Commencement for Undergraduate Students

Commencement for Undergraduate Students

Venue: The 2018 NJCU Commencement will be held at the Prudential Center on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 9:00am. Graduating students should report at 8:00 am for line up.

Undergraduate students will receive a notification in April from the Dean of Students with information on commencement. In addition, you will receive from the Registrar's Office during the last week of April a white index card for cap and gown pick up, a calling card, and instructions.

You must present this white index card to the cap and gown company when you pick up your regalia. You do not need to order a cap and gown prior to pick up. There is no separate fee for cap and gown rental.

Cap and Gown distribution for undergraduate students will take place outside the NJCU Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the first floor of the Gilligan Student Union on Tuesday May 8, Wednesday May 9, and Thursday May 10, 2017 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Caps, gowns, tassels and stoles are yours to keep as a souvenir. You do not have to return your commencement regalia.

When arriving at the Prudential Center, enter the building through the Lafayette Tower. All candidates will assemble in the line-up area. Signs will be posted to indicate specific college and degree locations. Marshals will be available to direct you to your position.

You will be seated by college. The "calling card" you received in the mail at the end of April will include information on where you will line-up and where you will sit during the commencement exercises. MAKE SURE YOU BRING THIS CARD WITH YOU TO COMMENCEMENT – you will present the “calling card” to the announcer on stage who will read you name during diploma presentation.

Students cleared for a degree will be sent a postcard at the end of June with dates and times when diplomas will be available to be picked up at the Registrar's Office. If you changed your address, call (201) 200-3483.

Please note: Traffic is normally heavy during the morning rush hour on roads leading to the Prudential Center. In addition, construction on the Pulaski Skyway could cause additional significant delays to your travel time. Plan accordingly. Please visit the Prudential Center website for directions.


Reserve Discounted Parking

We recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking!

To book your spot for the New Jersey City University Commencement, visit the official SpotHero Prudential Center Parking page at  to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Book now and your space at the chosen facility is 100% guaranteed!

Information on additional parking locations is available on the Prudential Center web site.



The Hampton Inn & Suites Newark Riverwalk is offering a rate of $159.00 per night for NJCU’s Commencement Ceremony 2018 for students, family, and friends. This rate includes:

  • Free shuttle service to/from the Prudential Center (just 3 minutes)
  • Free shuttle service to/from Newark (EWR) Airport
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • FREE parking
  • FREE Wi-Fi
  • FREE buffet breakfast

To make reservation online, go to

To make your reservations by telephone, please call 973-483-1900 x7101 and mention New Jersey City University Commencement.

Please make reservations before April 9, 2018 to qualify for the special rate of $159.00. For reservations taken after the cut-off date, standard rates of $219.00 - $239.00 will apply.



A professional photographer from Island Photography will be taking photographs of each graduate as he/she is recognized during the ceremony. Within 48 hours of commencement, graduates will be emailed a secure link and a PIN to view and order photos. Go to to register the emails of family & friends so they can also receive direct links to your proofs. For more information, visit