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 complete their degree 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 complete their degree 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, which each student will cross the stage and have his or her name read.

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

Please visit montclair.edu/registrar/graduation for more information about how to apply for graduation.

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.