Graduate Information

Ceremony Information


You will line up for the procession at 9 a.m., and will be instructed by the Kean University marshals on how to enter the theatre and take your seats.

Academic Attire

Please see instructions about ordering and picking up your cap and gown; they will not be available on site. GOWNS SHOULD BE PRESSED! The cap is worn level on the head, slightly forward, never tilted, with the tassel on the front-right. Gowns should be approximately 8 inches from the floor (a temporary hem can be sewn if needed).

Awarding of Degrees

You will be asked to stand up with your fellow students as your program of study is announced. Your name will then be called individually. You will walk across the stage, where Kean President Dr. Dawood Farahi and the Graduate College dean will congratulate you and shake your hand. If you have any restrictions regarding this process, please alert the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at 908-737-5910. Your diploma cover will then be presented to you.

Photo Opportunities

We understand that this is an important day to be remembered in photographs. Professional photographers from Island Photography will be on hand to capture the moment when graduates march in to the main ceremony and receive their diploma covers.

These photos are taken without obligation, and you will be contacted by Island Photography within 48 hours of the ceremony to view and order your photos. At that time, you may place orders or obtain answers to questions by calling 1-800-869-0908 or

This is also an excellent opportunity for friends and family to take pictures, but guests will not be permitted to approach the student-seating area or stage to take photos during the ceremony. The use of cameras and video cameras are allowed for personal use only.