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. 

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, it will be held on the same day, June 15th, for both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. Smaller in-person ceremonies may be held beginning the week of May 17 and continue through June 14. Smaller ceremonies will be communicated through your academic college. Please be sure to check your NJCU email for commencement updates.  

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. 

Commencement Regalia

Instructions for ordering cap and gowns



Bachelor's Graduates: Your items are yours to keep!

Master's Graduates: Your gown and your hood are custom rental items. You may keep your cap and tassel. For your convenience, you will be provided with a pre-paid return label.

Doctoral Graduates: Your gown, tam, and hood are custom rental items. You may keep your tassel. For your convenience, you will be provided with a pre-paid return label. 

You MUST return rental regalia postmarked by July 15, 2021 to ensure delivery of your diploma and not be charged for the rental.

To purchase your doctoral regalia please email: 

Questions? Please contact our Herff Jones Representative: Yona Benyamini
Office: 845-440-1116

To check your order:  
Go to the ordering site 
Enter your college name 
In the top right corner of the ordering page click on cap and gown order status and use your CPA number below to check the status.  

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits will be available to be taken starting March 15, 2021.

Please note: graduating students will not receive robes until June and therefore should not plan to have them available for senior portraits.

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 ) or 908 964 3040 ext. 420
  3. All photos will be taken on campus in the Gilligan Student Union Building (Covid-19 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

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