Graduate Information

Ceremony Information

Graduate Arrival Time and Line-up Procedure

Please arrive at the Prudential Center no later than 7 a.m. with your cap, gown and reader card for robing and proceed to the Lafayette Tower entrance for the processional lineup. You will robe and gather with your fellow graduates in your assigned areas. There, you will be directed by the Kean University commencement marshals, who will be wearing blue robes. They will direct the lineup, which will begin promptly at 7 a.m. The procession will follow at 8:30 a.m. No guests will be allowed in the lineup area.


You will follow bagpipers, platform guests and faculty down a short corridor and enter the arena. At that point, the marshals will direct you where to sit. Please follow their instructions.

Academic Attire

Please arrive with your caps and gowns; 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). Please read the information about caps and gowns page. As part of the procession will include walking down stairs, we recommend that you wear flat, comfortable shoes.

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 your dean will congratulate you and shake your hand.

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.


There will not be a recessional at the conclusion of the main ceremony. Please exit slowly in an orderly fashion as directed by the marshals.