Undergraduate Ceremony

Ceremony Information

Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 9:00 a.m.
Prudential Center | 25 Lafayette Street, Newark

Steps to Commencement

Step 1:  Academics

  • Complete the online application for graduation by logging into WPConnect and selecting "Apply for Undergraduate 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/minor should be addressed immediately with your Academic Advisor 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 Fall 2023, and for Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 candidates.
      • Summer 2024 candidates will require permission to participate from their Academic Associate Dean. The candidate must be registered for final courses prior to submitting the permission request to be eligible to participate. The permit form is available in WPConnect under the Graduation tab; it is only required for Summer 2024 Graduates. The deadline to request a permit to walk in the May ceremony is April 12, 2024.

      Step 2:  Purchase Your Academic Regalia

      • All students who plan to participate in the ceremony at the Prudential Center must wear William Paterson-approved academic regalia, which includes a cap, gown, and hood. Academic regalia will be provided through Oak Hall Cap and Gown.
      • The regalia ordering site opens February 5, 2024 and closes April 12, 2024. Regalia can be pre-ordered at wpunj.shopoakhalli.com. The cost of the regalia is $77.95. Regalia will be shipped to home 2 to 3 weeks after ordering.
      • Please note: Academic regalia will not be sold at the Prudential Center.

      Step 3:  Invite Your Guests -- No Tickets are Needed for Commencement!

      • Download and share the Commencement save the date with friends and family.

        Step 4:  Purchase Parking Near the Prudential Center

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