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Due to current and anticipated distancing protocols surrounding COVID-19, Thomas Edison State University will not hold an in-person Commencement ceremony this September.

To Our 2020 Graduates:

Congratulations on earning your degree! We are honored that you chose TESU in this transformative endeavor.

In keeping with developments regarding COVID-19 distancing protocols, University leadership continues to closely gauge state guidance concerning in-person events and social gatherings. In light of the current and anticipated distancing protocols that may be in place, TESU will not hold an in-person Commencement ceremony this September.

In connection with this, eligible graduates are being surveyed via email regarding their preferences about alternatives to the customary fall Commencement ceremony. If you receive this survey, your responses will help inform our decision making regarding options that will allow us all to celebrate this important milestone on a future date.

Before you take the survey, it is important to know the difference between ‘graduation’ and ‘commencement’ at TESU. Although the University’s Board of Trustees confers degrees on four graduation dates each year, there is only one annual TESU Commencement ceremony customarily held each September in Trenton, N.J. All graduates receiving their degrees during the previous year’s graduation cycles are invited to celebrate with their family and friends at this event.

We appreciate you completing the survey and value your input.

For more information contact the Office of the Registrar at (609) 984-1180 or

Learn more about your academic regalia and what your Graduation Fee covers; and be sure to update your email address to receive important information about Commencement.

Commencement Program

2019 Commencement Program

Toni M. Terry, BA

"I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self."

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