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Information for Graduating Students

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 GRADUATES!


Check out these video links for two special messages just for you! The first is from Dr. David Stout, President of Brookdale Community College. The second, as it is our 50th graduation, is a message from Ron Topham, member of the first graduating class in 1970!


A message from the Alumni Association for recent graduates:

Congratulations graduates! Celebrate your achievement by joining the Brookdale Community College Alumni Association. Click on the below letter to visit the Alumni Association’s website. Be sure to use your special code of 2020CONGRATS when filling out the membership application for a 60% discount on lifetime membership!


Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months. At that time, upcoming graduates will be able to review the information listed on this page to learn more about how to participate in the May 2021 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 graduation@brookdalecc.edu

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 – Friday, April 17 deadline for online applications. This will ensure your name will be included in the Commencement program.

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 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 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 to your address on file with the College within approximately 12 weeks after the Registrar’s Office confirms graduation requirements have been met.

When and where is my ceremony?

Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months.

When and where do I report for the ceremony?

Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months.

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.

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 bring your Member 4-Copy DD-214 and Brookdale Student ID card to the Veterans Center, MAC 112 on a still to-be-determined Spring 2021 date, 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 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 pick up my cap and gown?

Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months.

How do I obtain guest tickets?

Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months.

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, 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 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 2021 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 on a date-to-be-determined to practice their speech in the Collins Arena.

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.

At this time, the deadline to apply to be a student speaker at the Spring 2021 commencement event is still to be determined.

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

If you have applied for graduation, you will receive an email in the Spring 2021 semester 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 still to-be-determined. Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months.

How do I vote for Graduate Trustee?

The elections for the open board seat are held through the CANVAS learning management system in the Spring semester. A link to the shell will available on Brookdale’s online calendar of events as well as sent in an email message to all graduating students. All graduates may only vote once.

Is there any other information I should be aware of?

Please note: Information regarding this next academic year’s commencement event will be updated and added to this webpage over the coming months.