Information for Graduating Students

Please review information on this page on how to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Information on everything from applying for graduation to how to order your cap and gown is available in the FAQ below.

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact Student Life & Activities at

How and when do I apply for graduation?

Students who have a minimum of 45 degree credits by the beginning of the graduation semester are sent an email from the Registrar regarding graduation eligibility. If eligible, students can submit an application for graduation via WebAdvisor (instructions below), or by appointment with an Academic Advisor. The deadlines to apply for graduation are*:

Fall Term – October 31
Winterim – December 12
Spring & Summer I – March 15
Summer II & III Term – July 1

*Summer I applicants who do not intend to participate in commencement have until May 15. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline date will be the next business day.

To check if you are eligible to apply for graduation through WebAdvisor, click on the MyBrookdale red tab at the top right corner of this webpage.  When the Quick Launch bar pops up, click on the WebAdvisor icon, and then click on Application for Graduation from the Student Menu to check your eligibility to apply for graduation online.

If, for whatever reason, WebAdvisor does not allow you to apply, you may meet with an Academic Advisor to verify your graduation eligibility. This action must be taken as soon as possible so you do not miss out on future correspondence about graduation.

What are the graduation requirements?

The graduation requirements in force during a degree student’s first term are those by which the courses will be selected and evaluated for graduation. Should a program change during a student’s tenure at Brookdale, the student may still graduate by meeting the requirements in force during the first term of that program. Students who withdraw for a year and are later re-admitted or change programs must follow graduation requirements in effect in the re-entry term. In rare circumstances, a course substitution may be made for a program requirement. Institute Dean Approval is required for the substitution.

Detailed Graduation requirements can be found under these College Regulations:
Matriculation Regulation
Graduation Regulation
Foundational Studies Regulation

How do I request a transcript to show I graduated?

If you need your transcripts to reflect your status as a graduate, please note this information will not automatically appear on a transcript until approximately two to three weeks after the graduation date.  Whether you request online, by postal mail, or in person, please be sure to check the box indicating “hold for recording of degree” if you wish transcripts to include your status as a graduate. Detailed information on transcript requests can be found here.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed within 12 weeks after the Registrar’s Office confirms graduation requirements have been met.

When and where is my ceremony?

In order to accommodate more guests, Brookdale holds two ceremonies on the same day; this year on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

The morning session for Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree candidates starts at 10 AM. The afternoon session for Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associates in Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Certificate Program Candidates starts at 3 PM.  

Both ceremonies are held in the Robert Collins Arena on the Lincroft Campus. If you need to provide your guests directions to campus they may be found on the Maps & Directions link. If your degree program has an additional ceremony, such as the Allied Health Pinning Ceremony, Nurses Pinning Ceremony or Culinary Awards reception, please contact your program’s office directly for more information.

When and where do I report for the ceremony?

All graduates are asked to arrive one hour before each ceremony (9 AM for the morning and 2 PM for the afternoon) and report to the Brookdale Recreation & Events Center (B-REC) to line up for the formal entry into the Collins Arena. Our volunteers will assist you in getting in alphabetical order by last name so your families will know when to expect your name as you cross the stage. Please note: there is no graduation practice.

When you arrive, you will also be asked to fill out a note card with your name and details so that your name may be announced correctly and so that, after the ceremony, the photographer may contact you directly about ordering prints.

How do I get my Honor Regalia?

Armed Forces Honor Cords

Are you a Veteran of the US Armed Forces or a member of the Reserves or National Guard? Are you eligible for Commencement this May? If so, you may be eligible to receive an Armed Forces Cord for graduation and be recognized for your service to our country. To be eligible, you must either:

Have served as a member of the US Armed Forces in an Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard capacity as is evidenced by a DD-214. Discharge must be anything other than a “Dishonorable”. “Less than Honorable” or “Other than Honorable” Discharge.


Are a current member of the Reserves, National Guard or Active Duty and have been deployed. Evidence of deployment as evidenced by an issued DD-214. Discharge must be anything other than a “Dishonorable”, “Less than Honorable” or “Other than Honorable” Discharge.

