Commencement 2022

Photo of commencement arena from the stage

Commencement 2022

Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, June 2, 2022

11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Congratulations to the NJCU
Graduating Classes of 2022!

Revisit the Commencement Ceremonies Livestreams


In addition to the in-person ceremony at the Prudential Center, NJCU broadcast both ceremonies. Visit the commencement site to be a part of the celebration.

NJCU Virtual Ceremony

Due to the governor's re-opening of the state and lifting of COVID restrictions, NJCU is pleased to announce that we will now host TWO (2) commencement ceremonies on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Please be advised that due to an event conflict with the Prudential Center, the start times of both ceremonies have changed. The first ceremony, originally scheduled for 9 a.m., will now begin at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, the second ceremony, originally slated for 1 p.m., will now begin at 3 p.m.

Please note the revised schedule, including seating times:

  • 11 a.m. Ceremony: School of Business and College of Professional Studies (doors open at 10 a.m. for all graduates, and all must be seated by 10:40 a.m.)
  • 3 p.m. Ceremony: Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education and the William J. Maxwell College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and CAS/Education dual-degree recipients (doors open at 2 p.m. for all graduates, and all must be seated by 2:40 p.m.)
  • If you have any questions regarding the time change or any other matters pertaining to this year’s ceremonies, please contact us at

Commencement Bulletin

Honorary Degree Recipients

United States Senator Bob Menendez, the State of New Jersey’s senior senator and a Hudson County native, and New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz will receive honorary doctorate degrees. Ruiz will speak during the 11 a.m. ceremony and Menendez will address the graduates during the 3 p.m. session. Read their bios.


Commencement Ceremony Logistics

Prudential Center Directions

Celebrate Your Achievement

students in a row at commencement


We've created a website where you can send and view messages to your fellow graduates, friends, and family. Share photos and post messages celebrating your achievement!

Celebrate Your Achievement

Thanks Board

Send messages thanking faculty and departments for their support throughout your time at NJCU. 

Faculty and Department Thank You Messages

Celebrate Your Accomplishment

Want to show the world you're officially #NJCUGrad? We've created special-edition frames and GIFs for Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram celebrating your new grad status!

Official Senior Portraits


Lors Photography is pleased to be your official senior portrait photographer and will help you preserve and cherish your accomplishment with quality portraits. 

Portrait sessions will take place on campus and are free.

New Jersey City University 
Michael B. Gilligan Student Union Bldg Room 217

Recommended Attire: 
Professional Business or Formal Attire
Cap & Gown (supplied by Lors)

Register for Your Portrait Session

Photo Session Dates:

April 4, 2022 Mondays 9pm-5pm
April 5, 2022 Tuesday 12pm-8pm
April 6, 2022 Wednesday 9am-5pm
April 7, 2022 Thursday 12pm-8pm
April 8, 2022 Friday 9am-8pm
April 25, 2022 Mondays 9pm-5pm
April 26, 2022 Tuesday 12pm-8pm
April 27, 2022 Wednesday 9am-5pm
April 28, 2022 Thursday 12pm-8pm
April 29, 2022 Friday 9am-8pm

May 9, 2022 Mondays 9pm-5pm
May 10, 2022 Tuesday 12pm-8pm
May 11, 2022 Wednesday 9am-5pm
May 12, 2022 Thursday 12pm-8pm
May 13, 2022 Friday 9am-8pm

Join Us in Celebrating First-Gen Students and Graduates

Graduating student posing for a photograph with family

Are you a first-generation college graduate this year or do you know someone who is? Here’s an opportunity to tell your story, in the form of a video or written submission. Visit the submission website for tips, instructions, and to share your own story.

Interested in seeing other first-gen stories? View YouTube video testimonials from first-gen students and graduates from across the country! Check them out and share your own!

Share Your Own Story

New Alumni Basket Prize

Congratulations NJCU Graduates!

We are interested in hearing from you! Complete this brief survey and your name will be included in a drawing for a basket of NJCU swag. Please submit the survey by Friday June 24th to be included in the drawing. The winner will be announced on Thursday, June 30th. Thank you in advance for your participation!

New Graduate Survey