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Commencement Ceremonies - 2017

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Watch the Ceremonies!

Graduation Mass

Friday, May 19, 2017

Felician Sisters Chapel, Lodi Campus

  • Graduation Mass is at 7:30 p.m. Graduates will assemble in the lobby of Obal Hall in caps, gowns and hoods no later than 6:45 p.m. to line up for the procession to Mass. Your guests will go directly to the Chapel.
  • A reception for the graduates and their guests will follow Mass in the Goya Dining Hall, Obal Hall.

Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Breslin Theater, Obal Hall, Lodi Campus

  • Schools of Arts and Sciences and School of Education graduates - 10:30 a.m. Arrive at Obal Hall no later than 9:30 a.m. to line up for the procession. A member of the faculty will direct you to the appropriate room to robe and line up. Your guests may go directly to the Theater, which will open at 9:30 a.m.
  • School of Business and School of Nursing graduates - 3:30 p.m. Arrive at Obal Hall no later than 2:30 p.m. to line up for the procession. A member of the faculty will direct you to the appropriate room to robe and line up. Your guests may go directly to the Theater, which will open at 2:30 p.m.

Commencement Speakers

The first ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes graduates from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Education, will feature Marc Buoniconti as commencement speaker.

Marc A. Buoniconti suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury while playing college football for The Citadel in 1985. The son of legendary All-Pro and Hall of Famer linebacker and former Miami Dolphins Nick Buoniconti was left unable to move a muscle below his neck, at the age of 19. However, Buoniconti persevered, learning to move with a breath-controlled wheelchair and going on to complete his bachelor’s degree.

Buoniconti was a co-founder of The Miami Project, along with neurosurgeon Dr. Barth A. Green, in order to promote the collaboration between scientific and clinical approaches to finding a cure for paralysis. Additionally, the Buoniconti Fund has been the catalyst in raising $500 million for the cause. Buoniconti was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated in August of 2009, and has been the recipient of numerous awards honoring his public service and accomplishments.

The second ceremony, which begins at 3:30 p.m. and includes graduates from the schools of Business and Nursing, will feature Barry H. Ostrowsky as commencement speaker.

Barry H. Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991, assuming his current position of President and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health after a 2016 merger. He oversees New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive integrated health care delivery system with a service area that includes more than five million residents.

RWJBarnabas Health includes 11 acute care hospitals (five are teaching hospitals), three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, a free-standing behavioral health center, New Jersey’s largest statewide behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, an accountable care organization, as well as medical groups with primary and specialty care physician practices.


Faculty and staff extend our congratulations to all of you! In the coming weeks and months, you will receive additional information about the ceremonies and other graduation-related activities. 

  • You will receive a communication from the University Bookstore with instructions for ordering your caps, gowns and hoods.
  • Tickets to the ceremony are not necessary. All graduates should be able to have their immediate families witness the ceremony. Please be considerate of your fellow graduates and limit the number of family members you invite. Any additional guests are invited to watch the ceremony in the Goya Dining Hall on the big screen television.
  • Children are permitted to attend the graduation ceremony. Due to the length and formal nature of the proceedings, children must be supervised at all times by a caregiver, other than the graduate. Out of respect for all attending and participating in the graduation ceremony, any child who disturbs the ceremony will need to be taken outside of the auditorium. Caregivers and children may also view the ceremony on a large screen in a designated area in the Goya Dining Hall, which is located in the lower level of Obal Hall.
  • You will receive information about the photographer, parking (limited and requires a permit), and activities planned for Senior Week. 
  • Check your Felician University e-mail as this is the only method of communication used to provide you with information and updates.