Commencement 2019 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: Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)Wednesday, May 15, 2019 • 9:00 amPrudential Center25 Lafayette Street, NewarkTickets are NOT required Graduate Ceremony (master’s and doctoral degrees)Thursday, May 16, 2019 • 7:00 pmWilliam Paterson University • Sports and Recreation Center 300 Pompton Road, WayneTickets are required Pioneer Salute - University Commons Ballrooms A, B and CTuesday, April 9, 2019 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pmWednesday, April 10, 2019 • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Distribution of regalia by Commencement Committee members ONLY.