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Georgian Court Commencement Ceremonies – Thursday, May 9

Two women in cap and gowns at GCU commencement

Georgian Court University will celebrate the 113th Annual Commencement Ceremonies, marking the graduation of 494 members of the Class of 2024* on Thursday, May 9, (indoors) at the Wellness Center on the campus in Lakewood, N.J.

The day begins with a Baccalaureate Mass at 10 a.m. at the Dorothy Marron University Chapel. The Undergraduate program begins at 12:30 p.m.  The Undergraduate speaker will be Rodrigo A. Colón, Jr. ’95, ’17, a recognized speaker and career advocate for college students, an executive coach, author of “Win The Race for 21st Century Jobs,” and CEO of Rod Colón Consulting.

The Undergraduate student address will be presented by senior Kayla Marie Latendresse of Brick, N.J. who is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Writing. 

The Graduate program procession begins at 5 p.m. The Graduate speaker will be John Harmon, Founder, President, and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. GCU will bestow the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

The Graduate student address will be presented by Julie Elizabeth Matthew of North Brunswick, N.J., who earned a Master’s Degree in Education with a Reading/Literacy Specialization.   

The following degrees will be awarded from the university’s four schools:

325 Bachelor’s Degrees

159 Master’s Degrees

10 Doctorate Degrees awarded from the university’s four schools.

  • School of Arts & Sciences: 88 Bachelor’s, 25 Master’s, 10 Doctorates.
  • School of Business & Digital Media:  41 Bachelor’s, 22 Master’s.
  • School of Education: 27 Bachelor’s, 101 Master’s.
  • Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at GCU: 169 Bachelor’s, 11 Master’s.

Thirty-five percent of this commencement class are first-generation college graduates.   

*The graduation numbers include students who completed degree requirements in August 2023, December 2023, and February 2024.

Please visit our GCU Newsroom on the website the week before commencement to see profiles of some of our outstanding graduates.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings, and in 2024, GCU was named one of the best Online Master’s Colleges in New Jersey.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.