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.

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

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.  Regalia may be ordered in person, or by email ([email protected]) between Monday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 18.  After April 18, orders will be considered late and will be assessed late fees.  

Pick up regalia between April 30 – May 11.  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, call, or visit the bookstore manager, Jasmine at 609-921-1656.  

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 10:30 a.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 2017 for May 2018 Commencement). Honors, as noted in the Commencement program and by tassel color, are awarded as follows:

Undergraduate (white tassel):

Summa Cum Laude: academic average 3.8 - 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

Commencement announcements and tickets will be available at the Cullen Center Box Office the week of Monday, April 9, Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri, 12:30-1:30 p.m.  and the week of April 16,  Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Each graduating student receives six free announcements and six tickets. Additional announcements, including envelopes, are available for 25 cents each. Additional tickets are not available.

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.