Notices will be posted at the University Bookstore when caps, gowns and hoods are available for all students, with the exception of doctoral candidates. Hoods for doctoral candidates will be sent directly to the appropriate school office and subsequently presented at special hooding ceremonies on Friday, May 15. For all other candidates, regalia can be picked up starting May 12th. If you have any questions concerning the purchase or rental of academic attire, please call the University Bookstore directly at 973-408-3881.

Graduation Announcements & Downpour Tickets

Ten complimentary graduation announcements are provided for each candidate. These announcements are general and are not inscribed with student names. However, the bookstore does sell announcements that can be personalized.

Commencement packets containing 10 complimentary announcements and seven downpour tickets may be picked up at the University Bookstore through May 8. Announcements and downpour tickets will be mailed to candidates who are maintaining matriculation or registered for dissertation research for the spring term.


Candidates for degrees are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you cannot attend, please write to the University Registrar at no later than Friday, April 24, to inform the office of your absence.


As candidates cross the Mead Hall rear porch, they receive a diploma cover, no diploma inside. All candidates who are cleared academically and financially for graduation will receive their diploma via U.S. mail approximately four weeks after the ceremony.


Professional photographs of all  graduates will be taken both on stage as well as while the graduate leaves the stage. Proofs will be emailed to the student approximately three to four days after the event and will be available for purchase. For additional information please visit Grad Images.