What does the graduating student need to do in order to participate in Commencement?

Graduating students should log on to their MyBloomfield Portal account for detailed instructions.

Master's Degree Students: For those students completing a program in August, they may participate in Commencement the subsequent May.  They should continue to check their Bloomfield College email account for the 9 months following completion of the program in order to be informed of all Commencement-related information.

How does the graduating student order regalia (cap and gown)?

Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required and the student must order online by Wednesday, April 3, 2019 through their MyBloomfield Portal account (see above). Regalia will be available for pick up at the Grad Fair on Monday, April 29, 2019.

How many guests can each graduating student invite to Commencement?  Are admission tickets required?

Each graduating student who is on the official graduation list and is attending Commencement will receive five (5) tickets. The graduating student does not need a ticket. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced, and no additional tickets will be available. Ticket allocation is based on the actual number of students participating in the ceremony and capacity of the venue.  While we would like to issue an unlimited number of tickets for your friends and relatives, we must accommodate some guests for all of our students. Guests will exchange their tickets for hand stamps at the Ticket Exchange booths located near the Quadrangle the morning of Commencement. Guests must be in possession of their tickets the morning of Commencement.  Guests without handstamps will not be admitted onto the Quadrangle.

Overflow Space and Additional Viewing Options:

Guests without tickets are welcome to view the live webcast of the ceremony in the Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guest seating will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Balloons, view-obstructing signs/banners and food/drinks are not permitted. Admission to the Theatre will be capped when we reach maximum capacity for the space.

Are special accommodations available for guests in wheelchairs?

Seating for guests in wheelchairs will be available in a reserved section under the tent.  Due to limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person in the wheelchair and one guest. Additional guests should sit in the general seating area. Graduating students can request wheelchair seating through the MyBloomfield Portal account using the link provided above. The guest must arrive in his/her wheelchair in order to be admitted to reserved seating as a chair will not be provided.  A chair will be provided for the guest accompanying the person in the wheelchair.  Please note: Total number of guest tickets, including tickets for guests in wheelchairs, will not exceed five (5).  The graduating student does not need a ticket.

Will the ceremony be streamed live on the web?

Yes, the live link will appear thirty minutes prior to the ceremony at: Bloomfield Commencement Live Stream

When and where is the Commencement ceremony?

The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. on the College’s Quadrangle (rain or shine).

When should I arrive for the Commencement ceremony?

Guest seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 a.m for those who exchanged the admission ticket for a hand-stamp.

What is the length of the Commencement ceremony?

Approximately two (2) hours. 

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the College’s main lot on Liberty Street and the lot on Oakland Avenue (entrance on Spruce Street).  A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A handicap hangtag or license plate is required.  Passengers with disabilities may be dropped off in front of the College Quadrangle on Liberty Street.  Please note that Liberty Street is closed to traffic by 9:00 a.m.

2019 Commencement Day Campus/Parking Map

Driving Directions

Will I be able to purchase ceremony photos?

Island Photography has been hired to capture this special moment.  Please refrain from taking photographs during the ceremony from anywhere other than your seat in order to avoid obstructing the view of others.  Each graduate will be professionally photographed before receiving their degree and while they are receiving their degree on stage.  Graduates will receive proofs via email and regular mail from Island Photography.  The graduate can also receive a direct link to the photos by registering through the Island Photography website at http://orders.islandphoto.com/apps/registergraduates.aspx.  The graduate may register several email addresses to allow all family and friends to receive a direct link to the photos. Images are posted within 72 hours of the ceremony.  All inquiries should be made to Island Photography at 800-869-0908.  Purchase is optional.

Commencement events will also be recorded. The Bloomfield College Media Center (Library, lower level) will produce DVDs of the Nurses’ Pinning, Baccalaureate and Commencement. These may be purchased one week after graduation for $7.00 per event. Graduates and their families can simply go to the Media Center with payment and pick up a DVD.  For questions, please call the Media Center at 973-748-9000, ext.1370 or media_center@bloomfield.edu.

How does a graduating student obtain their diploma?

Graduating students can pick-up diplomas at the Registrar's Office (229 Liberty Street) starting Monday, May 20, 2019 or if the graduating student would like their diploma mailed, they should contact the Registrar's Office at 973-748-9000, ext. 1221.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Commencement Coordinators at commencement@bloomfield.edu