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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend The Graduate School Commencement ceremony on May 22 at 7 p.m. at NJPAC?
Only master’s and doctoral candidates who will have completed their graduation requirements in May 2018 are eligible to attend.
Who should attend the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 25 at 11 a.m. at Prudential Center?
All bachelor’s candidates who have completed their academic degree requirements in August 2017 or January 2018, or who will have completed their requirements in May 2018 are eligible to attend.
Will we still have our individual College/School Convocation ceremonies in May?
Yes, individual College/School Convocations will be held for undergraduate students only. See your school/college website for details.
I think I may be able to graduate in May 2018. What do I need to do?
Please visit for more information about how to apply for graduation.

The deadline to apply for May 2018 graduation is December 22, 2017.

Will the Commencement ceremonies be live-streamed?
Yes, the two Commencement ceremonies 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.
How long is the ceremony?
The formal ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and is anticipated to end at 1 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for graduates. Guests may enter the venue at 10 a.m.
When will I get my diploma?
Approximately 4-6 weeks after Commencement. Assuming you have satisfied academic requirements and all financial obligations to the University have been met, you will receive your diploma at the address you indicated on your graduation application. You will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony.