Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation vs. Commencement

What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation: Graduation refers to receiving a degree when a student has been certified by the University as meeting all degree requirements.
  • Students must apply to graduate.
  • Upon certification/approval (typically by the academic advisor), and after all grades have been submitted, the degree is awarded and displays on your Rowan University transcript.
  • Degree conferral occurs 4-6 weeks after final semester grades are posted. Diplomas are printed and mailed after the degree certification process is complete.
  • Graduation is possible at the end of each Rowan term, Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.
  • Please review the Graduation Information sheet for more details and deadlines.
  • Any questions about graduation should be directed to graduation@rowan.edu.

 

Commencement: The Commencement ceremony is the annual event at which family, friends, and the Rowan community celebrate each graduate's academic achievements.

  • Students who apply to graduate may or may not take a second step (in the online system) to RSVP/confirm their attendance at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Students who did not apply to graduate may still apply to participate in the Commencement Ceremony through the "Walking but not Graduating form" (in the online system).
  • Commencement is only held at the end of the Spring term, in May.
  • Details and deadlines about participation in the Commencement Ceremony are available from the Commencement website.
  • Any questions about Commencement should be directed to commencement@rowan.edu.

 

Participation in the Commencement Ceremony has no bearing on the awarding of your degree. Students who have applied to graduate or completed a Commencement Participation (Walking) form may participate in the Commencement ceremony. After applying for graduation or submitting a Department Approval through the Office of the Registrar, each student will receive a confirmation email notifying them to register to participate. Registering to participate notifies University Events/the Commencement Office of your intention to attend Commencement, so they can reserve your seat at the ceremony and provide tickets for your guests. Participation in Commencement DOES NOT guarantee awarding of the degree and only those who apply and are approved within proper deadlines may be awarded.