Commencement Participation

Commencement Participation

Complete these steps to reserve your seat and your guest tickets:

Confirming Participation in Commencement - R.S.V.P.

OPTION A - Students who have been awarded their degree or have applied to graduate prior to February 19, 2019.

To confirm your attendance at the commencement ceremonies (R.S.V.P.), please complete the following steps by April 1, 2019:

  • Go to Rowan's "Student Self-Service Banner"
  • Access Banner Services and then enter your Banner ID and PIN
  • Select "Student and Financial Aid" and click on "Commencement Attendance Confirmation"
  • Select OPTION A, and  follow the prompts to complete your participation response.
    • Once you submit this response, your tickets (if needed) are reserved.

OPTION B - Students who will be completing degree requirements in the Summer/Fall 2019 (Walking But Not Graduating Form)

The commencement ceremony is held once a year, in May. To be eligible to attend the commencement ceremony with outstanding degree requirements, an undergraduate student must be within 12 credit hours of graduating, or a Graduate student (Master’s Level only) who has 6 or fewer credits to complete during the following Summer Semester.

Important to note:

  • EdD/Doctoral students may not participate in the Commencement Ceremony unless they have defended their dissertation prior.
  • You are automatically eligible to participate in a future May commencement ceremony following the completion of your degree requirements, should you not wish to participate prior.

If applicable to you, confirm your attendance at the commencement ceremonies (R.S.V.P.) through Student Self Service Banner between March 1 - 15 ONLY:

  • Go to Rowan's "Student Self-Service Banner"
  • Access Banner Services and then enter your Banner ID and PIN
  • Select "Student and Financial Aid" and click on "Commencement Attendance Confirmation"
  • Select OPTION B, and  follow the prompts to complete your participation response.
    • Once you submit this response, your tickets (if needed) are reserved. 

Note: The Walking But Not Graduating Form will only be available until March 15 to ensure inclusion in the printed program. No applications will be accepted after the final deadline.

If you are outside the parameters for both option A and B, please speak to your academic advisor.

Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation is the successful completion of all major/minor/concentration requirements AND the awarding of a degree. Students can graduate four times a year -- May, August,December and January. Students must complete the online Graduation Application in order to be reviewed. Students apply online through Self Service Banner, under the Student Menu, by clicking on the "Apply to Graduate" link. If there are any issues while filling out the application, please e-mail Graduation@rowan.edu. Graduation application deadlines and instructions are available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Commencement is the voluntary celebration that occurs once a year (in May). Participation in the Commencement ceremony is not required and does not guarantee the awarding of a degree.

Students receiving solely a certification without an undergraduate degree DO NOT participate in Commencement.