Graduate Ceremony

Ceremony Information

Graduate Ceremony (master’s and doctoral degrees)
Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:00 p.m.
William Paterson University Sports and Recreation Center

Tickets ARE required

Follow these steps to Commencement:

Step 1:  Academics

  • Complete the online application for graduation by logging into WPConnect and selecting "Apply for Graduate Graduation" under the Graduation section. Confirm the name you would like displayed on your diploma.
  • Check your Degree Audit to ensure you are on track to complete your degree. Any discrepancies with your major should be addressed immediately with your Graduate Coordinator, or the Registrar’s Office

    Mid-Year and Summer candidates can attend Commencement in May

    • William Paterson holds one ceremony in May for those completing in August 2021, January 2022 and May 2022.
    • August 2022 candidates will require permission to participate from their Academic Associate Dean. The candidate must be registered for final courses prior to submitting permission request to be eligible to participate. The permit form is available in WPConnect under the Graduation tab, August Graduates. The deadline to request a permit to walk in the May ceremony is April 18, 2022.

    Step 2: Purchase Your Academic Regalia

    • All students who plan to participate in the ceremony at the Sports and Recreation Center must wear academic regalia, which include a cap, gown, and hood. The academic regalia will be provided through Oak Hall.
    • The regalia ordering site opens February 7, 2022 and closes the week of April 18. Regalia can be pre-ordered at The cost of the regalia is $68. Regalia will be shipped to home 2-3 weeks after ordering.
    • Please note: Academic regalia will not be sold at the Sports and Recreation Center.


    • Download and share the Commencement Save-the-Date with friends and family.
    • Each graduate will receive four (4) e-tickets which will become available on May 2, 2022. (Children 2 and under do not require a ticket).
    • E-tickets are required for entrance into the Sports and Recreation Center. Tickets are required for children. Fire code prohibits children sitting on the laps of adults.
    • All e-tickets are barcoded and will be scanned for entry into the Sports and Recreation Center.
    • We will follow all University rules/policies in place regarding COVID-19.

    Step 4: Parking on Campus

    • Use Entry No. 5 from Hamburg Turnpike, Entry No. 1 from Pompton Road, or Entry No. 6 from Belmont Avenue to University Drive. Follow University Drive to Parking Lot No. 6.
    • The Sports and Recreation Center is at the base of Parking Lot No. 6
    • If any of your guests are disabled, they may be dropped off and picked up at the side of the Sports and Recreation Center in Lot No. 6. University Police personnel will be stationed in several areas within the parking lot to facilitate this process and provide parking directions for all vehicles.

    Step 5:  Stay In-the-Know: Keep Up with Commencement News and Social Media

    • Check our website frequently. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
    • Have guests who can’t attend? WATCH ONLINE.
      The ceremony will be live-streamed from the University’s homepage at