus events, activities, and athletics have been canceled for the semester. Always check GCU e-mails and https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information.

Georgian Court University
Celebration of the Class of 2020

Celebration of the Class of 2020—Now Available
Our Celebration of the Class of 2020 is now live! Make sure you click on both videos to see the program and the graduate slides. The celebration will be available for viewing for a year.

Undergraduate Student Awards

Academic Excellence Award

The Academic Excellence Award is presented to the senior who has attained the highest grade point average for four years.
This year's awards go to:

Kristin L. DellaVecchia, Nathaly Hernandez,
Tylette O. Miller, Alexandra B. Roman,
Olivia J. Santarsiero, Madison M. Weeden

Kingdon Gould Award

The Kingdon Gould Award is presented to the senior who, in the opinion of fellow classmates, contributed the most to the general welfare of Georgian Court University.
This year's award goes to:

Elizabeth Helen Antonowicz

See also the Celebration of the Class of 2020 program for a complete listing of other undergraduate awards.

Additional Information

Commencement Attire
If you RSVPed on Self-Service by the March 19 deadline, you had the opportunity to order your cap and gown, which will now be mailed to you from our vendor, Jostens. Unfortunately, Jostens has several plants shut down with employees ill with COVID-19, and the shipment has been delayed. You should receive your cap and gown by the end of the month.

If you did not RSVP, are an approved walker, applied late, or did not order attire, you will be able to pick up attire on campus, starting three weeks prior to the rescheduled in-person Commencement Ceremony in Fall 2020 (date not yet set and will be determined by the safety of the environment, in New Jersey).

Quick Survey for Graduates
Understanding what our graduates will be doing after graduation is an important part of how we assess our outcomes and how our graduates are impacted by external issues, such as the current crisis. All graduates are asked to complete this short survey. The Office of Career Services will continue to survey you over the next year to gain a full picture.

Continue to check your GCU e-mail and this page for future announcements on the in-person ceremony.

Questions can be e-mailed to commencement@georgian.edu.

Social Media Graphics & Downloadable Signs

To download an image, first click on the image to open it. Once opened, right click on the image and choose save.

Facebook Profile Pictures

Facebook Covers

Posters

Lawn Signs

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Grad Finale

1:30–6:30 p.m.: Casino
Pick up Commencement materials & academic attire.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Baccalaureate Mass

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Commencement Ceremony—WEATHER PERMITTING

11:30 a.m.: Soccer Field
1:30 p.m.: Casino Auditorium
Light Refreshments

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.
2:00 p.m.: Casino Auditorium
Light Refreshments

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.
5:30 p.m.: Casino Auditorium
Light Refreshments

The Details

RSVP on your Self-Service account by March 19, 2020, that you will attend your Commencement Ceremony. After printing out/taking a screenshot of your receipt, you will be directed to Josten’s GCU web page to order your cap, gown, and hood.

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 given to you by the appropriate department or honor society, not the University Bookstore.
  • 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. When choosing their shoes, graduates should keep in mind that the procession walks down to the fountain, uphill on gravel (Senior Path), and then onto the grass.
  • 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 20—gowns will be wrinkled!

The combined (undergraduate and graduate) outdoor Commencement Ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., rain or shine. However, in the event of a prediction of severe weather, such as thunderstorms, high winds, dangerous heat index, a contingency plan will be enacted as follows: the Undergraduate Ceremony (for bachelor’s-degree candidates) will be in the Wellness Center Arena at 12:30 p.m. and the Graduate Ceremony (for masters’-degree candidates) will be in the Wellness Center Arena at 4:30 p.m. Guest tickets will be required in the event of indoor ceremonies. Students will be notified by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, if the severe weather contingency will be necessary.

Tickets are required to enter the Wellness Center Arena for the ceremony. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Graduates who RSVP their participation on Self-Service by March 19 will be guaranteed 2 guest tickets (bachelor’s-degree candidates) or 6 guest tickets (masters’-degree candidates). Event day parking placards are required for all events, regardless of weather.

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 or classrooms.

