Westminster Choir College Commencement Information

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Friday, May 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ

Pre-ceremony music begins at 3:15 p.m.

Download the Commencement Program (PDF)

If you will complete your degree requirements in December 2018, May 2019 or August 2019, please review the following important information:

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

  1. filed a degree application on line (myRider)
  2. paid all financial obligations to the University
  3. returned all books to the University Library
  4. 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 2019 can participate in the 2019 commencement ceremony. December 2018 graduates should plan to walk in May 2019.

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 - from the bookstore. Regalia may be ordered in person, at the WCC bookstore on Monday, April 8th, from 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., or by email ([email protected]) between Monday, April 1st and Wednesday, April 17th. (For email orders, please fill out this order form in its entirety and send to [email protected]). After April 17th, orders will be considered late and will be assessed late fees. You may pick up your regalia between April 30th and May 10th in the Performance Management Office (Williamson Hall, 3rd Floor). Late orders may be delayed in delivery. An email from the bookstore will be sent to graduates when regalia have arrived. The announcement will also be posted on their Facebook page: Westminster Music and Books. For questions, please email Jasmine the bookstore manager at [email protected] or Alex Kanter at [email protected].

Commencement Day Instructions

Students should plan to arrive at the Princeton University Chapel quad one hour prior to the 4:00 p.m. procession.

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 2018 for May 2019 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 Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 26th, from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the WCC Box Office (Cullen Center).

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: Any graduates who are currently off-campus during these times due to student teaching or other jobs may email Alex Kanter at [email protected] and Laura Wilson at [email protected] to make arrangements for ticket/announcement pick-up.

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.