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Information for Lawrenceville Campus Graduates

Commencement is a proud day for students, families and the entire Rider University community as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates.  Please use this Web site to help plan for the day. Commencement information updates will be occurring regularly.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of the President at 609-896-5001 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Both of the following ceremonies will be held on Rider's Lawrenceville campus:

    Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 5 p.m.
    Friday, May 13, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., Campus Green

    Update: Ceremony will be held on the campus green

View the Commencement Candidates List.

If you plan to complete your degree requirements in December 2015, January, May or August 2016, please review the following important information:

Before you are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must have:

  1. filed a degree application online or with your academic dean’s office
  2. paid all financial obligations to the University
  3. 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 2016 can walk in the May 2016 Commencement ceremony. December 2016 graduates should plan to walk in May 2017.

Commencement Details

Academic Attire Commencement Day Instructions Ceremony Seating
Senior Send Off Food and Beverage Availability Diplomas and Transcripts
Academic Honors Commencement Candidate Lists Commencement Announcements
Flower Orders Commencement Photos and DVDs May 13 Breakfast
Special Needs Accommodations, Parking and Seating Severe Weather Policy and Rain Tickets Celebration Reception

Academic Attire
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. After April 22, academic attire will be distributed from the Rider University Bookstore during their normal business hoursFulfillment of all graduation requirements, including financial obligations, and photo ID are required for cap and gown pick up. Cap and gown MUST be picked up BEFORE Commencement day.  If you have questions or are unable to come to campus, please email [email protected] to make alternate arrangements.

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.  A Seating and Procession Order map showing gathering and seating locations may be viewed here:  Graduate & CCS Ceremony Seating and Procession   Undergraduate Seating & Procession

Ceremony Seating
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. A sign language interpreter will be present at the Commencement ceremony. Please contact the Office of the President at [email protected] or 609-896-5001 if you require special needs accommodations. 

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 the Student Recreation Center (SRC). 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 the SRC. Bleacher and floor seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Standing room is available on the track above the seating/stage area.

The ceremony, whether indoors or outdoors, will also be broadcast live in the Alumni Gym, 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.  Graduate and CCS students will receive 5 tickets for the May 12, 2106 Graduate/CCS ceremony and undergraduates will receive 2 tickets for the May 13, 2016 Undergraduate ceremony.  Please note that additional rain tickets are not available and requests for additional tickets cannot be honored.

May 13 Breakfast
All undergraduates and their guests are invited to the Graduating Seniors' Breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, May 13 in Daly's Dining Center hosted by the Rider University Alumni Association. Graduating student-athletes and their guests are invited to attend the Bronc Farewell Breakfast on Friday, May 13 at 7 a.m. in the "Little Italy" section of Daly's Dining Center.

Celebration Reception
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. You can expect delivery 4-6 weeks after your graduation date.  If you would like a copy of your transcript, please request it through the Registrar's Office.  Information and the Transcript Request Form can be found on the Registrar's Office web page.  Diplomas and transcripts shall indicate academic honors based upon the cumulative grade point average achieved at the end of the senior year.

Academic Honors
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 2015 for May 2016 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 application has been submitted by checking the Commencement candidates list posted on the Commencement Candidates web page.  The lists are updated daily as degree applications are submitted. Students should check that their name is spelled properly; how it appears on the list will be as it appears on your diploma. Any changes should be reported to the Registrar's Office at 896-5065. If you are not listed and feel you should be, please contact your dean’s office directly.

Commencement Announcements
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.

Flower Orders
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 Inc. 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 a Rider backdrop as you approach the stage, and a second time as you shake President Dell'Omo’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 recording of the Commencement ceremony will be available for viewing on this website after the ceremony.  DVD copies may be ordered through the Rider University Office of Information Technologies (OIT) using the downloadable order form. Please contact 609-896-5000 x7375 with any questions concerning the Commencement DVD.

Greening Graduation
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 [email protected].