Graduates, please review the information listed on this page to learn more about the Spring 2021 Commencement. Information on everything from applying for graduation to how to order your cap and gown is available in the FAQ below. Additional details will be added to this page for you over the coming weeks as they become available. Be sure to check back periodically for updates!

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact Student Life & Activities at graduation@brookdalecc.edu

How 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 a Student Success Coach. 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 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 a Student Success Coach 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 requirements for graduation?

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?

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.

How do I obtain 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?

Details regarding the Spring 2021 Commencement will be added to this section over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back periodically for updates!

How do I obtain my graduation regalia?

Further details, including a link to our regalia vendor whom you can purchase your graduation gear from, will be added to this section over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back periodically for updates!

How do I obtain guest tickets?

Details regarding the Spring 2021 Commencement will be added to this section over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back periodically for updates!

How do I obtain honor regalia and/or cords?

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.

or

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 contact the Veterans Center for further details. 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 leader@brookdalecc.edu 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 request an accommodation?

.If you need accommodation, please contact Student Life & Activities at graduation@brookdalecc.edu.You will need to give your name, contact information, ceremony, 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.

I'm interested in delivering 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 2020 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 graduation@brookdalecc.edu  When you submit your speech, you must also give your name, ceremony, 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 will be in April. Check back soon for specific date updates!

I'm interested in serving as Graduate Trustee. How do I run for the position?

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, as well as voting for Graduate Trustee will be in April. Check back soon for specific date updates!

How do I vote for Graduate Trustee?

The elections for the open board seat will be held online through the CANVAS learning management system in April. 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. Further details will be added to this section when available.

Is there any other information I should be aware of?

Further details will be added to this section over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back periodically for updates!

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