It is the student's responsibility to complete the curriculum prescribed in the University catalog in effect, or as modified, when he/she matriculates. Students who will be completing their curriculum requirements for degrees, teacher certification, or Post Baccalaureate certificates must complete the Application to Graduate through their NEST account in order to be evaluated for completion of requirements and subsequently become eligible for degree conferment, certificate or recommendation for teacher certification.
View pdf instructions: How to Apply to Graduate through NEST.
Graduation Application Deadlines
- November 1 for the following January graduation
- January 1 for the following May graduation
- May 1 for the following August graduation
You will receive an email at your Montclair State University email address prior to your final term. This email will direct you to review the "Notes" and the "Saved" audit to be found in your Degreeworks audit available through NEST (as of September 2016.)
If you change your mind and wish to re-file for a subsequent term, please email Registrar@mail.montclair.edu. You will be notified when you can re-enter the application and file for the next term.
(*A one-time non-refundable $75 University Commencement Fee will be assessed to degree candidates for each degree or certificate sought.)
For the Addition of Special Characters on your diploma please use the Graduation Accent Form
Certification (State of New Jersey)
Applications are sent approximately four weeks after the degree conferment dates shown below.
- Fall - January 31st
- Spring - May 31st
- Summer - August 31st
Commencement exercises are held each year for students. In order to participate in Commencement, a student must have completed all degree requirements before the degree conferral date. Candidates who are either removed from the May graduation list or re-file for a subsequent degree conferral date will be eligible to participate in Commencement the following January or May depending on completion of requirements. Students should file for final audit by January 1 for May graduation, November 1 for January graduation, or May 1 if the degree is to be completed in August. Please visit the commencement Frequently Asked Questions page for a listing of important questions you may have.
Transcripts With Program Completion Information
Before that date, if you need a Statement of Completion of Degree/Certification/University Certificate requirements to show for employment, examination, or graduate school purposes other than MSU, you may fill out a request form. This form is available on our website at www.montclair.edu/registrar/forms or in the Office of the Registrar.
Once degree/N.J. Certification/University Certificate completion information has been posted to the record, the statement of completion will no longer be obtainable; instead, an official transcript must be requested.