Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

All 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 montclair.edu/registrar/graduation. For the hours of the Registrar, please see montclair.edu/registrar/office-hours.

Will the Commencement ceremonies be live-streamed?

Yes, the two Commencement ceremonies will be webcast. Please check montclair.edu/commencement 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 9 a.m. and is anticipated to end at 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for graduates. Guests may enter the venue at 8 a.m.

Does my family need tickets?

Tickets are not required for the undergraduate Commencement ceremony at Prudential Center. Seating is general admission and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 conclusion of the Commencement ceremony, during the recessional from the arena.