Parents, Friends & Guests

Parents, Friends & Guests

Venue: The 2018 NJCU Commencement will be held at the Prudential Center on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 9:00am. Doors will open at 8:00 am.

The Prudential Center can accommodate as many guests as you would like to bring, therefore, no tickets are required for entry.

Parents, friends, and guests of the graduates will enter the Prudential Center through the PNC Tower. Special seating for those requiring it is available throughout the center.

Immediately after the ceremony, students and guests must meet outside the Prudential Center. Guests will exit the center from the concourse of the PNC Tower and graduates will exit through the Lafayette Tower. No one will be allowed to remain in the lobby or to re-enter the lobby. Please plan to meet friends and relatives outside the Prudential Center or at their cars.

Please remember that graduate and doctoral students will be returning their regalia before they leave the Prudential Center. Undergraduates may keep their commencement regalia. Pictures with family and graduates in full academic attire must be taken prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

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