Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 22 at 7 p.m. at NJPAC?

All master’s and doctoral candidates who will have completed their graduation requirements in spring 2017 are invited to attend.

Who should attend the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 25 at 9 a.m. at Prudential Center?

Only bachelor’s-level candidates who will have completed their graduation requirements in spring 2017 are invited to attend.

Will we still have our individual College/School Convocation ceremonies in May?

No, the individual College/School Convocations have been eliminated. You and your guests will now attend a single Commencement event, at which each student will cross the stage and have his or her name read.

I think I may be able to graduate in May 2017. What do I need to do?

The deadline for May 2017 graduation has passed. You will need to contact the Office of the Registrar at 973-655-4376 or at For the hours of the Registrar, please see

Will the Commencement ceremonies be live-streamed?

Yes, the two Commencement ceremonies will be webcast. Please check on the day of Commencement to view the event via the live link.

What is the difference between graduation and Commencement?

Graduation and Commencement are frequently confused terms. Graduation means actually completing and fulfilling your degree requirements resulting in a diploma. Graduation is the technical obtainment of credits to receive a degree. Commencement is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your hard work. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends and the Montclair State University community to celebrate your achievement.

How long is the ceremony?

The formal ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and is anticipated to end at 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for graduates. Guests may enter the venue lobby at 6 p.m.; the theater opens for guest seating at 6:30 p.m.

Do my guests need a ticket?

New Jersey Performing Arts Center requires ALL guests to have tickets to enter, including infants and children. Guests will not be permitted to enter NJPAC without a ticket. Each graduate student will be able to obtain up to three tickets for the Commencement ceremony with the possibility of receiving a fourth ticket if registration and space allows. Graduates do not need a ticket. Ticket distribution will be managed by The Graduate School and pick-up times will be announced at a later date.

When will I get my diploma?

Approximately 4-6 weeks after Commencement. Assuming you have satisfied academic requirements and all financial obligations to the University have been met, you will receive your diploma at the address you indicated on your graduation application. You will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony.