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Commencement 2020

Greetings CMSRU Graduates!

We are excited this year to celebrate the graduation of CMSRU’s Class of 2020! This important event will take place on Rowan University’s main campus in Glassboro, inside Pfleeger Concert Hall at Wilson Hall on Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m..

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.

Click here to download the CMSRU Class of 2020 Commencement Check List.

Accessible Accommodations:

If your guest requires accessible parking accommodations for the Commencement ceremonies, you MUST contact the parking office at Passes are assigned to qualified guests on a first-come, first-served basis.


Commencement Speaker

To Be Announced

Important CMSRU Commencement Dates


University-Wide Main Ceremony and Celebration

Saturday, May 9, 2020
University Ceremony & Celebration, 3 p.m.
Wackar Stadium Rain Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am

On Saturday, May 9, 2019 at 3 p.m., Rowan University will continue the tradition started two years ago 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 14. 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.

Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel series MythBusters, will be Rowan University’s 2020 commencement speaker.


Graduation Applications are due by February 21, 2020.

Confirm Commencement participation by March 2, 2020.

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.


Tickets are not required for CMSRU’s Commencement Ceremony at Pfleeger Concert Hall on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 1 p.m.. 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.

Guest tickets are required for the University Ceremony and Celebration in Wackar Stadium on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Students who confirm their participation by Monday, March 2, 2020 deadline are eligible for a maximum of six (6) guest tickets to the University Ceremony in Wackar Stadium. Tickets will be available for students to download once they R.S.V.P. to Commencement.


For the CMSRU Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m., 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 directions to Rowan University and parking information for CMSRU’s Commencement Ceremony

If you are attending the University Ceremony and Celebration, please review Rowan’s Commencement web pages for parking information.


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

Additionally, starting at 11 a.m., a shuttle will run every 15 minutes from the Courtyard by Marriott on Rowan Boulevard in Glassboro to Pfleeger Concert Hall.

Accessible Accommodations

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

Please click HERE for information on Accessible Accommodations for CMSRU’s Class of 2020 Commencement

In Case of Rain

CMSRU’s Commencement Ceremony is held indoors, so it will NOT be affected by the weather. However, 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.

For the University-wide Main Ceremony and Celebration at Wackar Stadium, the rain date is Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Please click HERE for more details about the Commencement Inclement Weather Plans

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
Phone: (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)

This webpage will be updated periodically. Please check back often for new and important information!