Photo of NJCU Commencement

About Commencement 2021

At NJCU, Commencement provides our students an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements with family, friends, faculty, alumni, and the entire University community. 

Currently, pandemic restrictions, along with the uncertainty of potential limitations in May 2021, make it difficult to indicate with assurance the dates and locations for 2021 undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. 

Tentatively, NJCU’s Commencement will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.  Updates regarding these events will be posted and relayed as state guidance is released. 

Please note that we may need to restrict guest numbers due to the state mandates on in-person events.

If the University must hold a virtual ceremony with smaller in-person ceremonies, the virtual ceremony will be held on  same day that the live program was scheduled, June 15th, for both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. Smaller in-person ceremonies will be held on campus the week of May 17, 2021.   

Commencement regalia information will be announced shortly.

The ceremonies will celebrate students receiving their degrees in 2020, January 2021, May 2021, and August 2021. Specific information regarding submission of a picture, quote, and/or thank you message and the ability to submit your name for professional recording for the diploma process will be sent to eligible candidates via University email.

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be available to be taken starting March 15, 2020

Key Steps:

  1. Assure you have contacted the Registrar's office to confirm you are on the "Registered Graduates" list
  2. Schedule an appointment with LOR's Studio ( or 908 964 3040 ext 420)
  3. All photos will be taken on campus in the Gilligan Student Union Building (Covid Safety Protocols will be in place)

*Proofs of photos are free of charge. 
*Photo packages will be available for sale

For any additional questions please contact Malvanie Williams (

Dates for Photos


March 15, 9am-5pm
March 16, 9am-5pm
March 17, 11am -7pm
March 18, 9am-5pm

April 12 9am-5pm
April 13, 9am-5pm
April 14, 11am-7pm
April 15, 9am-5pm

May 10 9am-5pm
May 11, 9am-5pm
May 12, 11am-7pm
May 13, 9am-5pm