Commencement 2016

Commencement at William Paterson University is an important event for graduating students, family, and friends, as well as the faculty and staff. The ceremony provides an opportunity for the entire University to celebrate the achievements and successful conclusion of a higher education degree.

The commencement ceremony is a formal celebration steeped in academic ritual and the traditions of the University complete with procession, academic regalia, and other elements of pageantry. Personal attention takes center stage as each graduate is individually recognized.

This year’s ceremonies will be held as follows:

Graduate Ceremony (master’s and doctoral degrees)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 • 7:00 pm • Shea Center
Tickets are required

Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)
Friday, May 20, 2016 • 9:00 am • Prudential Center, Newark
Tickets are NOT required


Other Important Dates:

Cap and Gown Late Pickup:

Late Pickup will take place on the following dates/times in the Bookstore:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 (12:30pm - 4:30pm)

Friday, May 6, 2016 (10:00am - 2:00pm)

Saturday, May 7, 2016 (10:00am - 2:00pm)