Commencement 2017


Commencement 2017

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 17, 2017 • 7:00 pm • Shea Center
Tickets are required

Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)
Friday, May 19, 2017 • 9:00 am • Prudential Center, Newark
Tickets are NOT required


Other Important Dates:

Late Pickup Days:

Friday, May 12, 2017  • 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm • Bookstore, University Commons

Saturday, May 13, 2017  • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm • Bookstore, University Commons

Monday, May 15, 2017  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm • Bookstore, University Commons


Apply for Graduation
Undergraduate Application

All students must file for graduation by the following dates:

 Deadline:  Graduation:
 September 1  January
 December 1  May
 June 1  August