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Commencement 2018

Greetings CMSRU Graduates!

CMSRU Class of 2018 Commencement Information

We are excited this year to celebrate the graduation of CMSRU’s Class of 2018! This important event will take place at Rowan University’s main campus on the picturesque University Green.

To view the CMSRU Commencement 2018 Fact Sheet, click here.

Important CMSRU Commencement Dates

Regalia fitting:  Tuesday, March 13, 8 a.m.-Noon, Learning Commons

Commencement Rehearsal: Thursday, May 10 at 4:45 p.m., University Green at Rowan

Class of 2018 Student Reception:  Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m., Adelphia in Deptford, NJ.  Students will be permitted to bring two guests, plus themselves.

Commencement Date: Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. on the University Green at Rowan. Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. for professional class portrait and to line up for the procession. Post-Commencement Reception, Wilson Hall Patio.

University-Wide Main Ceremony and Celebration

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Rowan University will start the tradition 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; oods will not be worn until the CMSRU event on May 11. 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 28, 2018

Confirm Commencement participation by April 17, 2018. Students must confirm participation in University-Wide Ceremony and the CMSRU Ceremony.


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 for directions to the campus location for the actual Commencement event. 


Tickets are NOT required for the CMSRU Commencement ceremony or Rain Ceremony event and there is no limit on the number of guests.  The University Green and Esby Gymnasium are large enough that students may bring as many people as they wish.

Tickets ARE required for the University-Wide Main Ceremony.  Each student will be allotted eight (8) tickets.  See the Commencement 2018 Fact Sheet for information on downloading tickets. 


Graduates and guests are encouraged to park in lots on the north side of campus. Available lots include B, C, D, M-1, O and O-1. Cars without Rowan parking decals will not be ticketed during Commencement Week. Please note, Lots P, R and Y are closed during Commencement Week.


Shuttles with handicap accessibility are available to take guests from the parking areas on the north side of campus to the University Green. Shuttle pickup is located behind the Wackar Stadium (football field) home stands -- please look for the shuttle signs.

Additionally, starting at 8 a.m., a shuttle will run every 15 minutes from the Marriott Courtyard to the University Green.

Special Needs Accommodations

The distance between parking lots and ceremony locations can be long and strenuous 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, ceremonies on the University Green will be cancelled and CMSRU’s event will be held in the Esbjornson (Esby) Gymnasium. Tickets will NOT be needed for the CMSRU’s Rain Ceremony inside Esby Gymnasium

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 to their rain ceremony location.

Inclement weather notification will be announced the morning of Commencement, beginning at 7 a.m.:

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 the University Green where 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!