Graduate Student Information

Important Dates

Monday, May 1 – Monday, May 15
Pick up regalia orders at the Bookstore.

Tuesday, May 9 – Friday, May 19
Pick up NJPAC guest tickets and ceremony pronunciation card – The Graduate School, 4th Floor

Tuesday, May 9
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, May 15
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 11
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 12
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 22
Commencement ceremony – New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, N.J.
Student arrival time: 5:30 p.m.
Entrance and seating of graduates: 6:20 p.m. (latecomers will not be permitted to participate)
Ceremony start time: 7 p.m.
Enter via the student entrance on Center Street.

Important Reminders

  • Remember — to bring your cap, gown, hood and ceremony pronunciation card with you.
  • Attire — Wear flat and comfortable shoes.
  • Travel Advisory — Anticipate heavy traffic into Newark, so plan accordingly for arrival to the venue no later than 5:30 p.m.
  • Coats — There will not be a coat check available when you check in. Limit the personal items you may carry. Bags, purses and other objects are not permitted in the ceremony.
  • Meeting location — Prior to the ceremony, plan where you and your guests will meet after the event. The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Please turn off all electronic devices during the ceremony.
  • Please do not bring food or beverages into the theater.
  • Please be courteous and do not leave the theater until the ceremony is completed.


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 guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony with the possibility of receiving a fourth ticket if registration and space allows. Graduates do not need a ticket.


Contact the Student Government Association at 973-655-4202.

Class Rings

Class rings may be purchased through Balfour at the following link:

Count Me In 2017 Campaign

As part of our Count Me In 2017 Campaign for Graduate Commencement, you can have your message displayed on the screen at our Commencement ceremony on May 22, 2017.

Celebrate this milestone achievement with your family, friends and colleagues. This is your opportunity to say thank you to those who have supported you on this remarkable journey. Family and friends can also share their messages of congratulations.

Please note that all submissions will be formatted and edited per the University’s guidelines. Please make your gift by May 11. Late submissions will not be accepted due to required time for the editing and approval process.

For more information or questions, contact Hillary Brintle, Office of Annual Giving, at 973-655-7460 or

Make Your Gift

Thank you for your support of Montclair State and congratulations!