Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018

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 16, 2018 • 7:00 pm
William Paterson University • Recreation Center
300 Pompton Road, Wayne

Tickets are required

Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)
Friday, May 18, 2018 • 9:00 am
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette Street, Newark

Tickets are NOT required

"Say Thanks"
Undergraduates can "Say Thanks" to their supporters with personal words of thanks, which will be printed in the Commencement Program.
100% of proceeds will support scholarships for the Class of 2019.
Click here to "Say Thanks"

Senior Portraits

November 6 – November 10, 2017
February 19 – February 23, 2018
April 2 – April 6, 2018

Schedule your appointment at, entering school code 237 or by calling 1-800-OUR-YEAR (687-9327) during normal business hours.

Please note there is a $30 sitting fee for Senior Portraits and with this fee you will receive a complimentary yearbook.  Yearbooks will be mailed out in October 2018.



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

For Questions Contact: