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Commencement 2019

Greetings CMSRU Graduates!

We are excited this year to celebrate the graduation of CMSRU’s Class of 2019! This important event will take place on Rowan University’s main campus in Glassboro, inside Pfleeger Concert Hall at Wilson Hall on Thursday, May 16 at Noon.

Seating inside Pfleeger Concert Hall is plentiful, but limited.  While we will not require tickets, we request that each student bring no more than eight (8) guests to the event. 

There is ample parking relatively close to Pfleeger Concert Hall. Vans and Golf carts will be available to shuttle guests from the parking areas to the doors of the Concert Hall. 

Special Needs:  If you have guests with special needs who require handicapped parking, you must let Rowan University know.  More information on Special Needs Accommodations can be found HERE.

To view the CMSRU Commencement 2019 fact sheet/checklist, click HERE.

Click HERE to view the campus map depicting Wilson Hall and the locations for Commencement parking (please note: the map doesn’t specifically name Pfleeger Concert Hall, but it is part of Wilson Hall)


About the Speaker

This year, we are proud to welcome Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, as the CMSRU Commencement Ceremony guest speaker.

Dr. Pomeroy is president and CEO of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, which is dedicated to accelerating support for medical research. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Board of Directors for Sierra Health Foundation; Science Philanthropy Alliance; Foundation for Biomedical Research; iBiology, Inc.; New York Academy of Medicine; New York Blood Center, Inc.; and Becton Dickinson.

Dr. Pomeroy received her medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2016. Previous positions include chief of infectious diseases and associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky. She was vice chancellor and dean of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine from 2005 - 2013. She became president of the Lasker Foundation in June 2013.


Important CMSRU Commencement Dates


University-Wide Main Ceremony and Celebration

On Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 5 p.m., Rowan University will continue the tradition started last year of having a grand, single University ceremony followed by College ceremonies throughout the week. The University program will be a festive celebration complete with live music, inspirational speakers, the conferral of student degrees and, afterward, a party for students, families and friends.

The College ceremonies, including CMSRU’s Commencement event, will be held throughout the week so students can celebrate their accomplishments with the faculty and staff of their respective Colleges and be called by name to receive their diplomas.

If you choose to attend the University-Wide Main Ceremony, you will wear your robes and tams; hoods will not be worn until the CMSRU event on May 16. You will process into the venue with graduates from all of Rowan’s doctoral, graduate and undergraduate schools. Degrees will be conferred en masse; you will not be called to the stage individually. Watch for the announcement regarding the Commencement speaker for the University-Wide Main Ceremony during February.



Graduation Applications are due by February 19, 2019.

Confirm Commencement participation by April 1, 2019.

Students must confirm participation in University-Wide Ceremony and the CMSRU Ceremony by April 17.



Rowan University is located in the southern New Jersey town of Glassboro, 18 miles southeast of Philadelphia.  The campus is easily reached from the N.J. Turnpike, the Atlantic City Expressway or any of the Delaware River bridges.  The Welcome Gate is located at 257 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028. Click HERE for general directions to the campus.

Click HERE to view, download or print the map depicting  parking and the location of Pfleeger Concert Hall at Wilson Hall.



Tickets are not required for CMSRU’s Commencement Ceremony on May 16 at the Pfleeger Concert Hall.  There are 693 seats allotted for graduates and their guests.  Students may invite up to eight (8) guests to this event. To ensure that all students’ guests have seats, please do not exceed the eight guest limit.

Tickets are required for the University-Wide Main Ceremony.  Each student will be allotted eight (8) tickets.  See the Commencement 2019 Fact Sheet for information on downloading tickets.



Graduates and guests should park in lots on the north side of campus, which is where Pfleeger Concert Hall is located. Available lots include O, O-1, B and B-1.

Click here for more information on directions and parking.



Shuttles with handicap accessibility are available to take guests from the parking areas to the doors of Pfleeger Concert Hall.

Additionally, starting at 10 a.m., a shuttle will run every 15 minutes from the Courtyard by Marriott on Rowan Boulevard in Glassboro to Pfleeger Concert Hall.


Special Needs Accommodations

The distance between parking lots and ceremony locations can be challenging for elderly or mobility-impaired guests. 

Please click HERE for information on Special Needs Accommodations for CMSRU’s Class of 2018 Commencement.


In Case of Rain

In the event of a severe rainstorm, students will be notified via email the morning of the event about an alternate location for the class photo. The ceremony itself will not be affected by rain, as it is already planned to be held indoors.

Special needs parking accommodations will not change for rain ceremonies. Please follow the directions you received with your parking pass. Golf carts and shuttles will be available to transport guests with disabilities.


Hotel Accommodations for Guests

There are several hotels, inns and B&Bs near the Glassboro campus. Click HERE for a complete list of recommended accommodations.

Note that a free shuttle will run every 15 minutes between the Courtyard By Marriott on Rowan Boulevard in Glassboro and Pfleeger Concert Hall where CMSRU’s Commencement is being held.

If your guests prefer to be closer to CMSRU’s Camden campus, we are pleased to recommend the following accommodations in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Crowne Plaza
2349 Marlton Pike West,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: (856) 665-6666
(4.9 mi)

Residence Inn
1821 Old Cuthbert Rd,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: (856) 429-6111
(8.4 mi)

The Westin
555 Fellowship Rd,
Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
Phone: (856) 778-7300
(9.5 mi)

Hyatt Place
8000 Crawford Place
Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 840-0770
(10.7 mi)

Holiday Inn Express Penns Landing
100 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 627-7900
(3.4 mi)

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
400 Arch St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 923-8660
(2.5 mi)

The Franklin Hotel at Independence Park
401 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 925-0000
(2.9 mi)


Please check back periodically for new and important information!