Rowan Commencement ceremonies moved to Coach Richard Wackar Stadium

Rowan Commencement ceremonies moved to Coach Richard Wackar Stadium


As Rowan University grows, so grows Commencement.

To accommodate more than 20,000 graduates and guests expected on campus across two days of Commencement celebrations on May 15 and 16, Rowan University’s undergraduate and graduate ceremonies have been moved from the University Green to Coach Richard Wackar Stadium.

“While the tradition always has been to hold Commencement on the University Green in front of Bunce Hall, we are a growing University and we have higher-than-ever numbers of students participating in Commencement,” says Joe Cardona, Rowan’s vice president of University Relations.

“We were trying to hold off in making the switch to the stadium, but, in the last few weeks, the numbers of students wanting to participate in Commencement just kept climbing. To accommodate our graduates and their guests, we had to make the move to Wackar Stadium.”

According to Cardona, more than 2,500 students--the most ever in Rowan’s history—are expected to participate in the 89th annual undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Last year, the University Green, which can accommodate 10,000 chairs—2,000 for students and 8,000 for guests—was “at capacity” with some 1,000 standing-room-only guests.

The move to Wackar Stadium can accommodate 13,000 graduates and guests, Cardona says. Students participating in undergraduate Commencement include those who completed their degrees in August and December of 2013, as well as those graduating next month, plus those with a few credits to finish in the summer or with just student teaching to complete in the fall.

“The Green is simply too small to accommodate everyone safely and comfortably,” he says. “Commencement is going to be exciting. We will start new University traditions in Wackar Stadium.”

The main graduate Commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in Wackar Stadium.

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