Guests

Guests - Family & Friends

It takes a lot of hard work to earn a college degree. You—the family and friends of William Paterson graduates—have provided care, guidance, and support to the students receiving diplomas. So as much as William Paterson University Commencement marks a day of congratulations, it's also one of pride and gratitude.



 



Please join us in the celebration of the 196th Undergraduate Commencement on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Doors open to guests at the Investors Bank Tower at 7:30 a.m. President Richard Helldobler will confer degrees on all candidates receiving bachelor’s degrees from the University’s five colleges: College of the Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science and Health.

PARKING FOR THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER

We encourage everyone to allow for travel time with morning rush hour traffic. Reserving parking in advance is strongly advised. Arrangements have been made with SpotHero for this purpose. 

ENTERING THE PRUDENTIAL CENTER

Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony, but plan for a security check when entering the Prudential Center. Outside food and beverages, balloons, beach balls, and noisemakers are not permitted. For additional prohibited items, view the Arena Policy at prucenter.com/arena-policy. Food vendors will be available on the arena concourse.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION FOR PRUDENTIAL CENTER

For information regarding ADA parking, seating and assistance at the Prudential Center please refer to prucenter.com/ada-guide.  Please note: Seating does not need to be purchased for the Commencement ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Grad Images is the ceremony photographer and will be taking pictures of each student as they process to the stage, with their diploma cover, and shaking hands with their Academic Dean. You will be able to view the photos online and purchase directly from Grad Images. Check the Grad Images website for more information on how to obtain photos from the William Paterson University ceremonies.

GIFTS FOR GRADUATES

Flowers and T-shirts by Commencement Flowers Inc.

Flowers, official Class of 2019 commemorative T-shirts, and other gifts will be available for purchase inside the Prudential Center. Please note that outside flowers may be brought into both arenas.

Commencement Flowers, Inc. is a William Paterson University licensed vendor for the William Paterson University Commencement ceremonies.

PREORDER FLOWERS OR A COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT TODAY

Please join us in the celebration of the 196th Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sports and Recreation Center on William Paterson’s main campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. President Richard Helldobler will confer degrees on doctoral candidates in nursing and on all candidates receiving master’s degrees from the University’s five colleges: College of the Arts and Communication, Cotsakos College of Business, College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science and Health.

PARKING FOR THE SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTER

The Sports and Recreation Center is at the base of Parking Lot Np. 6. Use Entry No. 5 from Hamburg Turnpike, Entry No. 1 from Pompton Road, or Entry No. 6 from Belmont Avenue onto University Drive and follow University Drive to Parking Lot No. 6. Visit the website for the campus map and directions.

Guests with accessibility issues may be dropped off and picked up at the side of the Sports and Recreation Center. University Police personnel will be stationed in several areas within the parking lot to facilitate this process and provide parking directions for all vehicles. 

ENTERING THE SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTER

Tickets are required for entrance. Each student has been given the opportunity to reserve up to 6 e-tickets for their guests. Each e-ticket is uniquely bar-coded and can be printed or forwarded to a guest’s phone for scanning at the entry. Seating in the Sports and Recreation Center is bleacher seating. Those with accessibility issues will be accommodated in floor seating as best as possible. Balloons, beach balls, and noisemakers are not permitted in the arena.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Grad Images is the ceremony photographer and will be taking pictures of each student as they process to the stage, with their diploma cover, and shaking hands with their Academic Dean. You will be able to view the photos online and purchase directly from Grad Images. Check the Grad Images website for more information on how to obtain photos from the William Paterson University ceremonies.

 

GIFTS FOR GRADUATES

Flowers and T-shirts by Commencement Flowers Inc.

Flowers, official Class of 2019 commemorative T-shirts, and other gifts will be available for purchase outside the Sports and Recreation Center. Please note that outside flowers may be brought into both arenas.

Commencement Flowers Inc. is a William Paterson University licensed vendor for the William Paterson University Commencement ceremonies.

PREORDER FLOWERS OR A COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT TODAY