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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend The Graduate School Commencement ceremony on May 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. at NJPAC?
Only master’s and doctoral candidates who will have completed their graduation requirements in May 2020 are eligible to attend.

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Who should attend the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 22 at 11 a.m. at Prudential Center?
All bachelor’s candidates who have completed their academic degree requirements in August 2019, December 2019, January 2020 or who will have completed their requirements in May 2020 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 2020. What do I need to do?
Please visit Apply for Graduation for more information about how to apply for graduation.
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.
To graduate, a student must complete all undergraduate degree or graduate program requirements, apply for graduation through their Final Audit and be certified by the Registrar’s oFfice for graduation. A student can complete all requirements and graduate in August, January or May, depending upon when certified by the Registrar’s Office.
Commencement is the symbolic ceremony that marks the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your graduation. 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 10 a.m. for graduates and guests.
When will I get my diploma?
You will receive your diploma approximately 4-6 weeks after Commencement if all academic requirements and financial obligations have been met. Diplomas will be sent to the address you indicated on your graduation application. You will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony.
How do I order a yearbook?
Contact The Student Government Association at 973-655-4202
Where do I order class rings?
Class rings may be purchased through Balfour at the following link: