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Commencement at Stockton College



 Summer & Fall 2014 Terms
Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sports Center

 Degree candidates should report to their designated line up areas 90 minutes prior to the advertised start time of the ceremony. Doors for guest seating will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the advertised start time of the ceremony. Please join us for a reception in the Campus Center immediately following the ceremony.  Diploma pick-up will be available outside I-wing Gymnasium immediately following the ceremony. Each graduate is given 6 guest tickets for this event, no additional tickets are available. Selling of Commencement tickets is prohibited.    

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Frequently Asked Questions

For questions not answered in the above FAQ:

Baccalaureate candidates:
Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (609) 652-4645 or
the Office of Event Services and Campus Center Operations at (609) 652-4878.

Doctoral and Master's candidates:
Contact the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at (609) 652-4298.

SAVE THE DATE - Spring 2015 Ceremonies

Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Terms
Doctoral and Master's Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Term 2015 Baccalaureate Ceremonies
Saturday, May 9, 2015



 The bachelor's gown is simple in design aside from its long pointed sleeves. The master's gown has oblong sleeves which are open at the wrist. The doctor's gown has velvet panels down the front, around the neck, and three velvet bands across.

 The cap for the bachelor's and master's is the traditional mortarboard. For some doctoral degrees, it is more of a soft, large beret. The tassesl, which is usually black, occasionally comes in the color representing the student's field of study. Prior to conferral of the degree, the tassel is worn on the right. Upon conferral, the tassels is switched ceremonially to the left.

 The hood is the most distinctive piece of the academic costume. It indicates the level of the degree, the field of study, and the institution that conferred the degree. Bachelor's hoods are three feet long, master's are three and a half and doctor's are four feet long.  


The mace is carried by the Faculty Grand Marshall at commencement. Ned Gerber of Port Republic is the wood carver who made the mace used at Stockton. It is carved from Walnut and Holly, which are indigenous to southern New Jersey. 
Stockton's mace is crowned with the flame of knowledge, carved in holly, to denote mission. An acorn is carved at the foot which indicates growth. Below the flame of knowledge is a triad of Stockton's former logo, each a twin-treed symbol of environmental concern. Linked edge-to-edge and inlaid with holly, these symbols represent the three elements of the Stockton community: students, faculty and staff. The great Seal of New Jersey is also on the mace. The names of the first three presidents are engraved on the pewter cylinder. The nameplate ring reads "Richard Stockton State College founded 1969."                 


 Our Stockton
 Words by Stephen Dunn,
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing

Let us travel in the footsteps of those who came before,

Here on our campus in the pines, knowledge opens every door.

And when we go marching out into the world beyond our Stockton

at ease with art and science; let's sing of all we've thought and done.

Knowledge leads to knowledge and our Stockton has shown the way.

Oh, let us be among those for whom Stockton has shown the way.

We've debated and we've questioned,

now we are marching toward a future that is certain to be uncertain.

Our education has just begun.

Marching out to serve and achieve, our tassels turned,

let us proudly strive to be an example of what we've learned.

Oh, let us be among those for whom Stockton has shown the way.