The Westminster Choir College Commencement 2013 event dates are:
- Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremony
Friday, May 17, 2013, 4 p.m.
at the Princeton University Chapel
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
at the Princeton University Chapel
If you completed your degree requirements in December 2012, or plan to in 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
- obtained your free regalia at Westminster Music and Books
If you have any questions about your graduation eligibility, please contact the Academic Coordinator as soon as possible. Only students who will fulfill graduation requirements before September 2013 can participate in the 2013 commencement ceremony. December 2013 graduates should plan to walk in May 2014.
Westminster Choir College Commencement Details
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. Ordering will take place between Friday, March 8 and Friday, April 12, and may be ordered at Westminster Music and Books. Fulfillment 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.
Commencement Day Instructions
Students should plan to arrive at the Princeton University Chapel quad one hour prior to the 4 p.m. procession.
All graduates and their guests are invited to a reception following the ceremony. Please join your classmates and their families in the Playhouse following commencement for desserts and beverages.
Diplomas and Transcripts
Diplomas will not be distributed during the Commencement ceremony. Upon clearance from the Registrar and Dean, the Academic Coordinator will order the diploma from the diploma company 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 upon completion of academic requirements.
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:
Commencement Announcements and Tickets
Commencement announcements and tickets will be available Monday, April 15 through Friday, May 3, in the Office of Performance Management. Each student receives six free announcements and six tickets. Additional announcements, including envelopes, are available for 25 cents each. Additional tickets are not available. Potential graduates will receive a detailed email with this and other information concerning commencement.
Professional photographers from Legacy Photographic will photograph all graduates during the ceremony. They will take one photo of you shaking hands with President Rozanski on the altar of the Princeton University Chapel. 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.
Archival Audio Recording
An archival audio recording of the ceremony will be made available through the Office of Performance Management approximately six weeks after the ceremony. Drop cards for digital download will be available for purchase.