The Department of Student Life & Activities invites all employees of the College to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in the Robert Collins Arena.

The morning ceremony honoring AA graduates starts at 10 AM, and the afternoon ceremony honoring AS, AAS, and Certificate graduates will start at 3 PM.

Please see below for further information.

Are you a member of the dais / platform party? All dais participants are asked to coordinate their academic regalia order and details of participation with Michelle Stathum in the Office of Advancement. Please call 732-224-2705 or email

Do you want to help out at graduation? All Brookdale employees are invited to volunteer at the ceremonies. Student Life & Activities needs help with student robing, assisting guests, and coordinating various activities for this important event. The deadline to sign-up for volunteering was April 18, 2019. If you would like to volunteer at this time, please send an email to with your ceremony of choice.

Faculty and Administrators are invited to participate in the procession. As in years past, the college will cover the cost of renting your academic regalia. Please note, the deadline to both order academic regalia and sign up for participation was April 5, 2019.

For those faculty and administrators who submitted an academic regalia order form: our vendor, Worldwide Gear, will produce the appropriate academic regalia (as close to your college/university as possible) and have it available for pick up from the Scroll and Pen bookstore in the Warner Student Life Center from April 29, 2019 – May 9, 2019.

Procession participants are asked to arrive at the SLC Twin Lights Rooms at 9 AM for the morning session, and at 2 PM for the afternoon. Student Life & Activities will be providing coffee service in Twin Lights in the morning. Student Life & Activities will also provide lunch after the morning ceremony for all faculty, administrators, and staff participating and volunteering in graduation in the Navesink Rooms of the Warner Student Life Center. After each ceremony, there will be a reception with light refreshments on the patio of the Student Life Center for graduates and their families. We encourage you to stop by to take photos with your graduates!

Faculty and staff: have a family member graduating this year?  The Student Success Division would like to invite full-time employees who have a child or spouse graduating in May to present a “diploma” to their loved one. Please contact the Student Life & Activities office by e-mailing by April 29, 2019 with your name and the name of your graduate so that seating can be arranged to prevent interruption of the flow of the ceremony.

Faculty: have an exemplary student graduating? If one of your students is graduating and you feel they have a compelling story to share, please encourage them to enter the competition to present the student speech at their respective ceremony. Also, if you know an involved student leader who is graduating, please encourage them to run for the Graduate Trustee position. More details about these student activities may be found in Information for Graduating Students.