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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For questions not answered in the above FAQ:
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."
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