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Seton Hall University

Planning Committee

Update: August 19, 2020

We are writing to provide you with the latest developments on our plans for in-person Commencement and graduate hooding ceremonies.

Our great hope has been to offer you — and to share with you — the celebratory rite of passage you deserve at some point this summer.

Surveys we have conducted asking for your preferences have indicated you want an in-person ceremony and wish to celebrate as one community.

But, New Jersey remains in Stage 2 of its reopening plan, which limits outdoor gatherings to 500 people at a maximum and includes significant social distancing measures and hygiene practices.

The State has also issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19, will need to quarantine for 14-days after leaving that State. Many of our graduates are from the states listed on the travel advisory.

This means that current state guidelines still prohibit us from holding the kind of traditional Commencement ceremony you deserve — and have continued to ask for.

The different venues we work with are also waiting for increased limits from the State of New Jersey to be able to schedule an event of the size a proper Seton Hall Commencement requires.

We also know you have been anxiously waiting for your diplomas. The Office of the Registrar is expecting its first shipment from our vendor the week of August 24 with additional weekly shipments through September 15 and will begin mailing out diplomas to individual students as soon as they arrive.

Please know that recognition of our students’ accomplishments remains a priority and we remain committed to fulfilling the promise we made to hold an in-person ceremony when permitted to safely do so.

The preexisting Commencement Committee, inclusive of student representatives, has created specialized subcommittees to develop strategies to not only celebrate our graduating classes but also plan for in-person ceremonies for our graduates when possible in the future. We look forward to welcoming our students and the entire community back to campus as soon and as safely as possible.

The University has been actively seeking guidance on the newly reported state guidelines as they might apply to college commencement.  All the event venue spaces in the area are also seeking guidance and are not scheduling events until they receive approval from the State of New Jersey. In short, we do not have a date for Commencement at this time but we will continue to plan for a date where we can celebrate our students together as a community with safety measures in place.
Chairs, Ex-Officio
Karen E. Boroff, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

  • Autumn L. Bucior
    University Registrar
  • Bernadette McVey
    Director of Academic Events, Initiatives and Planning

Committee Members

  • Jacob A. Abel
  • Sara Agudelo
  • Meghan M. Borowick
  • Victoria Burns
  • Anna Calka
  • Kathleen Childers
  • Mayra I. Colon
  • Theresa L. Deehan
  • Darby A. DeBonis
  • Dustin J. DeLorenzo
  • Michael T. Dooney
  • Veronica A. Danser
  • Paul E. Fisher
  • Victor Gomez
  • Elizabeth V. Halpin
  • Brad R. Henry
  • Ryan P. Hudes
  • Michael P. Hyland
  • Patrick P. Linfante
  • Joseph J. Martinelli
  • Johnny Merriweather
  • Angela Millman
  • Emma K. Murphy
  • Taylor J. Newkirk
  • Sergio Oliva
  • Leigh Onimus
  • Jennifer M. O’Sheal
  • Karen A. Passaro
  • Anthony Roberts
  • Andrew M. Rubinich
  • Brittany N. Scoles
  • Rishi R. Shah
  • Niyala A. Shaw
  • Michael A. Soupios
  • Divina Gracia Tanamal
  • Jeffrey J. Truskowski
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