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

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 19, 2020
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 20.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020—WEATHER PERMITTING—NO TICKETS REQUIRED; PARKING PLACARDS REQUIRED
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass / Arena

10:30 a.m.
Graduates report to lineup assignments / Jeffries 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 begins / Soccer Field

1:30 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

Wednesday, May 20, 2020—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY—TICKETS AND PARKING PLACARDS REQUIRED
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass (no tickets required) / Arena

10:30 a.m.
Arena closes
Class of 2020 bachelor’s-degree candidates report for lineup / Jeffries Hall

11:30 a.m.
Doors open for guests with tickets / Arena
Simulcast locations open for guests without tickets / Casino/Little Theatre

12:15 p.m.
Doors close until after National Anthem & Invocation / Arena

12:20 p.m.
Academic Procession begins / Arena

12:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony begins / Arena

2:00 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

3:45 p.m.
Class of 2020 master’s-degree candidates report for lineup / Jeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with tickets / Arena

4:10 p.m.
Doors close until after National Anthem & Invocation / Arena

4:15 p.m.
Academic Procession begins

4:30 p.m.
Graduate Commencement Ceremony begins / Arena

5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino 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 ticket-holders 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.

Flowers
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.

Professional Photos at the Event
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. Graduates should not pose on stage. Complimentary color proofs will be e-mailed to your 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 islandphoto.com.

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

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

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.

Academic 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. Review all graduation requirements at https://georgian.edu/academics/registrar/graduation/.

You must apply for graduation (Undergraduate Application | Graduate Application) in order to receive a diploma and to be officially graduated, whether or not you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Students who wish to participate in Commencement 2020 but fall under one of the following two situations may complete a Request to Participate in Commencement 2020 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. Please note that completed Request to Participate forms received by the Office of the Registrar after the March 13, 2020, deadline listed on the form will not be processed.

Student Accounts/Name on Diplomas
Prospective graduates who have an outstanding tuition/fees balance as of 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 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, during business hours, to ensure your account is up to date.

The name on your diploma will appear exactly as reflected in your official academic audit. If you wish your name to appear differently, submit a Name Change Form to the Office of the Registrar by close of business on February 11, 2020. This includes the addition of a middle name.

Diplomas are expected to be distributed after the ceremony in the Casino.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 • 9:00 a.m • Wellness Center

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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

February 20
Start date to RSVP for Commencement on your Self-Service account

March 19
Deadline to respond on your Self-Service account regarding your decision to participate in Commencement and order your academic attire without incurring a $25 late fee.

April 30 • 1:30–6:30 p.m. • Casino
First opportunity to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire. Can’t attend Grad Finale? Additional dates/times for pickup are in your checklist.

May 5
Deadline 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 19 • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • Casino, Room 205/Bookstore
Last chance to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire.

One Commencement Ceremony will be held on the Lakewood campus, outdoors, rain or shine. However, in the event of predicted severe/dangerous weather, students would be notified on Tuesday, May 19, 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 20, 2020—WEATHER PERMITTING—NO TICKETS REQUIRED; PARKING PLACARDS REQUIRED
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass / Arena

10:30 a.m.
Graduates report to lineup assignments / Jeffries 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 begins / Soccer Field

1:30 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

Wednesday, May 20, 2020—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY—TICKETS AND PARKING PLACARDS REQUIRED
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass (no tickets required) / Arena

10:30 a.m.
Arena closes
Class of 2020 bachelor’s-degree candidates report for lineup / Jeffries Hall

11:30 a.m.
Doors open for guests with tickets / Arena
Simulcast locations open for guests without tickets / Casino/Little Theatre

12:15 p.m.
Doors close until after National Anthem & Invocation / Arena

12:20 p.m.
Academic Procession begins / Arena

12:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony begins / Arena

2:00 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

3:45 p.m.
Class of 2020 master’s-degree candidates report for lineup / Jeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with tickets / Arena

4:10 p.m.
Doors close until after National Anthem & Invocation / Arena

4:15 p.m.
Academic Procession begins

4:30 p.m.
Graduate Commencement Ceremony begins / Arena

5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

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.

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 19 will receive two (2) guest tickets. Master’s-degree candidates who RSVP their participation on Self-Service by March 19 will receive six (6) guest tickets.

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 with 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 visit ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm to view a summary of the law. Guests without trained and certified working service dogs will be asked to remove their animal from the campus.

Parking is extremely limited, and carpooling is strongly encouraged. Each graduate will receive two (2) parking placards, which must be displayed on vehicle dashboards to park in GCU parking lots. Only those with placards will be permitted to park on GCU properties, including those with handicap license plates and hangtags. Late arrivals may be required to park off campus in the surrounding neighborhood, regardless of a placard. Entry to campus will halt when the Academic Procession begins moving from lineup to the Commencement venue. Please plan your arrival accordingly. Regular GCU hangtags will not be valid on May 20.

NOTE: Lakewood Avenue will be designated one-way going southbound, beginning at 7:30 a.m. There will be no access to the Main Entrance from North Lake Drive.

