191st Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Izod Center, East Rutherford, N.J.

Join with the entire William Paterson University community as we celebrate Commencement 2014! The ceremony will be a combined event for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree candidates for students who have completed their degree requirements in May 2014, January 2014, and August 2013.  No tickets are required for guests, and ample free parking is available.

Commencement 2014 begins at 10 a.m. in the Izod Center.  Graduating students will process with William Paterson University faculty, administration, and alumni.  University President Kathleen Waldron will confer the degrees; students will be individually recognized by name, and congratulated by their college dean.

During the ceremony, Kevin Burkhardt, a National Football League play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports and a 1997 graduate of William Paterson University, will give the commencement address. Dr. Mary Mundinger, former dean of the School of Nursing at Columbia University, who developed the first doctor of nursing practice program, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree; the University will award its first doctorates to the eleven inaugural graduates of its doctor of nursing practice program at the ceremony. An honorary doctor of fine arts degree will be conferred on Bucky Pizzarelli, the renowned jazz guitarist. Robert Taylor, William Paterson University’s first trustee emeritus, who served on the University’s board for 22 years, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. 

Late Regalia Pick-Up (Cap, Gown, Hood, Name Card, and Instructions)

Distribution by members of the Commencement Committee will be held in the University Bookstore on the following dates ONLY:

Thursday, May 8, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Senior Send-Off (Bachelor Candidates ONLY)
May 13, 2014
7:00 p.m.
University Commons Ballroom

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