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2021 Arching & Commencement Ceremonies

Ramapo College plans to host Class of 2021 graduates and their guests for the time-honored tradition of Arching on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Arching Ceremony will begin at 4:15 p.m. and will be held on campus at the Arch.

The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin with the academic processional at 8:45 a.m.

The Graduate Programs Commencement Ceremony is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021 on campus in the Arena of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin with the academic processional at 5:15 p.m.

Ceremony dates and venues are subject to change as conditions and restrictions in our region continue to shift due to the pandemic. Due to the uncertainty during these times, we appreciate your patience and understanding over the upcoming months. The College must abide by NJ state regulations on in-person gatherings; and the safety of our graduates, their guests and our employees will always be a top priority. Updates will be posted on this webpage and shared with graduates via their Ramapo e-mail address. 

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Graduation Application 

A graduation application is required to graduate from Ramapo College regardless of participation in Commencement and related events.

Click here to download the application and for step-by-step instructions.

Graduation Term Graduation Application Deadline Official Conferral of Degrees Receipt of Mailed Diploma
Fall September 30 January 30 Mid-March
Spring January 30 June 20 Late July
Summer March 30 August 30 Late September
What is the Graduation Fee?

The graduation fee is a $100.00 non‐refundable fee assessed to all students who have filed for graduation. The fee will be added directly your bill/account. This fee covers costs associated with degree processing. It is not a fee associated with participation in Commencement, and it does not cover the cost of your regalia (cap & gown).

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

At Ramapo College, Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as certified and recorded on the official transcript.  Students graduate (degrees are conferred) three times per year, at the conclusion of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion (or anticipated completion) of your degree.  Commencement Ceremonies (one for Undergraduates and one for Graduate Students) traditionally take place at the conclusion of the Spring semester only, and all January graduates and June and August graduation candidates from that year are invited to participate.  These ceremonies mark the conclusion of your academic career – a time for the Ramapo College community, along with your family and friends, to celebrate you.  Participation in one of the Commencement Ceremonies DOES NOT guarantee graduation.

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Regalia (Cap & Gown)

Online ordering for your academic regalia (cap & gown) is now available!  Click here to place your order. Your regalia will be conveniently shipped directly to you. (Shipping & Handling fees apply)

The Bachelor’s package (for undergraduates) is $81.50 and includes a black cap & gown, degree color tassel, commemorative zipper pull, and Ramapo stole. The Master’s package (for graduate students) is $86.50 and includes a maroon cap & gown, degree color tassel, commemorative zipper pull, and hood.

Graduates should wear their regalia at both the Arching Ceremony and their respective Commencement Ceremony.

Online ordering will be available until March 26, 2021.

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Yearbooks

All sessions for yearbook senior portraits are complete.

Yearbooks are free for the graduating class, and information regarding how to obtain a yearbook will be available on the Commencement website in April. If you have any questions regarding the yearbook, please e-mail yearbook@ramapo.edu.

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