Information for Lawrenceville Campus Graduates
As we continue to prepare for this week’s Commencement ceremonies, we extend congratulations to all our graduating students and their families on this important occasion.
Both of the following ceremonies will be held on the Campus Green on Rider's Lawrenceville campus:
- Graduate & College of Continuing Studies Commencement ceremony
Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m.
- Undergraduate Commencement ceremony
Friday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m.
As part of our efforts to ensure safe and enjoyable events, we are working closely, as we do each year, with Lawrence Township Police Department and Mercer County Fire Police for the Lawrenceville campus ceremonies and with Princeton University Department of Public Safety for the Westminster Choir College ceremony. As in past years, they will monitor the ceremonies with us, assist with traffic and parking, and be a presence on campus along with Rider’s Department of Public Safety and other staff throughout the University.
To assist our Department of Public Safety, we ask that graduates, families and guests refrain from bringing backpacks, large purses, coolers, duffel bags and any other large bags to the Commencement ceremonies. When you are on campus, please do not leave any items unattended. We also ask that you refrain from bringing pets to the ceremonies.
Should you have any concerns while on campus, please reach out for assistance to any of our Public Safety officers or other Rider staff, identifiable by their attire.
If you plan to complete your degree requirements in December 2012, May or August 2013, please review the following important information:
Before you are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must have:
- filed a degree application with your academic dean’s office
- paid all financial obligations to the University
- returned all books to the University Library
If you have any questions about your graduation eligibility, contact your dean as soon as possible. Only students who will fulfill graduation requirements before August 2013 can walk in the 2013 Commencement ceremony. December 2013 graduates should plan to walk in May 2014.
Rider University provides each graduate with a keepsake cap and gown that does not need to be returned. Graduates will receive a black gown and cap, along with a hood in the appropriate color to designate school, and a tassel. Pre-ordering or pre-measurement for cap and gown is not required. Fulfillment of all graduation requirements, including financial obligations, and photo ID are required for cap and gown pick up.
On Commencement days, academic attire may be picked up in the lobby of the Bart Luedeke Center.
Commencement Day Instructions
Students should plan to arrive one and a half hours before the start of the procession. Please report to the designated gathering area for your school and check in with the marshals for robing and procession line up instructions. You will receive a pre-printed information card that includes your name and honors. You will need to hand this to the faculty member or administrator reading names before you walk across the stage to be recognized.
Given favorable weather, we intend to hold the Commencement ceremony outside on the Campus Green to accommodate all of our graduates and their guests. Tickets are not required and graduates may have as many guests attend as they wish.
Special Needs Accomodations, Parking and Seating
Accommodations are available for graduates and guests who require parking or seating due to a disability or special need. Golf cart transportation to the special needs seating area will also be provided. Please click here to see the map and additional information for Friday's ceremony. A sign language interpreter will be present at the Commencement ceremony.
Severe Weather Policy and Rain Tickets
In the event of severe weather (heavy winds; lightning; heavy, continuing rain), the Commencement ceremony will take place in Alumni Gym. Due to seating capacity limitations, all guests (adults and children of all ages and guests seated in the special needs seating area) require a ticket for entrance into Alumni Gym where seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. When seating capacity is reached in Alumni Gym, remaining ticketed guests will be directed to the adjoining Student Recreation Center where seating will be available to view the ceremony as a live broadcast on a large screen.
The ceremony, whether indoors or outdoors, will also be broadcast live in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater and Yvonne Theater and on television monitors in various campus locations. Tickets are not required for entry into these venues. Live video streaming of the event can also be viewed on the Rider web site.
Graduates will receive rain tickets when they pick up their cap and gown in April. The number of tickets issued per graduate is determined by the number of approved degree applications and indoor location seat capacity. Each student participating in the Thursday evening graduate/CCS ceremony will be issued five rain tickets. Each student participating in the Friday morning undergraduate ceremony will be issued two rain tickets. Please note that additional rain tickets are not available and requests for additional tickets cannot be honored.
May 17 Breakfast
All Undergraduates and their guests are invited to the Graduating Seniors’ Breakfast hosted by the Board of Chaplains beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 17 in Daly’s Dining Center. Please see the flyer for more details and RSVP information. Graduating student athletes and their guests are invited to attend the Bronc Farewell Breakfast on Friday, May 17 beginning at 7 a.m. in the "Little Italy" dining area of Daly’s Dining Center.
All graduates and their guests are invited to a reception following the ceremony. Please join faculty and staff in the Cavalla Room, Bart Luedeke Center for desserts and beverages.
Food and Beverage Availability
Water will be available at stations around the Campus Green and is provided under all graduates’ chairs. Cranberries Café is also open for beverages and light snacks on Commencement days.
Diplomas and Transcripts
Diplomas will not be distributed during the Commencement ceremony. Upon clearance from the Registrar and Dean, the Registrar will order the diploma and it will be sent via regular mail. December graduates can expect delivery by mid-February; May graduates can expect delivery by mid-July; and August graduates should expect delivery by mid-October. Similarly, the Registrar’s Office will mail transcripts for December graduates by mid-February, by mid-June for May graduates, or by mid-September for August graduates. Diplomas and transcripts shall indicate academic honors based upon the cumulative grade point average achieved at the end of the senior year.
Rider University recognizes exceptional academic achievement at Commencement. Qualifications for academic honors at Commencement are based upon the student's academic average at the end of the first term of the senior year (December 2012 for May 2013 Commencement). Honors, as noted in the Commencement program and by tassel color, are awarded as follows:
Undergraduate (white tassel):
Summa Cum Laude: academic average 3.75 - 4.00
Magna Cum Laude: academic average 3.50 - 3.74
Cum Laude: academic average 3.25 - 3.49
Graduate (cranberry tassel):
With Distinction: academic average above 3.85
Commencement Candidate Lists
Students can verify their degree status by checking the Commencement candidates list of students who have filed a degree application and have been cleared for graduation. This list will be posted shortly and will be updated regularly. If you are not listed and feel you should be, please contact your dean’s office directly.
Personalized Commencement Announcements may be ordered online through the Balfour web site. Generic Commencement announcements are available for purchase in the University Store. Diploma frames, balloons and other Rider merchandise are available at the University Store or may be ordered online. Please contact the University Store directly at 609-896-5121 for more information.
Bouquets of roses may be pre-ordered or purchased at the Commencement ceremonies from Commencement Flowers Inc. It is recommended that you pre-order flowers through the Commencement Flower web site.
Commencement Photos and DVDs
Professional photographers from Legacy Photographic will photograph all graduates during the ceremony. They will take one photo in front of the gonfalon representing your school as you approach the stage, and a second as you shake President Rozanski’s hand on stage. Information on how to order photos is emailed and mailed to each graduate approximately 2-3 days after Commencement. Please direct photography questions to Legacy Photographics at 1-800-447-2550.
A video recording of the Commencement ceremony will be available on DVD and may be ordered through the Rider University Office of Information Technologies (OIT) Media Support department using the downloadable order form. Please contact 609-896-5000 x7375 with any questions concerning the Commencement DVD.
In support of Rider’s commitment to sustainability, several green initiatives are part of Commencement planning. We aim to limit printed communication materials by utilizing mainly electronic communication. The Commencement program is printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified paper with 10 percent post-consumer waste recycled content. Graduates wear eco-friendly caps and gowns that are made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, with an average of 23 bottles used to make each gown. Funding for the GreenWeaverTM graduation gowns has been provided by the Rider University Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee (ESSC).
Please see the FAQ Lawrenceville Commencement web page for additional details.
For more information, please contact Special Events and Projects Manager Beverly Braddock at (609) 896-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.