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2016 Rider University's 151st Commencement

Commencement is a proud day for students, families and the entire Rider University community as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates. We look forward to welcoming you to the Rider campus. 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].

The Commencement 2016 event dates are:

  • Graduate and College of Continuing Studies Commencement ceremony
    Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5 p.m., Campus Green, Lawrenceville
  • Undergraduate Commencement ceremony
    Friday, May 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m., Campus Green, Lawrenceville
  • Westminster Choir College Commencement ceremony
    Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m., Princeton University Chapel, Princeton

The following information pertains to the Lawrenceville campus ceremonies.
Please click here for more information on the Westminster Commencement ceremony.

Scroll down or click on the following links for Lawrenceville campus Commencement details:

Ceremony Seating Severe Weather Policy and Rain Tickets Commencement Photos
Special Needs Parking and Seating Diplomas, Transcripts and Academic Honors Commencement DVDs
May 13 Breakfasts Commencement Announcements Directions and Dining
Celebration Reception Flower Orders  

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. Graduates approach the stage from the side they are seated on, walk across the stage to be congratulated by the University President and Deans and then exit on the opposite side of the stage. Please choose your seat based on your viewing preference.  A Seating and Procession Order map showing gathering and seating locations may be viewed here:  Graduate & CCS Ceremony Seating and Procession   Undergraduate Seating & Procession

Special Needs 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.

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.

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.
In the event of severe weather (heavy winds; lightning; heavy, continuing rain), the Commencement ceremony will take place in the Student Recreation Center (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, 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 distributed is determined by the number of approved degree applications and indoor location seat capacity. In 2016 graduate and CCS students will receive 5 tickets for the May 12, 2016 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.

Live video streaming of the event can also be viewed on The latest information about the location of the ceremony will be announced on the Rider website; the Rider information hotline at 609-219-2000; and local radio stations including WRRC 107.7 FM, WPST 94.5 FM, NJ 101.5 FM, WHWH 1350 AM, WBUD 1260 AM, WIMG 1300 AM, and WOR-NY 710 AM.

Diplomas, Transcripts and Academic Honors
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.

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 web site.

Commencement Photos
Professional photographers from Legacy Photographic will photograph all graduates during the Commencement ceremony. One photo will be taken in front of a Rider backdrop as the graduate approaches the stage, and a second time as the graduate is congratulated by President Dell'Omo 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.

Commencement DVDs
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.

Directions and Dining
Click here for directions to Rider’s Lawrenceville campus and a map of the campus. If you plan to make dinner/lunch reservations following the Commencement ceremony, please give yourself ample time as there will be traffic delays. Please click here for a list of local restaurants.

For more information, please contact (609) 896-5001 or [email protected].