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!
Please note, the deadline to sign up to participate in the upcoming Commencement ceremonial event was April 26th. The deadline to order regalia was April 28th.
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact Student Life & Activities at email@example.com
- Is there a difference between Graduation and Commencement?
Yes! Graduation is the awarding of the degrees by the office of the Registrar after completion of all academic requirements.
Commencement is the ceremony celebrating the conferring of degrees!
- 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 – December 11
Winterim – December 11
Spring & Summer I – March 26 * Please note, after this date, names will no longer be added to the printed Commencement program, however (if approved) you are still eligible to graduate.
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.
- 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 15 weeks after the Registrar’s Office confirms graduation requirements have been met. (This is typically done in August.)
- When and where is my ceremony?
The 2021 commencement ceremonies will be held as a car-procession event on May 13th and May 14th. The Thursday, May 13th car-procession ceremony will honor AA graduates.
The Friday, May 14th car-procession ceremony will honor AS, AAS, AFA, and Certificate graduates.
Please note, the deadline to sign-up to participate is in the upcoming Commencement ceremonial event was April 26th.
- How do I obtain my graduation regalia?
Please note, the deadline to order graduation regalia was April 28th.
Graduates had the choice of shipping their regalia order directly to their home for an additional cost from the vendor or they could have them shipped to the College for no additional fee.
- How do I obtain guest tickets?
The 2021 commencement events will function as a car-processional. Due to the high volume of participants, all accompanying guests must be limited to one car per graduate (inclusive of the graduate).
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 an accommodation, please contact Student Life & Activities at email@example.com.You will need to give your name, contact information, ceremonial date, 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 will be selected to give a speech for the 2021 Commencement as the student speaker. Speakers must be available to come to campus on a to-be-determined date following all regulations and guidelines to have their speech professionally recorded in the Collins Arena prior to the ceremonial events.
For your speech to be considered, it must be typed and submitted to Student Life & Activities via our commencement email at firstname.lastname@example.org When you submit your speech, you must also give your name, 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. The deadline for submitting a commencement speech for consideration is April 26, 2021.
- I'm interested in serving as Graduate Trustee. How do I run for the position?
If you have applied for graduation, you will receive 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 is April 9, 2021. Voting for Graduate Trustee will be held following the deadline on April 27-29, 2021.
- 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 sent in an email message to all graduating students once the field of candidates is finalized. All students may only vote once. Voting will be on April 27-29, 2021.
- Is there any other information I should be aware of?
*For an idea of what to expect at the upcoming 2021 car-procession ceremonies, you can download and watch the 2020 ceremonial event by clicking here.*
If you have any questions, please email Student life & Activities at email@example.com
- How Do I Join the Alumni Association?