Information for Guests

2016 Commencement

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

Guest Seating

Seating at the Prudential Center is plentiful, and tickets will not be required for this event. General admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to check the ‌Prudential Center Seating Chart for sections closest to your graduate's floor position, as well as where to meet them immediately following the ceremony.

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


The Prudential Center is located in downtown Newark, just two blocks away from Newark Penn Station, and is also connected to the Newark Broad Street Station by frequent, convenient bus and light-rail service. 

The venue is easily accessible by car via major highways as well as via New Jersey Transit trains, PATH and Amtrak. For more information to plan your trip, please visit the Prudential Center website


There are over 3,500 parking spaces located within two blocks of the Prudential Center. Parking will be available for a fee at these numerous lots and garages in the immediate vicinity. Please visit the Prudential Center website for a detailed map and directions to these locations.

Parking Reservations

To make parking easy and stress free, Montclair State has partnered with Parking Panda, an online parking reservation service. View real-time availability and pricing near the Prudential Center.

Enter promo code MSUGRAD2016 at checkout to receive an additional 10% off your reservation.

Simply compare parking options, reserve, and use your confirmation to access the facility. We strongly recommend that you purchase your parking in advance.

Food Concessions

Food and beverages will be available at concession stands located in the arena. We strongly encourage your graduates to eat prior to arriving at the Prudential Center as the concession stands are not accessible from the student line up area. No outside food, beverages, coolers, bottles or cans may be brought into the arena.


The University has made arrangements for a special group rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites Newark-Harrison-Riverwalk for those who wish to stay overnight near the Prudential Center. The hotel is less than five minutes away from the Prudential Center and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Center is provided. The hotel also offers complimentary full breakfast, and free Wi-Fi and parking.

Group Name: MSU Graduation

Group Code: MSU

Rate: $149.00

This rate is valid through May 11, 2016.

To make reservations online, please copy and paste this link into your web browser:

To make reservations by phone, please call 1-800-HAMPTON(1-800-426-7866) and use the group name and group code.

Reservations must be made by May 11, 2016, in order to receive the $149.00 group rate. After May 11, all unused group-rate rooms will be released for general sale. Reservations received after this date will be accepted at the standard rates based upon availability.