Commencement 2023

It’s your time to shine! Commencement at William Paterson University provides an opportunity for you to celebrate your achievements and this important milestone with your family, friends, faculty, alumni, and the entire University community.

This year, formal ceremonies will once again be held for undergraduate and graduate degree recipients—one for undergraduates at the Prudential Center in Newark, and two for graduate students held on campus in the Sports and Recreation Center. The ceremonies will celebrate students receiving their degrees in January 2023, May 2023, and prospective August 2023 graduates.

Continue to check the website for more details as it gets closer to the event.

Undergraduate Ceremony (bachelor’s degrees)
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 • 9:00 a.m.
Prudential Center | 25 Lafayette Street, Newark

Tickets are NOT required

Graduate Ceremonies (master’s and doctoral degrees)
Thursday, May 18, 2023
William Paterson University | Sports and Recreation Center | 300 Pompton Road, Wayne

Tickets ARE required

2:00 p.m. | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Cotsakos College of Business
7:00 p.m. | College of Education and College of Science and Health 

Regalia: Information regarding the ordering of caps and gowns and ceremony registration will be emailed to eligible students February 6, 2023.

If an eligible student has not yet applied to graduate, please do so online with the Registrar's Office.
If anyone has additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact committee members at or at 973.720.3295.

Monday – Friday  |  February 20 – 24, 2023  |  University Commons 216

Monday – Friday  |  April 10 – 13, 2023  |  University Commons 168 A/B
Monday – Friday  |  May 2 – 6, 2023  |  University Commons 168 A/B

Please Note: Session registration opens a few weeks prior to the scheduled dates

Schedule your appointment at, entering school code 237 or by calling 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (687-9327), during normal business hours.  When you schedule your appointment, you will receive complete information on how to prepare for your portrait sitting. There is a $10 sitting fee that needs to be paid at the time of the portrait appointment. The sitting fee can be paid by cash or check made payable to William Paterson SGA. Don’t forget that you can use these portraits for your Professional Networking and Job Search sites. Don’t miss out on capturing this once in a lifetime achievement.