At the Ceremony: Commencement Ceremony Guidelines

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a) Please arrive at the Met Life Stadium no later than 8:30 a.m. It is a large place, and will take you a few minutes to get where you need to be. The procession will begin at 9:15 a.m.

b) Students and guests will park in lots D, E or F. There is no charge for parking.

c) All students and guests will enter through the Verizon Gate. The gate will open at 8 a.m.

d) If you are a student of University College or Silberman College of Business, you will go to the right and follow RED student line-up signs after you enter the stadium through the Verizon Gate.

e) If you are a student of Becton College or Petrocelli College, you will go to the left and follow BLUE student line-up signs after you enter the stadium through the Verizon Gate.

f) If you are a spectator/family/friend you will follow the GREEN family and friends seating signs to the right and up the Verizon Gate Escalator after you enter the stadium through the Verizon Gate.

g) If you forget your cap, gown, tassel – you will be able to get one once inside Verizon Gate.

h) For information on students/guests with limited mobility, please see Students and Guests with Limited Mobility section below.

Line-up area

a) Personal belongings are not permitted in the line-up area. See section 8 for a list of prohibited items.

b) Once you arrive at your line up point, you will file in your respective line (University College, Petrocelli College, Silberman College, or Becton College)

c) As is customary, Doctoral students will lead the lines, followed by Master’s students, Bachelor students, and finally Associate students.

d) Once in your line up point, you will receive a Graduation card. On this card, you will write your name how you would like it to be read on stage.

e) There are bathroom available in all line-up areas. Water will also be available

f) For family and friends who wish to purchase FDU regalia, FDU Bookstore will be located outside sections 124-126.

g) Concession stands on the first level of the stadium will be open for family and friends.


a) The procession will begin at 9:15 a.m.

b) Only University approved regalia (i.e. cap and gown, honors medals, - cords or sashes), can be worn during the commencement ceremony.

c) Once the procession begins, you will be escorted to the floor (your seat) by a commencement marshal. These individuals are easily identified by the red stoles that they will be wearing.

d) As you enter the Stadium floor, you will receive a Commencement Program and if needed a poncho. NO umbrellas will be permitted on the floor.

e) The students walk first, followed by Faculty, Pillars, Jubilarians, and finally the Platform Party.

f) There are no bathrooms on the main floor/stage.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony will occur rain or shine. If there is thunder, Met Life Stadium can hold/postpone the ceremony until it is deemed safe. In the event of severe weather, the University reserves the right to shorten the ceremony.

a) Candidates for graduation are expected to participate in the processional and recessional.

b) Once the ceremony begins you will not be permitted to leave the seating area until after the ceremony is completed.

c) The ceremony will begin by official welcome and singing of the national anthem, followed by commencement addresses and confirmation of the degrees.

d) Once this is completed, we will begin walking students to the stage. Marshals will be directing you when and where to go.

e) First, you will have the opportunity to have your picture taken. Three different poses will be taken. The first will be with a FDU banner behind it and the next two will be from the Stage.

f) You will walk up the steps of the stage and hand your commencement card to a faculty member who will call your name.

g) You will step off the stage and return to your seat as directed by the marshals.

h) It will take about an hour to call everyone’s name. We ask that you offer the same respect to the last graduate as you did the first.

Recessional/End of the Commencement

Once the ceremony is completed you are asked to remain in your seat until the stage and faculty has exited the area during the recessional.

Helpful hints to help make the day special

a. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

b. The event will take place rain or shine. If it is sunny, you might want to consider sun glasses.

c. The Met Life Stadium staff will take over in the event of thunder and lightning.

d. There will be carpeting on the floor to add visual appeal, please be aware of tripping hazards

e. The Stadium provides a lovely breeze… (translation) it is very windy on the floor of the stadium. You might want to consider bobby-pins to secure your cap.

f. There will be a cover on the floor- I am going to strongly recommend wearing comfortable and flat shoes. Pointy heals/stilettos are not recommended. If the floor gets wet, it is incredibly slippery.

g. You will be able to bring cell phones, cameras and video cameras into the Stadium.

h. Our University mascots (Knightro and the Devil) will be on hand for pictures!

Students/Guests with limited mobility

a) Students with limited mobility who may require assistance should contact the Dean of Students office.

b) Guests with limited mobility who may require assistance can request transportation to their seat from the Verizon gates via a wheelchair from an ADA Assistant.

c) Guests may request wheelchair assistance prior to any event by calling the Guest Services Hotline, 201-559-1515 or by contacting an event team member at the Verizon gate.

d) Please refer to the link below that will guide you regarding services for disabled guests.

e) Please note that only one guest can sit directly with a person in an ADA section. The rest of the family and guests must sit in front of them and WILL NOT be permitted to stay in the ADA area.


  • Large Bags, Backpacks, Briefcases, Suitcases
  • Balloons
  • Coolers
  • Glass Bottles, Cans
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Thermoses
  • Pets (only service animals are permitted)
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Firearms, Knives (incl. pocket knives), Box Cutters or Weapons of any kind
  • Chains
  • Hanging Banners, Signs, Sticks, Poles
  • Laser Pointers
  • Noise Makers, Whistles, Air Horns, Bull Horns
  • Fireworks
  • Clothing containing vulgar language
  • Drugs, Narcotics, Illegal Substances
  • Pepper Spray, Mace
  • Any item deemed by stadium personnel to be dangerous or inappropriate

Prohibited items that are discovered during inspections at MetLIfe Stadium entrances must either be returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded. The Stadium will not provide a storage area for these items. Unlawful items that are discovered during security inspections are subject to being confiscated. Guests arriving by mass transit must take particular caution not to bring any prohibited items, as no exceptions will be made. Thank you for your continued cooperation and please be assured that your comfort and safety are our primary goals.