The Graduate Commencement Ceremony in May 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend the The Graduate School Commencement ceremony on January 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at NJPAC?
This Graduate School ceremony is for all master’s and doctoral students who will have completed their graduation requirements in August 2018, December 2018 or January 2019.
I think I may be able to graduate in January 2019. What do I need to do?
Please visit for more information about how to apply for graduation.

The deadline to apply for January 2019 graduation is November 1, 2018.

Will the Commencement ceremony be live streamed?
Yes, the Commencement ceremony will be webcast. Please check 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.