Westminster Choir College Commencement Information

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

2:00 p.m. start time (pre-ceremony music begins at 1:15 p.m.)
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ

If you will complete your degree requirements in December 2019, May 2020 or August 2020, please review the following important information:

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

  1. file a degree application in myRider
  2. pay all financial obligations to the University
  3. return all books to the University Library
  4. obtain your free regalia at the Rider Bookstore (see ordering instructions below)

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 2020 can participate in the 2020 commencement ceremony. December 2019 graduates should plan to walk in December 2020.

Westminster Choir College Commencement Details

Academic Attire

You DO NOT HAVE TO PAY for your regalia. If you plan to participate in Commencement this spring, you must order the appropriate academic regalia - gown, hood, cap, and tassel.


Regalia may only be ordered online, through the website listed above, through August 30, 2020.

You may pick up your regalia between October 1 and December 12 at the Rider Bookstore. Late orders may be delayed in delivery. For questions, please email or Alex Kanter, Director of Performance Management, at [email protected].

Commencement Day Instructions

Students should plan to arrive at the Princeton University Chapel quad one hour prior to the 2:00 p.m. procession. A more detailed schedule will be emailed to all graduates later this Summer.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Diplomas will not be distributed during the Commencement ceremony. Upon clearance from the Associate Dean for Academic Administration and the Academic Coordinator, the Associate Dean's Office 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. Diplomas and transcripts shall indicate academic honors based upon the cumulative grade point average achieved upon completion of academic requirements.

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 2019 for May 2020 Commencement) for undergraduates and at the end of the third semester for graduate students. Honors, as noted in the Commencement program and by tassel color, are awarded as follows:

Undergraduate (white tassel):

Summa Cum Laude: academic average 3.8 - 4.00
Magna Cum Laude: academic average 3.60 - 3.79
Cum Laude: academic average 3.4 - 3.59

Graduate (cranberry tassel):

With Distinction: academic average above 3.85 in all 500, 600, 700 level courses

Commencement Announcements and Tickets

Tickets and announcements will be available Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, December 12th in the Rider Box Office (BLC, 2nd floor). Each graduate/walker will receive six (6) free announcements and envelopes. You may purchase additional announcements for 25 cents each. Each graduate/walker will receive six (6) free tickets. Additional tickets will not be available.

Note: Information regarding how to request mailing tickets and announcements to graduates will be emailed to all graduates in early September.

Commencement Photos

Professional photographers from Legacy Photographic will photograph all graduates during the ceremony. They will take a photo of you shaking hands with President Dell'Omo 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 will be available for digital download for members of the graduating classes. Additional information regarding the download will follow separately for graduating students.

Safety Efforts

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.