Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony Information

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017. Procession at 10:30 AM. Ceremony at 11:00 AM at the PNC Bank Arts Center, located at Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway.

Arrival Time for Graduates

Doors will be open at 9:30 a.m. to graduates and 9:45 a.m. for their guests. Graduates must report for robing and formation of the line of march by 10:00 a.m.

Candidates Eligible to Attend – See Attached

Undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in December 2016 or expect to graduate in May or August 2017.

Academic Attire – Caps, Gowns, and Hoods

Academic attire consisting of a cap, gown, and hood will be distributed at the Graduation Salute to all graduates eligible to attend the Commencement ceremony. Only those graduates wearing proper academic attire will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. You must attend the Graduation Salute at your campus to obtain Commencement items. These items will be distributed at the Jersey City Campus Graduation Salute on April 18 and April 19, 2017 and at the Englewood Cliffs Campus Graduation Salute on April 25, 2017.
Note: The Englewood Cliffs Graduation Salute is for Englewood Cliff students only.


Graduates are allotted 10 guest invitations each, and will also receive a NAME CARD when they pick up their caps, gowns, and hoods at the Graduation Salute. This card ensures that your name will be read from the stage during the ceremony. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR NAME CARD WITH YOU. THIS IS ALSO YOUR ENTRANCE TICKET.

If you need to request additional guest invitations, contact Emily Dembosky by May 8, 2017. Please fill out the request form at the Graduate Salute.

If you are unable to pick up your academic attire and invitations on any of the scheduled dates, we ask that you have a family member or a friend pick them up for you. The person whom you will send must present your Saint Peter’s I.D. card and a letter of authorization signed by you.

Conferral of Degrees

Prior to the conferral of degrees by the President, each graduate will proceed to the stage and will have his/her name read aloud by an academic dean or faculty member. The President will personally congratulate you. You will be lined up according to your school and degree.

Civility, Courtesy, Dignity, Honor, and Respect

The Commencement ceremony is expected to be conducted in a respectful and dignified manner. All those who participate in and attend the Commencement ceremony are expected to conduct themselves in the most positive manner. Commencement is for the entire University community, which includes the graduates, their families and friends; honored guests; faculty, administration, and staff; and alumni.

As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Saint Peter’s University articulates its mission and philosophy in many ways, including the description of its University Community Standards. These standards are found in the Student Handbook, The NET. The following is extracted from the section entitled, The Student-University Contract: Principles of Student Conduct:

“Working together as a community, students, faculty, and staff help foster a campus atmosphere that furthers the mission of the University. Students are expected to enhance the University Community Standards. This expectation calls for behavior that demonstrates the five principles of student conduct: respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for property, respect for authority, and honesty.”

In the spirit of respect, as well as civility, courtesy, dignity, and honor, the following expectations apply to all participants and guests:

  • Respect the dignity of the ceremony – It is the most important event of the University’s academic year.
  • Honor your fellow graduates – Do not leave until the ceremony is over. The graduates called to the stage at the end of the Presentation of Graduates deserve the SAME courtesy and respect as those called at the beginning. The official Conferral of Degrees by the President cannot take place unless ALL graduates are present in their seats.
  • Show your courtesy by giving your undivided attention to the speakers – The people speaking at the podium during the ceremony should not be upstaged or drowned out by members of the audience.
  • Allow the graduates to access the stage without impeding their mobility – Do not disrespect the University marshals and security personnel by forcing your way by them.