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Commencement Week 2018:
Celebrating our successes together

Sometimes what is old becomes new again.  For most of our University's history, we had a single Commencement exercise at which we celebrated our students' successes in one glorious event on the University Green - our smaller graduating classes and their guests fit there comfortably for many years.

As we grew, however, we could no longer have a single event on a single day, or even two events in one day, so instead we eventually scheduled nine College ceremonies over four days and eliminated the University ceremony altogether. While each College exercise was special in its own way, the individual programs lacked the festive flavor of the combined farewell. 

University Ceremony to return

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Rowan University will start the tradition of having a grand, single University ceremony followed by College ceremonies throughout the week. The University program will be a festive celebration complete with live music, inspirational speakers, the conferral of student degrees and, afterward, a party for students, families and friends. The main benefit, of course, is that students can enjoy Commencement with their closest friends throughout their graduating class rather than those in just their majors.

The College ceremonies will be held throughout the week so students can celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and staff of their respective Colleges and be called by name to receive their diplomas.

Commencement -- and all the excitement and pomp and circumstance that accompany it -- is one of Rowan's most treasured traditions. This website focuses on providing you and your guests with the latest information and details surrounding the week-long celebration.

We update this site frequently with additional information or changes, so please check back often!

This year's Commencement dates and times have been assigned.

Download the 2018 Commencement Week schedule here.

Important Dates

  • Finals Week: Monday, April 30 - Saturday, May 5
  • Semester Concludes: Monday, May 7
  • Commencement Week: Sunday to Friday, May 6-11

Information Meetings and Deadlines

Commencement and Graduation Info Meetings held in the Student Center Ballroom - Download the presentation

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 — 3:00-4:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 — 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 — 5:30-6:30 pm

Graduation Application Deadlines - visit the Office of the Registrar for detailed information

  • Fall 2017 Term | August 15 - October 5 
  • Winter 2017-2018 Term  | October 16 - November 28 
  • Spring 2018 Term | January 3 - February 28 
  • Summer 2018 Term | April 2 - June 12

Commencement Participation Deadline

  • Monday, April 17, 2018 

Commencement Tickets Available Online

Commencement Fair


2018 Main Ceremony & Celebration Fact Sheet

Coming Soon!

2018 College Fact Sheets