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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ FOR GRADS

IS THERE A GRADUATION PRACTICE OR REHEARSAL THAT GRADUATES NEED TO ATTEND?

No, graduates will be provided with guidance on the day of the ceremony. It is important that all grads meet in Baldwin Gym no later than one hour before their designated ceremony to ensure they receive all necessary instruction.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS ANY RAIN IN THE FORECAST THIS WEEK?

Update on 5/6/24:

  • All Commencement ceremonies will remain outside on Mead Hall Lawn. 

  • Please dress appropriately for the weather. We suggest bringing a rain jacket, poncho, etc., in the case of inclement weather.

  • Do not wear high heels or other shoes that will sink into the grass as the lawn may be wet and muddy due to potential rain during the week.

  • Sunscreen, hats, and other protective sun gear are also encouraged as the lawn is an open area with no shade.

  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the seating area.

SHOULD GRADUATES WEAR THEIR REGALIA TO CHECK-IN ON GRADUATION DAY?

All graduates participating in 2024 Commencement ceremonies will be required to wear Drew University regalia. This includes robes, caps, tassels, and hoods. 

Have a question/concern regarding regalia? Please contact the Drew University Bookstore at bookstore@drew.edu, 973.408.3097, or drop by the Bookstore located on the first floor of Commons (Commons Concourse). 

WHAT IF I LOSE OR MISPLACE MY CAP, TASSEL, OR GOWN?

Caps, tassels, and gowns are all required regalia for Commencement ceremonies. In the event of misplacing those items, graduates can purchase replacements at the Drew Bookstore. The Bookstore will be open at 8 a.m. on both Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11.

ARE UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE CORD/STOLES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATES? HOW DO GRADUATES ACQUIRE UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE CORDS/STOLES?

Cords/stoles are not required as a part of the Drew Commencement regalia package. All graduate cords are coordinated and distributed by the faculty advisor(s) for each CLA honors society and latin honors. Questions about honors cords? Contact the Dean’s Office at cladean@drew.edu.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENCEMENT GUIDELINES THAT GRADUATES SHOULD KEEP IN MIND?

We encourage you to be considerate of the location for our Commencement events. For ceremonies outside on Mead Hall Lawn (weather permitting), we ask that graduates please be mindful that high heels may sink into the grass.

Large bags, backpacks, laser pointers, fireworks, signs, balloons, umbrellas, alcohol, cans, and weapons are not allowed at the ceremony. Any item that prevents other attendees from viewing the ceremony are prohibited.

In case of any emergency, disturbance, weather, or other incident, please follow the direction of security personnel and event staff.   This ensures both the safety and enjoyment of all graduates and guests while participating in this important milestone event. 

Please note that Drew University is a smoke-free campus, and only registered service animals are permitted.

WHEN DO SENIORS CURRENTLY LIVING ON CAMPUS MOVE OUT?

A: Graduating members of the CLA currently living on campus must move out by 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024.

WHEN CAN GRADUATES EXPECT TO RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMA?

The Class of 2024 degrees will be conferred in May, and all diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application that was requested by the Registrar’s Office. Diplomas should arrive within 8-10 weeks after the conferral date, with international mailings being on the longer end of the time range.

FAQ FOR GUESTS

IS THERE A GUEST CAPACITY? DO GUESTS NEED TICKETS TO ATTEND A CEREMONY?

All seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at no cost, and will open one hour before each ceremony. There are no tickets or reservations required for guests. 

For guests with accessability needs, there will be two distinct sections available: one for accessible seating, and the second to have access to our ASL partner.

In addition, there will be an indoor livestream viewing venue, located in Crawford Hall in the Ehinger Center.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS ANY RAIN IN THE FORECAST THIS WEEK?

Update on 5/6/24:

  • All Commencement ceremonies will remain outside on Mead Hall Lawn. 

  • Please dress appropriately for the weather. We suggest bringing a rain jacket, poncho, etc., in the case of inclement weather.

  • Do not wear high heels or other shoes that will sink into the grass as the lawn may be wet and muddy due to potential rain during the week.

  • Sunscreen, hats, and other protective sun gear are also encouraged as the lawn is an open area with no shade.

  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the seating area.

HOW LONG IS EACH CEREMONY?

We anticipate each ceremony taking approximately two hours from each advertised start time.

WHERE SHOULD GUESTS PARK FOR COMMENCEMENT EVENTS ON MAY 10-11?

Upon entering campus via Lancaster Rd, please follow the directives of Drew University security personnel and staff. Carpooling or the use of ride-share services is highly encouraged due to limited parking capacity.

Handicap parking is available on-site; be sure to have a tag or permit displayed, inform the parking staff of your need, and you will be directed accordingly.

WHAT LODGING IS AVAILABLE IN THE MADISON-MORRISTOWN AREA?

No lodging will be provided on campus for non-resident students and all guests. There are various accommodations in the Madison area, such as:

WILL ALL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES BE LIVE STREAMED?

Each ceremony will be available for virtual viewing on Drew’s YouTube channel and the link will be available at drew.edu/commencement. Recordings will also be available at the conclusion of each ceremony.

WILL FOOD OR DRINKS BE AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS?

A concession stand will be available at Commencement 2024, located outside of Seminary Hall. Starbucks (located inside the Ehinger Center) and the EC Food Court will also be open.

There will also be a Drew University Bookstore tent present to purchase gifts and flowers day-of.

    WHERE CAN I FIND ASSISTANCE IF NEEDED AT COMMENCEMENT?

    There will be Commencement event staff and volunteers throughout campus during the weekend of festivities, easily identifiable by bright green t-shirts, who will be available to assist with any questions you may have.

    ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENCEMENT GUIDELINES THAT GUESTS SHOULD KEEP IN MIND?

    Large bags, backpacks, laser pointers, fireworks, signs, balloons, umbrellas, alcohol, cans, and weapons are not allowed at the ceremony. Any item that prevents other attendees from viewing the ceremony are prohibited.

    In case of any emergency, disturbance, weather, or other incident, please follow the direction of security personnel and event staff.   This ensures both the safety and enjoyment of all graduates and guests while participating in this important milestone event. 

    Please note that Drew University is a smoke-free campus, and only registered service animals are permitted.