Please bring your Member 4-Copy DD-214 and Brookdale Student ID card to the Veterans Center, MAC 112 from Monday April 29 to Thursday May 9, during operating hours Monday-Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:30-4:00pm. Please note, cords are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Armed Forces Cord sponsored by the Brookdale Student Veterans Club with support from the Student Life Board.

Education Opportunity Fund Cords

Graduates enrolled in Brookdale’s Educational Opportunity Fund Program are encouraged to wear their program admission honor cords, Chi Alpha Epsilon Academic Honor Society honor cords, and graduation stoles at their graduation commencement. Please contact the EOF office directly for more information on securing these items at 732-224-2510.

National Society of Leadership & Success

Please contact Career & Leadership Development office directly at for more information regarding purchasing stole and cords for commencement.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Stole

Brookdale’s Alpha Pi Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society will be selling honor stoles to graduating members at the cost of $40. The Key Honors Stole is made of gold satin and finished with an embroidered Key Medallion. Please check directly with the chapter for more details or contact chapter advisor Angela Saragusa through the link above.

How do I pick up my cap and gown?

The fee for regalia covers cost of the cap, gown, hood, and tassel. All orders will be delivered to Brookdale’s Scroll and Pen Bookstore in the Warner SLC where students will be able to pick up their regalia, guest tickets for their ceremony, and announcements to mail to family and friends from April 29, 2019 – May 9, 2019.

How do I obtain guest tickets?

Because the number of graduates has risen in recent years, we now limit the number of tickets to four per family. Tickets will be distributed with your cap and gown in the Scroll and Pen Bookstore from April 29, 2019 – May 9, 2019.

Please be advised that no one without a ticket will be allowed in the Arena (this includes children of all ages). All guests without a ticket will be directed to the Warner Student Life Center where additional seating and a live broadcast of the ceremony will be provided.

How do I request an accommodation?

If you need accommodation, please contact Student Life & Activities at

You will need to give your name, contact information, and the nature of your request. We work collaboratively with the Office of Disability Services to make sure we are able to meet all reasonable accommodations. Please make sure we receive requests by April 26, 2019 so we have enough time to coordinate assistance.

I’m interested in giving the student speech at my ceremony. How do I enter my name for consideration?

One graduate from both sessions will be selected to give a speech at each of the 2019 Commencement Ceremonies as the student speaker. To be eligible to address the graduating class, you must be participating in the ceremony. Speakers must also be available to practice their speech in the Collins Arena at a time to be determined prior to the ceremonies.

For your speech to be considered, it must be typed and submitted to Student Life & Activities via our commencement email at  When you submit your speech, you must also give your student ID number and contact information. Your speech should be a personal story about how Brookdale Community College positively impacted your life. Please limit your speech to three typed pages, double-spaced. For students interested in speaking at their ceremony, the deadline for submitting a commencement speech for consideration is April 12, 2019.

I’m interested in serving as Graduate Trustee. How do I run?

If you have applied for graduation, you should have received a message inviting you to consider running for the position of Graduate Trustee. The position is for one year, with a time commitment of at least two meetings per month. The Graduate Trustee serves as the student voice on the Brookdale Board of Trustees and has a vital impact on how the college is run.

The deadline for submitting applications for Graduate Trustee is April 10, 2019.

Voting will be held April 23, 2019 – April 25, 2019.

How do I vote for Graduate Trustee?

The elections for the open board seat will be held online through the CANVAS learning management system from Tuesday April 23 -Thursday April 25, 2019. A link to the shell will be available on Brookdale’s online calendar of events as well as sent in an email message to all graduating students once the field of candidates is finalized. All students may only vote once.

Is there any other information I should be aware of?

Be on time! The lineup takes quite a while so you must be at the Brookdale Recreation & Events Center at the time designated – at least a full hour before Ceremony kickoff.  Anyone arriving late will be placed at the end of the line, which will not follow the alphabetical listing in the program.

Please leave all personal belongings in the car or with an attending guest, be prepared to bring bobby pins for your cap; be advised to wear comfortable shoes and weather/ ceremony appropriate attire.

Plan to stay! Commencement can run late since there are more than 500 graduates marching in each of the two ceremonies.  Once Commencement begins, no graduate will be permitted to leave. If you have plans following the graduation ceremony, please keep this in mind.

Enjoy yourself! This is a special moment for you, and the entire Brookdale community is proud of your achievement!