The Spring Graduate Commencement ceremony in progress.

Ceremony Information

Plan to arrive at the venue by 5:30 p.m.

Upon entry, you will be directed to the line-up area. No guests will be allowed in the line-up area. The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Commencement is a dignified ceremony marking a special time of achievement and accomplishment. The ceremony is marked by dignity and seriousness as the conferring of degrees signifies long, hard work on the part of everyone involved including students, faculty members, administrators, parents, spouses and other family members.

Our graduates are asked to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that demonstrates respect toward their fellow graduates, other guests and the speakers on the stage:

  • Please arrive on time and remain in your seat for the entire ceremony. Movement on the floor where our graduates are seated is distracting to the guests in the stands, and it is disrespectful to the speakers.
  • The University wishes to recognize every graduate individually by calling each student to the stage and calling their name. Graduates will then return to their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony when the entire graduating class is recognized. Regardless of whether their names are among the first or the last to be called, it is important that each student be afforded the same high-quality experience. Remain in the venue until all students have crossed the stage for recognition and the platform party has departed.
  • Silence all electronic devices and refrain from loud talking, the use of air horns, noisemakers and loud cheering.
  • Do not obstruct the view of others with large signs, video cameras and other large items. Balloons and selfie sticks are prohibited in the venue.


Professional photographers from Island Photography will be on hand to capture the moment when you cross the stage for recognition. These photos are taken without obligation. Island will contact you by email when photos are ready for viewing. To pre-register your email or parent’s email information, please go to and scroll down to Quick Links and click on Graduation Day Photos Pre Registration. At that time, you may place orders or obtain answers to questions by calling 1-800-869-0908 or emailing

Note that guests will not be permitted to approach the student-seating area or stage to take photos during the ceremony. Cameras and video cameras are allowed for personal use only.

Diplomas and Diploma Covers

You will receive your diploma by mail approximately 4-6 weeks after Commencement. A cover for your diploma will be given to you at the ceremony.


Commencement is your day to shine, so please feel free to announce it to your family and friends who have supported you during your academic journey. There are no printed invitations to send to friends and family, but if you would like to order personalized Commencement announcements, please visit Balfour to order. Information regarding costs and delivery is available on their website.

Meeting Your Guests

Please note that, at the conclusion of the ceremony, NJPAC requests that all guests and participants vacate the building. Please arrange with your guests prior to the ceremony to meet at a parking lot, restaurant, public transportation hub or other location, as remaining in NJPAC for socializing and photography will not be possible. If making restaurant reservations, note that graduates must report to the venue at 5:30 p.m., and the ceremony is expected to conclude around 8:30 p.m.

Congratulations on your graduation from Montclair State!

Congratulations and welcome! As graduates, you join the alumni network – a powerful group of more than 125,000 Red Hawks working in virtually every profession, across all 50 states and worldwide.

Celebrate this milestone achievement with your family, friends and colleagues by participating in the Count Me In 2018 Campaign for Graduate Commencement, and have your message displayed on the screen at your Commencement ceremony on May 22, 2018.

This is your opportunity to say thank you to those who have supported you on this remarkable journey. Family and friends are also encouraged to share their messages of congratulations.

Check out your alumni benefits, including your alumni email account. For more information, contact Stacy Albanese, Office of Alumni Relations, at 973-655-5465 or