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 pmWilliam Paterson University • Recreation Center 300 Pompton Road, WayneTickets are required Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)Friday, May 18, 2018 • 9:00 amPrudential Center25 Lafayette Street, NewarkTickets 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 PortraitsNovember 6 – November 10, 2017February 19 – February 23, 2018April 2 – April 6, 2018 Schedule your appointment at www.ouryear.com, 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.