2017 Commencement Timeline

Declaration of Candidacy

You must file with the Office of Enrollment Services to initiate graduation certification and advise the University that you intend to graduate in May 2017. You should have used the Enrollment Services form at http://view2.fdu.edu/university-offices/enrollment-services/graduation-diplomas/apply-for-graduation/. The deadline date for filing was November 1. If you did not, or if you have any further questions, please call your campus Office of Enrollment Services listed below.

Florham Campus  (973) 443-8600 Metropolitan Campus   (201) 692-2214

Graduate Admissions Open Houses

From March through Graduation Day and even beyond, graduating seniors are invited to attend Graduate Information Sessions and review the many opportunities for graduate degree studies at both New Jersey campuses of FDU.

Submit Your Registration Form to Dean of Students

It is critical that you submit your Commencement Registration Form . Your cooperation is important and appreciated.

There is no limit on how many guests or family members attend the Commencement event.

Establish Eligibility to Graduate

All accounts must be paid in full before regalia and/or a diploma can be awarded. If you have any questions regarding your account, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 201-692-2206. For Campus Bookstore accounts, contact the accounting manager at 201-692-2093 (Metro), or  973- 443-8656 (Florham Campus).

Senior Portraits (Metropolitan Campus)

Senior Portraits will be taken on TBD, in the Metro Annex which is located on the lower level, Student Union Building. Portraits will also be taken on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the day of Graduation Salute in Jeepers, located in Alumni Hall, from 10 am-5 pm. Appointments must be made prior to this date. Walk-ins will not be accepted. To set up an appointment go to: www.lorsstudio.com/schedule. There is a $15.00 sitting fee that is due on the day of your appointment, cash or check only.

Senior Portraits (Florham Campus)

Senior Portraits will be on the following dates in the Florham Room of the Student Center, Monday-Friday, February 20-24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To set up an appointment for your FREE sitting time at this event, go to: http://www.gradimages.com/PortraitScheduling/Search?OccasionRef=119417.                            

Senior Portraits will also be taken on Wednesday, April 5th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. To set up an appointment for your FREE sitting time at this event, go to http://www.gradimages.com/PortraitScheduling/Search?OccasionRef=119418.                                           

Tuesday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To set up an appointment for your FREE sitting time at this event, go to http://www.gradimages.com/PortraitScheduling/Search?OccasionRef=119420.

Although there’s never any obligation to order, you’ll save $5 off any order of $25 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit http://GradImages.com/Preregistration.

Class Gift and FDU Philanthopy

Graduating students who make a Class Gift of $20.17 or more will get a special FDU Philanthropy Cord to wear during Commencement, and will be recognized during the ceremony. Make your gift online at or before the Graduation Salute event for your campus. Florham Campus graduates can donate online at http://myfdu.net/florham17. Metropolitan Campus graduates can donate online at http://myfdu.net/metro17.

Graduation Salute 2017

At the Graduation Salute event  on each campus, students will have the opportunity to pick up their caps, gowns, hoods, and announcements, have graduate portraits taken, purchase class rings and degree frames and enjoy free snacks. The Graduation Salute dates are:

Florham Campus:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
11 am - 7 pm
Student Center

Metropolitan Campus:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
10 am - 5 pm

Alumni Hall

During Graduation Salute students can videotape a ‘Grad Greetings’ from 12 noon to 5 pm. The ‘Greetings’ will appear on the stadium screens at MetLife Stadium for family and friends to view while the students line up for procession. (See last year's Grad Greetings video online.)

Note: Students in Online Program please contact the Office of Online Programs if you have questions about graduation preparations.

Student Loan Exit Interviews

Students who have received student loans are required to attend an exit interview. For more information on the interview and schedule, contact the Student Loan Repayment Office at 201-692-2083.

Florham Campus

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
1pm - 7pm
Lenfell Hall

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
11am - 4pm
Lenfell Hall


Metropolitan Campus

Monday, April 24, 2017
1pm - 7pm
Room 2245, Dickinson Hall

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11am - 4pm
Room 2245, Dickinson Hall

Alternative Dates to Pick Up Regalia and Announcements

We encourage all students to attend the “Graduation Salute” Program, but if a candidate for graduation cannot attend the “Graduation Salute”, then the student can pick up academic regalia along with the commencement announcements at their campus bookstore on the following dates and regular business hours:

Florham Campus:
Thursday, April 6 through Friday, May 12
Metropolitan Campus: 
Through TBD
Please visit website for store hours. www.fdu.bkstr.com/ , call 201-836-7818 or email 0395mgr@fheg.follett.com

Academic Regalia and Announcements can be mailed to you for a small fee. Please contact the bookstore at 201-692-2093 (Metro) or 973-447-8656 (Florham). There will be no further distribution of regalia after dates shown above.

Webcast Planning

For family or friends who will not be able to attend the Commencement event, the event will be webcast at http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/commencementwebcast.html . The page will show a test file so that visitors can confirm their ability to view the event online. The page will also show the schedule of events for several timezones around the globe, and the full commencement program will be available there for download as a .pdf file.

Graduation Day

All participants in the May 16 Commencement at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands must be at the stadium by 8:30 a.m. to line up by college and degree. Because of stadium parking reconfiguration and traffic lane construction you should allow 45 minutes to an hour of extra time. Family and friends of the graduates should also allow for the extra travel time. Follow signs to the line-up area and line up by college. Participants are asked to remain in place once the line has been formed.

All guests should immediately proceed to stadium seating areas; No family or guests are permitted in the graduates' line-up area.

The Processional begins at 9:15 a.m. and the Commencement ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.


The diploma will be mailed to the home address indicated on the declaration form, during the third week of June.