To graduate, students must submit an application for graduation
via NEST, successfully complete all undergraduate or graduate program requirements by the end of the graduation term/semester, and the degree must be conferred by the Office of the Registrar on the designated conferment date.
If you have questions concerning academic issues relative to your degree, graduate application or teacher certification, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 973-655-4376 or visit Apply for Graduation. For the hours of the Registrar, please see Red Hawk Central hours.
You must meet all financial obligations prior to receiving your diploma or final transcripts. Financial obligations include but are not limited to tuition, room, board, course fees, parking fines, library fines, residence hall fines and any special fees or fines charged to your account.
Please review your account summary via NEST for payment methods. For information concerning debt associated with:
For all other financial obligations contact Student Accounts at 973-655-4105.
If you received federal loans, you will need to make arrangements for repayment. Please visit the Financial Aid Exit Counseling web page.
A one-time non-refundable $95.00 University fee will be assessed to degree candidates for administrative costs related to your diploma. There is no fee assessed to attend a Commencement or Convocation ceremony.
Graduate with Honors
Earning a bachelor’s degree with honors is a tremendous accomplishment! Students who earn this distinction may wear a gold tassel on their cap at Commencement or College and School Convocations.
Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 51 undergraduate credits taken at Montclair State by the end of the semester prior to their commencement will be recognized for graduation honors.
School of Nursing students who have completed a minimum of 32 undergraduate credits at Montclair State by the end of the semester prior to their commencement are recognized for graduation honors.
Grades of “A” through “D-” must be received for a minimum of 48 of these 51 credits.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.700 – 3.799 cum laude
- Cumulative GPA of 3.800 – 3.899 magna cum laude
- Cumulative GPA of 3.900 – 4.000 summa cum laude
For recognition of May 2022 candidates at the Commencement exercises, the honors designation will be based upon the student’s cumulative grade point average as of the Winter 2022 term.
Please note that this calculation is for Commencement program recognition only, and will not determine official honors. The actual awarding of honors will be based on academic statistics earned at the conclusion of the Spring 2022 semester, when the degree is conferred.
Gold honors tassels may be picked up at Red Hawk Central atrium beginning on May 2, 2022.