Convocation

Speaker at Convocation

The College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) will host a graduation Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 2015, at 7:00 p.m. on Sprague Field for our undergraduate students who will complete their degree requirements by May 2014 and for those whose degrees were conferred in August 2013 and January 2014.

Please note that doctoral and master's degree candidates are to attend the Graduate Convocation on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm only.

While the University Commencement on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the IZOD Center signifies the official conferral of degrees, the individual College and School Convocation is a pre-commencement ceremony celebrating bachelor’s degree candidates' achievements. Tickets are required for the Convocation.

Eligibility

Candidates who will complete their degree requirements by May 2015 and who after filing for a final audit are on the May 2015 graduation list are eligible to participate in the Convocation and/or Commencement exercises. Also eligible to participate are those whose degrees were conferred on August 2014 and January 2015.

If you have questions concerning academic issues relative to your degree, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 973-655-4376. All other questions related to your academic standing may be directed to your academic advisor.

For information on the application for final audit, Certification (Teacher), or if you missed the deadline to file for graduation, visit the registrar.

Venue

family in the stands at convocation

The Convocation ceremony will be held in Sprague Field, an open air venue. Guests are urged to dress according to the weather. It is highly recommended that students and guests wear comfortable flat shoes since students will enter and walk across the field to their designated seats. Undergraduate students will be seated according to major in the bleachers, and graduate students will sit on the grass.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony may be delayed or rescheduled. Please call the MSU weather hotline at 973-655-7810 or visit the Montclair State University website for up to the minute information.

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Ticket Procedures

Unlike the Commencement exercises, tickets are required for the Convocation. Tickets can be requested online a few weeks before the convocation ceremony. Tickets will then be picked up from Richardson Hall Room 267A (Career Services).

Attire

Students participating in Convocation and/or Commencement are required to wear academic regalia. For the CSAM Convocation, candidates are to wear robes and stoles (no caps). Pocketbooks or other carried articles are not permitted in the procession and the University cannot be responsible for loss of any items you may choose to carry.

Academic regalia may be purchased at the University Bookstore during regular store hours beginning Wednesday, May 6 and continuing through Thursday May, 21. They will be available again on Friday May 22 at the Izod Center.

Eligible Bachelor's degree candidates must purchase their regalia in person and will be required to present a valid student I.D. or driver's license at the time of purchase.

Check-in

student on the ramp to receive her diploma

Student registration and lineup will be in Lot 7. Candidates are to report to check in no later than 6:00 p.m. At check-in, candidates will be given an index card with their name, phonetic spelling and honors status, if any. CSAM staff will be available for assistance. Guests are not permitted in the check-in or line-up area.

Line-up

Candidates will line up in alpha order, by major. Signs will be posted identifying major/ department locations for the line-up. Faculty marshals will be available for assistance. Guests are not permitted in the check-in or line-up area.

Procession/Recession

Procession will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Latecomers will not be able to participate. Students will line up behind the platform party and enter the field through Gate 4. Please listen to instructions carefully on the day of the event.

Ceremony

Convocation ceremony is expected to last 1 1⁄2 hours. It will begin with a welcoming address by President Susan Cole. A processional of graduating candidates will then be called to the stage (your name will be announced) to be congratulated personally by the Dean and your department chair. 

Guest Seating

Guest access to the field will be at Gates 5 and 7. Entrance will close for 15 minutes at 6:45 to accommodate the procession of faculty and candidates, so be sure that your guests arrive prior to that time. Seats are not numbered and there are no specific seat assignments for guests. Strollers are not allowed unto the Field. Families bringing strollers will be required to leave strollers in a designated location.

Photos

mom kissing her son at convocation

Due to the physical requirements of the seating area and safety reasons, it will not be possible for family members to take photos during the ceremony. Please plan to take photos with family and/or faculty following the ceremony.

Special Needs

Lot 42 will be reserved for special needs parking (with authorized handicap parking permit). Parking is limited in this lot. Special needs parking is also available in the Red Hawk Deck. An ADA shuttle will be available between the Red Hawk Deck and the Gate 7 entrance throughout the duration of the events. Entrance to the field is through Gate 7 (next to the HOME bleachers) only.

Parking

Students and guests may park in any of the surface lots as well as the Red Hawk Deck free of charge for the duration of the ceremony. Guest access to the field will be at Gates 5 and 7.

COMMENCEMENT 2015

girls celebrating at convocation

Commencement exercises will take place indoors at the Izod Center within the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ, on Friday, May 22 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

Individual students' names are not read during the ceremony. Seating is unlimited and tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony.

Students participating in Commencement are required to wear full academic regalia. Academic regalia may be purchased at the University Bookstore.

For more information regarding the University Commencement, please visit University Commencement.‌