Commencement 2021 – May 18 and 19
Due to the reduced capacity and social distancing measures that must be in place, the Class of 2021 Commencement (as well as the Class of 2020 Commencement) will be held over several in-person ceremonies May 18 and May 19.
Graduates from the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 were asked to register to attend, and the exact dates and times for each graduate’s ceremony are listed below:
Tuesday, May 18, 10 a.m.
All 2021 Graduate Students (Master’s and Doctoral Degrees)
Tuesday, May 18, 2 p.m.
2021 Undergraduates from the following:
Silberman College of Business
Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering
International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management
School of Psychology and Counseling
Wednesday, May 19, 10 a.m.
2021 Undergraduates from the following:
Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences
Peter Sammartino School of Education
Wednesday, May 19, 2 p.m.
Class of 2020
These ceremony assignments are final, and graduates cannot attend a different ceremony. Seat assignments for guests are allocated by graduates and must be confined to the exact date and time. Information on how to register for tickets for guests will be provided shortly.
Graduates must have declared for graduation with the Office of Enrollment Services (see instructions below) to be eligible for attending the ceremony. Those who have declared and have received a certification letter, and who wish to attend Commencement but have not been assigned a ceremony should contact Craig Mourton at Mourton@fdu.edu.
Those who have missed the deadline to register will be accommodated only if space remains available.
Tickets and Event Overview
Because of reduced capacity at the stadium, graduates will be limited to four guests all seated in the same pod. Graduates will have their names read and will walk across the stage and be recognized in front of their families and friends. The event will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend.
Those who registered to attend will receive follow-up information shortly with the ceremony details and a link to register through Ticketmaster for tickets for guests. There is no charge for tickets, but graduates must register for tickets for their guests. Guests will not be permitted to enter MetLife Stadium on the day of the ceremony without an electronic ticket or a PDF printout.
Please note that these plans are contingent upon continued governmental approval for such an event and health and safety considerations at the time.
Regalia (Caps and Gowns)
All Class of 2021 graduates should now order their caps, gowns, tassels, hoods (if applicable), and other commencement-related items by following the link below.
Click here to order your academic regalia. Regalia can be ordered online and shipped directly to students. Online ordering closes on April 16.
Many members of the Class of 2020 ordered their regalia last year. Graduates from 2020 who need to order regalia can go here. Regalia can be ordered online and shipped directly to graduates. Online ordering closes April 16.
Medals, Stoles and Cords
The Office of Enrollment Services distributes the student medallions that are awarded based on academic performance. Students with questions about medallions can email Registrar@fdu.edu. Stoles and cords are distributed by the individual academic departments, and questions can be directed to the specific department.
Students who attended Wroxton College, click here.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is partnering with Lors Studio for graduates from the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 who wish to purchase senior portraits. Below is a list of available dates for appointments and the location. The suggested dress code is professional business attire. Males should wear a shirt, tie and jacket. The portrait session will include professional portraits and cap and gown poses so please bring your caps and gowns if you have them. Caps and gowns also will be provided by Lors.
In addition, at the Commencement ceremony, FDU will have Grad Images taking pictures as the students walk to the stage. Grad Images will be in contact with the graduates who wish to purchase the pictures taken at Commencement.
Available dates for appointments:
April 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hilton Garden, 304 Route 22 West, Springfield, N.J.
April 20, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hilton Garden, 304 Route 22 West, Springfield, N.J.
April 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hilton Garden, 304 Route 22 West, Springfield, N.J.
April 22, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hilton Garden, 304 Route 22 West, Springfield N.J.
April 23, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hilton Garden, 304 Route 22 West, Springfield N.J.
You can schedule your appointment online. (If you do not have access to a computer, you may call customer service at 908-964-8200.)
Rings and Diploma Frames
Graduates can commemorate their achievement with customized FDU class rings and diploma frames. The following discounts are available: $300 off 10 Karat Gold, $400 off 14 Karat Gold, or $500 off 18 Karat Gold. Also, please use the promo code SHP21 for free shipping on diploma frames.
Students must file with the Office of Enrollment Services to notify the University that you intend to graduate in May 2021. The application is located in WebAdvisor under Academic Profile. Click on the link: Application for Graduation. You will be notified by the Records Department if you meet degree requirements, shortly after you declare.
A graduation application fee will be billed to your account and it will be noted in WebAdvisor on your student bill.