Commencement 2021

It’s your time to shine! Commencement at William Paterson University provides an opportunity for you to celebrate your achievements and this important milestone with your family, friends, faculty, alumni, and the entire University community.

The University will hold a combined virtual ceremony for all undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, May 14, 2021, which will become available online at 9:00 a.m. that day. The virtual ceremony will be followed by smaller in-person ceremonies will be held on campus the week of May 17, 2021 if state guidance allows for increased capacity for outdoor events by that time. If the University is unable to hold the smaller in-person ceremonies in May, they will be held the week of June 21, 2021. The ceremonies will celebrate students receiving their degrees in January 2021, May 2021, and August 2021.

The smaller in-person ceremonies, to be held on Wightman Field, will give graduates the opportunity to cross the stage and be recognized in front of their peers and guests. At present, like last year, we anticipate only providing two tickets per student. Each ceremony will be streamed online so friends and family can view it remotely. Graduates will be assigned to their ceremony based on the University’s five colleges, their majors, and degree level (undergraduate or graduate). The schedule of in-person ceremonies will be based on the responses regarding attendance. 

Commencement regalia can be purchased and shipped to students at home through Oak Hall, the University’s cap and gown vendor, at this link Order Regalia. 

Graduates, family, and friends can pre-order flowers, as well as commemorative t-shirts with the names of all William Paterson graduates on the back, for pick-up up at the in-person ceremonies at The Commencement Group.

Specific information regarding both ceremonies, including a response for the in-person ceremonies, submission of a picture, quote and/or thank you message, and the ability to submit your name for professional recording for the diploma process, will be sent to eligible candidates via University email.  

Continue to check this website and your University email for updates and details regarding the various events.