It is the student’s responsibility to complete the curriculum prescribed in the University catalog in effect, or as modified, when he/she matriculates. Students who will be completing their curriculum requirements for degrees, teacher certification or post-baccalaureate certificates must complete the Application to Graduate through their NEST account in order to be evaluated for completion of requirements and subsequently become eligible for degree conferment, certificate or recommendation for teacher certification.
Graduation Application Deadlines
- August 2018 graduation – Apply February 15, 2018 – August 1, 2018 (Extended from June 15, 2018.)
- January 2019 graduation – Apply May 15, 2018 – November 1, 2018 (Extended from October 1, 2018.)
- May 2019 graduation – Apply July 1, 2018 – December 21, 2018
You will receive an email at your Montclair State University email address prior to your final term. This email will direct you to review the “Notes” and the “Saved” audit to be found in your Degree Works audit available through NEST.
If you change your mind and wish to re-file for a subsequent term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified when you can re-enter the application and file for the next term.
Please Note: A one-time non-refundable $85.00 University graduation fee will be assessed to degree candidates.
For the Addition of Special Characters on your diploma please use the Graduation Accent Form.
State of New Jersey Certification
Baccalaureate and master’s degree candidates, as well as post-baccalaureate certificate candidates, who have been evaluated through the Office of the Registrar for New Jersey teaching, educational services or administrative certificates have the option of either having Montclair State University apply on their behalf or applying, on their own, directly to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). If a student chooses to have Montclair State University apply on their behalf, students must complete the Educational Credential Application and pay the required fee (as assessed by the NJDOE) by the deadline indicated on the application.
All degree/certification requirements must be met before your application is sent to the NJ Department of Education.
Application forms will be mailed to candidates approximately four weeks prior to the deadline. Completed applications must be notarized and returned with payment to:
- Montclair State University
Red Hawk Central
Attn: Registrar/NJ Certification
1 Normal Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043
Certification fees range from $95.00 to $190.00 per certificate. More information is available on the NJ Teacher Education website.
Applications are sent approximately four weeks after the degree conferment dates shown below:
- Fall – January 31.
- Spring – May 31.
- Summer – August 31.
Graduation vs 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.
Apply to Graduate
To be certified by the Registrar’s Office, you should Apply to Graduate as follows:
- January graduation – Apply June 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017 (extended deadline October 15, 2017).
- May graduation – Apply July 1, 2017 – December 22, 2017.
- August graduation – Apply February 15, 2018 – June 15, 2018.
Again, graduation is the certified completion of your undergraduate degree or graduate program requirements. It is not a ceremony. When you apply for graduation, through your Final Audit, you are not registering for any ceremony.
Commencement is the symbolic ceremony that marks the closing of a 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.
Commencement Exercises are held each year for students. In order to participate in Commencement, a student must be certified by the Registrar’s Office as a graduate of their undergraduate degree or graduate program.
Please visit the University’s Commencement website for information related to upcoming undergraduate and graduation commencement ceremonies.
Convocations are ceremonies held by the individual colleges and schools where students affiliated with one of our colleges/school gather to celebrate their graduation achievement. Each college/school organizes its own convocation program.
Information about individual convocation ceremonies will be available on each college/school website.
Available approximately four to six weeks after date of conferment for those students who have completed all requirements for graduation.
Diplomas and University Certificates will be mailed directly from the diploma company to those students who have no outstanding financial obligations approximately two weeks after your conferment date. You may track your Diploma/University Certificate order at DiploMatic. Covers for diplomas are given out at Commencement. Diploma covers will also be available in the Office of the Registrar.
Transcripts With Program Completion Information
Available approximately two weeks after conferment date.
Students who wish to have official transcripts of their records sent must complete a Transcript Request Form. Official transcripts may be requested online via NEST. Once you have logged in to NEST, under the Student Records heading select Official Transcript Request and follow the instructions. The completed form may be submitted by mail, by fax, or in person. Indicate “Hold Until Degree Conferred” on the form. Transcripts will not be released for students who have outstanding financial obligations.
Before that date, if you need a Statement of Completion of Degree/Certification/University Certificate Requirements to show for employment, examination or graduate school purposes other than Montclair State University, you may fill out a request form.
Once degree/NJ Certification/University certificate completion information has been posted to the record, the statement of completion will no longer be obtainable; instead, an official transcript must be requested.