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Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the commencement ceremony?

Baccalaureate Commencement Exercises will take place at the Prudential Center at 165 Mulberry Street in Newark on Monday, May 20, 2019. The procession begins at 9 a.m., with the formal ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m. Students are asked to arrive at the ceremony by 8:15 a.m.; doors open at 8 a.m.

Separate graduate ceremonies will take place in various locations both on and off the South Orange Campus.

Do I need tickets for my family/friends who are attending Commencement?

An unlimited number of guests may attend the Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony at the Prudential Center. Tickets are not required and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Undergraduate degree candidates will receive a number of souvenir invitations in their commencement packet when they pick up their academic attire.

Space may be limited at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Class of 2019, the President’s Reception and the Undergraduate Academic Awards Ceremony. Details will be sent to degree candidates and/or posted here as they become available.

Some graduate commencement ceremonies limit the number of guests; graduate degree candidates will receive this information from their college. 

What about caps and gowns?

Academic attire for undergraduate and graduate students has been ordered; no individual measurements are needed in advance. Students with special sizing requirements should send an e-mail in advance of attire distribution to with specifics including name, student I.D. number and contact information.

Undergraduate degree candidates please note: before you can pick up your academic attire, you must have completed the online Career Center Graduate Survey. Be sure to use Firefox to assure that your responses are recorded. 

Academic attire for undergraduate and graduate (not doctoral) degree candidates will be distributed in Bethany Hall during these days/times:

Thursday, May 9     10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10     10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, May 13 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Faculty members will pick up their attire in the Bayley Hall Reception Area on these dates:  

Monday – Wednesday, May 6 – 8  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Doctoral candidates borrowing academic attire will pick up their regalia in Bayley Hall, room 14 on these dates:

Tuesday, April 30 8:45 a.m.  – 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday, May 1-3 8:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Doctoral candidates who need to make alternate pickup arrangements should contact Susan Brennan at

How much is the cap and gown rental fee?

There is no charge for the rental of academic attire.

What do I do with my academic attire after Commencement?

Immediately following Commencement, all baccalaureate graduates must return their gown at the designated areas at the Prudential Center. Students may retain their cap/tassel and Stole of Gratitude. Master and Ed.S. graduates will return their gown and hood at the drop-off locations at their ceremony site. They may retain their caps but must return their gowns and hoods. Doctoral candidates must return their academic attire to the Office of the Registrar within one week after the ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be available starting mid-July for mailing or in-person pick up.

If you have elected to pick up your diploma in person, please come to the Office of the Registrar in Bayley Hall. Remember to bring identification with you when picking up your diploma. Diplomas will not be released without identification of the recipient. If someone else is picking up your diploma for you, you must give him or her a signed authorization indicating that you are giving permission to have your diploma picked up. Without the authorization, diplomas will not be released.

Diplomas will not be released to any student who has an outstanding financial obligation to the University.

Where do I or my guests park at the Prudential Center?

The Prudential Center offers pre-paid parking through Click and Park: More parking information:

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app. To reserve your parking spot, visit the Prudential Center SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Where do I sit during Commencement at the Prudential Center?

Students walk into the arena in groups by degree. Students may refer to the seating chart in the packet they receive with their academic attire.

Note: If you would like to sit with your friends, walk in back or in front of them. Do not stand beside them, as the lines will split.

View the seating chart by college for the Commencement ceremony at the Prudential Center »

For information about graduate college-related events (including accessible/disabled seating) please contact the following:
  • College of Arts and Sciences - Dr. Michael Dooney, (973) 275-2155
  • College of Communication and the Arts -  Dr. Ryan Hudes, (973) 275-4832
  • College of Education and Human Services - Mayra Colon, (973) 761-9025
  • College of Nursing- Theresa Deehan, (973) 761-9619
  • Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology - Veronica Haegele, (973) 313-6329
  • School of Health and Medical Sciences - Niyala Shaw, (973) 313-6092
  • Stillman School of Business - Leigh Onimus, (973) 313-6058
  • School of Diplomacy and International Relations - Elizabeth Halpin, (973) 275-2560

What if I need disability accommodations at graduation related events?

We encourage students or guests who need accommodations to facilitate communication (ie., sign language interpreters or real-time captioning) to notify the Office of Disability Support Services at (973) 313-6003 at least three weeks in advance of the event. If the office is not contacted in a timely fashion, we cannot guarantee that the requested accommodations will be available.

More information from the Prudential Center:

Will there be sign language interpreters at graduation?

If you are in need of interpreters for any other graduation event on campus, please call the DSS office at (973) 313-6003 at least two weeks prior to the event. If you do not adhere to that timeline, we cannot guarantee that this accommodation will be made.

Is handicapped seating available at the Prudential Center? Where?

Accessible/disabled seating is available on all levels of the arena on a first come, first served basis. 

More information from the Prudential Center:

Is the Bookstore open? What time?

The University Bookstore hours are available here.

Where can I find information about travel, accommodations, dining, etc. in Newark?

The Prudential Center is hosting multiple college graduation ceremonies this year. In conjunction with the Newark business community, they have provided a website with helpful information:

Will transportation be provided? 

Faculty and students who are in need of transportation to the Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony at the Prudential Center on Monday, May 20, bus service from campus will be provided.

Faculty members and administrators who are working as academic marshals, the bus will leave Seton Hall from the Recreation Center at 6:45 a.m. sharp and will leave the Prudential Center at approximately 11:45 a.m. for the return trip to the South Orange Campus. Please indicate on the form below if you need a ride back to campus. Seats are on a first come basis and seats are limited.

Faculty members who are not marshals and students, the bus will leave Seton Hall from the Recreation Center at 7:30 a.m. sharp and will leave the Prudential Center at approximately 11:45 a.m. for the return trip to the South Orange Campus. Please indicate on the form below if you need a ride back to campus. Seats are on a first come basis and seats are limited.

To make a reservation click on the attached form:

Please note: If you choose to drive to the Prudential Center the surrounding lots charge a fee of about $15 - $20.00.)

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