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Frequently Asked Questions

To protect the safety of the University community and others, and in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders, commencement and graduation convocations are postponed until a future date. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available.

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.

Graduate Commencement

Who should attend the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 22, 2020 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. The deadline to apply for May 2020 graduation is January 28, 2020.
Will the Commencement ceremonies be live-streamed?
Yes, the two Commencement ceremonies will be webcast. Please visit 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:
Will my legal name or preferred name be used for Convocation and/or Commencement programs and announcements?
Montclair State University adopted a Preferred Name Policy for students in April of 2019. As part of this policy, students are eligible to have their preferred name printed in Commencement  programs and announced at Commencement and Convocations as appropriate. Unless requested otherwise, your name will appear as indicated on your graduation registration form. Students wishing to designate a preferred name for Commencement programs and Commencement / Convocation announcements must complete the Preferred/Used Name Designation/Removal Application no later than March 13, 2020 for any May 2020 Convocation or Commencement.

Note that only legal names can be printed on diplomas and transcripts. Students should verify their name on NEST prior to completing the form. If you have any questions, please email

What is the difference between college/school Convocations and Undergraduate Commencement?
College and school Convocations will be held on campus and celebrate the distinctive traditions and spirit of each college or school. The Dean will preside and individual names will be read as students cross the stage. Registration and tickets are required for this event and all arrangements will be coordinated through your respective college/school.

Undergraduate Commencement will celebrate the entire undergraduate Class of 2020 and all degrees will be officially conferred by the President of the University. Tickets are not required for this ceremony. Student names will not be read during the ceremony.

Am I eligible to participate in Commencement and/or Convocation if I will be enrolled during the summer to complete my degree requirements?
No, only undergraduate May 2020 candidates who will have completed all requirements by the end of the Spring 2020 semester will be eligible to participate.