Seton Hall University
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why isn't Seton Hall holding a virtual ceremony?

In a survey sent to students about Commencement, an overwhelming majority responded that they did not want a virtual ceremony to take the place of an in-person ceremony. We, however, want to make sure we mark all our graduates' accomplishments in a special way. During the month of May, the entire Seton Hall community will come together to celebrate our exceptional 2020 graduates. One important piece of our planned weeklong festivities includes a takeover of the University homepage, starting on Monday, May 18. That whole week, our digital presence will be devoted to Celebrating the Class of 2020.

When does the Celebration of the Class of 2020 start?

Starting on Monday, May 18, our University homepage will highlight video messages to the Class of 2020 from faculty, administrators and staff across the university. This will include video messages from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, President Joseph E. Nyre and James M. Murray, director of the United States Secret Service.

We also will be sharing video messages, photos and posts from parents and students throughout the week. We encourage everyone to share their photos with #SetonHall2020.

Are graduates allowed to come to the South Orange campus to take photos? 

We know how special this time is for our Class of 2020. While we still have physical distancing procedures in place, we welcome you to come back to campus to take some graduation photos and videos. If you are interested in taking your photo on the South Orange campus, we ask that you reserve a 30 minute appointment via Microsoft Bookings. Graduates are permitted to reserve one time slot per location. No more than 4 people are permitted to accompany the graduate on campus during each reservation time-slot. Reservations are for a total of 30 minutes each. Reservations are currently available from Friday, May 15th until Sunday, May 24th. 

Steps for reserving a time-slot: 

  • Step 1: Students have to authenticate into their PirateNet with their SHU Credentials.
  • Step 2: Students select a “service” (Two locations we have outlined for photo opportunities- The Green and the Library).
  • Step 3: Students pick an available date/time that works with their schedule.
  • Step 4: Students will register with their information and receive a confirmation email as well as a calendar invite to place on their calendars.

Do I need to return my cap or gown?
  • All graduates may keep their caps and tassels. We encourage all students to decorate their caps and share a photo of your cap design with #SetonHall2020
  • Undergraduates may return their gowns at the rescheduled in-person ceremony.
  • Master's degree candidates will receive their gown and hoods at their rescheduled in-person ceremony.
  • Doctoral degree candidates will receive their gowns at their rescheduled in-person ceremony.

When will commencement ceremonies be rescheduled?

The university is committed to holding in-person ceremonies when it is safe to do so. We will notify all graduates when the ceremony dates are confirmed.

When will I receive my diploma?

The university anticipates diplomas for May 2020 graduates will be available in August 2020 as is our normal practice. Diplomas for the December 2019 graduates have been delayed due to COVID-19. We are working closely with our vendor to ensure that diplomas will be sent out as soon as we are able to do so.