2016 Commencement

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Montclair State University conferred 4,639 degrees – the most in its 108-year history – at its 2016 Commencement exercises held on Wednesday, May 25 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Commencement address was delivered by Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer and Montclair resident, who received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

The celebration marked Montclair State’s first Commencement as a Research Doctoral University, having earned the designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in January.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10 a.m.
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette Street
Newark, NJ 07013

Congratulations Class of 2016!

You've worked hard throughout your academic career and it's nearly time to celebrate your big achievement with family and friends! Commencement exercises will include graduates who completed their academic degree requirements in August 2015, January 2016 or will complete them in May 2016.

Graduate Arrival Time

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive at the venue with your cap and gown and enter through the Lafayette Tower to prepare for your processional lineup. The procession will begin promptly at 10 a.m. 

Wear or bring your regalia with you. Regalia will not be available for purchase at the Prudential Center, so please purchase your regalia at the University Bookstore as soon as possible.

Please allow extra time for traffic, parking and/or mass transit delays when traveling to Newark.

Graduate Entrance

Candidates must enter through the Lafayette Tower of the building located on the corner of Mulberry and Lafayette Street.

Guest Entrance

Guests may enter through either of the following two entrances:

  • PNC Bank Tower - corner of Mulberry and Edison Place
  • Lafayette Tower - corner of Mulberry and Lafayette Street

Regalia Notice

Note:  Regalia will not be available for purchase at Prudential Center. So, please purchase your regalia at the University Bookstore as soon as possible!

University Bookstore Hours

  • Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15: Closed
  • Monday, May 16 & Tuesday, May 17: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18 - Friday May 20: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21: Closed
  • Sunday, May 22: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23 & Tuesday, May 24: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 25 - Friday, May 27: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.