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. This area is located in the rear of the field, nearest roadways and emergency services. Guests with cardiac, respiratory, mobility, or 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
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.

Professional Photos at the Event
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. Graduates should not pose on stage. Complimentary color proofs will be e-mailed to your 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 islandphoto.com.

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

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

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

The following information was also e-mailed (@georgian.edu address) to all eligible students, on February 14, 2020.

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 2020” in the “student links” section, beginning February 20, but no later than March 19. 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, to pick up your guest tickets in person with your GCU student ID. Do not click on the link to order your academic attire until you either print or take a screenshot of your receipt.

Students who RSVP after March 19, 2020, can e-mail commencement@georgian.edu, at which time they will be given instructions on how to proceed.

Immediately after you RSVP to Commencement, a link to Josten’s website will appear on your Self-Service screen, with your receipt (print or screenshot your receipt before leaving the page). You should follow this link to place your order for your academic attire (cap and gown) for the Commencement Ceremony. Use the drop-down menu to select your degree program. Bachelor’s-degree candidates, please select your primary major. Note that education will not be an option for an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree.

Academic attire must be ordered by March 19. If you do not RSVP and order your attire by the March 19 deadline, your academic attire may not be available on April 30 at the Grad Finale. Students who miss the March 19 deadline to order their academic attire should e-mail commencement@georgian.edu, at which time they will be given instructions on how to proceed and a late charge of $25 will be collected. After April 30, academic attire may not be available. Students can only participate in the Commencement Ceremony if they have academic attire.

The fee for graduation is $165, which was included in your last tuition bill, regardless of whether or not you participate in the ceremony. 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, either online through self-service or in person during business hours, by May 19, 2020, for you to be able to participate. Students with outstanding accounts will not be permitted to walk in the ceremony.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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 20.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020—WEATHER PERMITTING—NO TICKETS REQUIRED
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass / Arena

10:30 a.m.
Graduates report to lineup assignments / Jeffries 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 begins / Soccer Field

1:30 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

Wednesday, May 20, 2020—SEVERE WEATHER ONLY—TICKETS REQUIRED
9:00 a.m.
Baccalaureate Mass (no tickets required) / Arena

10:30 a.m.
Arena closes
Class of 2020 bachelor’s-degree candidates report for lineup / Jeffries Hall

11:30 a.m.
Doors open for guests with tickets / Arena
Simulcast locations open for guests without tickets / Casino/Little Theatre

12:15 p.m.
Doors close until after National Anthem & Invocation / Arena

12:20 p.m.
Academic Procession begins / Arena

12:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony begins / Arena

2:00 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino Auditorium

3:45 p.m.
Class of 2020 master’s-degree candidates report for lineup / Jeffries Hall
Doors open for guests with tickets / Arena

4:10 p.m.
Doors close until after National Anthem & Invocation / Arena

4:15 p.m.
Academic Procession begins

4:30 p.m.
Graduate Commencement Ceremony begins / Arena

5:30 p.m.
Light refreshments / Casino 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 ticket-holders 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.

GCU, in cooperation with our academic attire vendor, Josten’s, will host the Grad Finale for the Class of 2020 on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium.

Representatives of the Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Graduate and Continuing Education, 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, purchase class rings and other graduation items, and pick up your Commencement info packets, including tickets (2 per undergraduate student, 6 per graduate student). Your academic attire may not be available at the Grad Finale if you did not RSVP and order your academic attire by the March 19, 2020, 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:

Monday–Friday, May 4–8
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Monday–Friday, May 11–15
1:00–7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 16
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 17
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19 Last chance
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

You must bring your photo 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@RCSJ–Cumberland programs: If you do not attend the Grad Finale on April 30, your academic attire and Commencement packets will be distributed by a faculty member at your site after April 30. You will still need your Self-Service RSVP receipt to pick up your Commencement items.

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, 2020. 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.

If you or a guest require special accommodations, please notify the Office of Conferences and Special Events (CSE) by May 5, 2020. 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 with 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 visit https://www.ada.gov/serviceanimals_2010.htm to view a summary of the law.

February 20
Start date to RSVP for Commencement on your Self-Service account

March 19
Deadline to respond on your Self-Service account regarding your decision to participate in Commencement and order your academic attire without incurring a $25 late fee.

April 30 • 1:30–6:30 p.m. • Casino
First opportunity to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire. Can’t attend Grad Finale? Additional dates/times for pickup are in your checklist.

May 5
Deadline 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 19 • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. • Casino, Room 205/Bookstore
Last chance to pick up Commencement materials and academic attire.

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