Get Ready, Grads!

All of the upcoming dates and important graduation information pertaining to the Class of 2019

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Get Ready, Grads!
As long as seniors stay on top of their tasks for graduation, the end of the semester will be very smooth for the Class of 2019!
Shannon Sheehan, Staff Writer

The spring semester is quickly wrapping up, which means that the Class of 2019 is counting down the days until they finish their senior year and earn their degrees! In the midst of all the excitement, there are also several important deadlines and announcements regarding graduation that must not be forgotten. This will outline all of the information that soon-to-be graduates need to remember.

Firstly, there are a few tasks that need to be completed before commencement. The deadline to order a cap and gown is Tuesday, March 26. They can be ordered online through Oak Hill, which is where bachelor's and master's students can order their regalia. Kean Union students can pick up their orders at the Kean Bookstore in the Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB), and Kean Ocean students can get theirs at the Ocean County College Student Center & Bookstore when the time comes.

Senior Portraits will be transpiring on multiple occasions. For Kean Union graduates, they will take place from March 25 through March 27 and April 1 through April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Miron Student Center (MSC), Room 315. For Kean Ocean students, senior portraits will take place March 6 through 7 at Gateway 104 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a sitting, visit the website or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR (687-9327). Kean Union students are directed to use the school code 518, while Kean Ocean students use the school code 7518. The dress code is business attire.

If one takes a senior portrait, their picture will be included in the 2018-2019 Kean University Yearbook. To order a yearbook, visit the Josten's website.

This is also the time where students order class rings to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to achieving their degree. The vendors will be on campus to show students the various designs and styles from March 25 through March 27 and April 22 through April 24 in the MSC Atrium from noon to 5 p.m. If one cannot attend the viewings, rings can also be ordered online.

Another important event to note is the Honors Convocation, an invite-only event at Harwood Arena, which is set to transpire Friday, May 3. This is where students who achieved exceptional grades will be honored for their diligence.

Lastly, the Office of Student Government has planned the annual Senior Formal, this one being "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel April 26 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Limited to two per student, tickets can be purchased for $50 at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office until April 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is only for graduating seniors that have either completed their requirements for December 2018, or will be filing for graduation for May or August 2019.

The Senior Formal ticket price includes dinner, unlimited soft drinks, entertainment and other amenities. Additionally, the hotel is offering a discounted rate of $109 for students that mention that they are calling in regards to Kean University: Senior Formal. Make sure that, if one wants to stay the night after the formal, they book a room by April 15. To book a room, visit the website or call (973) 515-2000. For any other questions or concerns regarding Senior Formal, make sure to contact the Office of Student Government at or (908) 737-5190.

The actual commencement for the undergraduate Class of 2019 is May 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the Prudential Center. Graduates are instructed to come promptly at the Prudential Center at 7 a.m. with one's cap, gown and reader card. Next, they are instructed to go to the Ford Tower entrance, which is where the graduates will be lined up.

For photos, Island Photography will be at the ceremony taking pictures of the graduates. They will contact all of the graduates within 48 hours of the ceremony with the pictures so that one can order them if they would like. The use of cameras by guests is only for personal use, and guests will not be allowed to approach the student-seating area or the stage. For any questions regarding photography, contact Island Photos at (800) 869-0908.

The end of the semester is a very exciting time for upcoming graduates. As long as one stays on top of these tasks, the end of the semester will be very smooth for the Class of 2019!

about the author

Shannon Sheehan, Staff Writer

Shannon Sheeehan is a Junior Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. She joined The Cougar's Byte staff in Spring 2018. After her time at Kean, Shannon hopes to start her professional career in Public Relations and/or Social Media.