General Information

Commencement Exercises for New Jersey Institute of Technology will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Newark’s Prudential Center. The university will confer more than 2,300 doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees on members of the Class of 2017 from Newark College of Engineering (NCE), College of Architecture and Design (COAD), College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA), Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSOM) and Ying Wu College of Computing (YWCC).

Honorary degrees will be awarded to J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, Principal at Studio Hillier, Philip L. Rinaldi '68, '77, Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, and The Honorable Rochelle R. Hendricks, Ph.D., first and current Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey, who will serve as commencement speaker.

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Invitations, Tickets, and Simulcast

We are pleased to announce that tickets or invitations for guests are not required.  All guests are welcome. However, please try to limit your guests to 10.

For guests who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be simulcast live on the web.  To view the ceremony, please visit

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Please allow ample time for morning traffic, and for the security checkpoint that everyone must go through.

  • 7:30 a.m. - Prudential Center opens doors, guests and participants proceed through Security. 
  • 8:40 a.m. - Processional begins.
  • 9:00 a.m. - Ceremony begins. **
  • 12:00 p.m. - Approximate end time for the ceremony. 

** Please note: All candidates are required to stay the duration of the ceremony.  We ask that all candidates and guests give the same courtesy to the last student whose name is called as was given to you. In the event that your guests are leaving before the end of the ceremony, please make sure that you have alternative transportation as candidates will not be permitted to leave with them.

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Location, Travel Directions and Parking


The ceremony takes place at the Prudential Center located at 165 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

Travel Directions: 

Directions for driving or taking public transportation to the Prudential Center can be found here. Please remember that Commencement falls on a weekday, so you will need to allow some extra time for heavy traffic.  If you choose public transportation: the Prudential Center is two blocks away from Newark Penn Station.

Directions to the Prudential Center if you're driving from the NJIT parking deck can be found here.


Parking is available for a charge at the commercial lots near Prudential Center, as indicated on this map. Costs vary, as the lots are privately owned.  Any information about discounted rates will be posted on this site, if and when it becomes available.

You also have the option of parking on campus and taking the city subway to Newark Penn Station or walking to the Prudential Center. 

  • Subway: You will need to purchase an "underground fare" ticket; you must validate your subway ticket before entering the subway car.  Failure to validate your ticket can result in a summons from the City of Newark.
  • Walking: If you park on campus, you can walk to the Prudential Center. Directions can be found here. Please note: We do not recommend this option for the elderly or those with disabilities.

If anyone would like to prepay and reserve handicapped parking at the Prudential Center Parking Deck you can do so by clicking here: You will need to have handicapped plates or show your hang tag. Please note: although this will be convenient, and you do not have to cross the street,  it is not the closest parking lot to the venue.


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Seating for Candidates

As you face the stage, the bachelor's candidates from NCE will be seated in the first row on the left hand side (house left/stage right), with the remaining master's candidates from NCE in the second row.

The third row will consist of MTSOM bachelor's candidates, followed by MTSOM master's candidates; YWCC bachelor's candidates, followed by YWCC master's candidates.  The fourth row (which is the row far right as you face the stage) will have COAD bachelor's candidates, followed by COAD master's candidates; CSLA bachelor's candidates, followed by CSLA master's candidates. All Albert Dorman Honors College candidates will sit as a group at the beginning of their college. 

Seating Charts and program books will be distributed at the Prudential Center.  Please note: In front of each section there will also be reserved seating for students receiving honors, doctoral candidates, PhD advisors, and faculty.


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Guest Seating

No tickets or invitations are required to attend; however, we do suggest you refer to the "Seating for Candidates" section above so that you can get a better idea of where your candidate is seated and therefore you can plan your seating accordingly.  Please note:  seating in sections 10 and 17 are reserved for University guests and are not a part of general admission.  All seats for guests of candidates are general admission and available on a first-come basis, guests are not allowed to reserve or block off seating.  If you attempt to do so, Prudential staff will enforce the policy.

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Guest Services/Accessibility

Guest Services

The Prudential Center Guest Services Staff are available to answer your questions, collect lost and found items and provide assistance to guests at various locations.

Wheelchair assistance 

If you need a wheelchair to assist you in entering the building or if you will require a wheelchair for the duration of the ceremony, you must bring your own.  Please note:  Ramps are provided for entrance through the Lafayette Street Tower located at the corner of Lafayette and Mulberry Street.

The Prudential Center has a limited number of wheelchairs made available to our guests once they have entered the building.  Outside of the Prudential Center, wheelchairs will not be available. Once inside, you can request assistance from the Prudential Center Guest Services. You do not need to reserve a wheelchair as they are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to the following steps.

  • Guests in need of assistance should be dropped off curbside near the tower entrance.
  • Guests whose student is graduating from COAD, CSLA, MTSOM or YWCC will enter via the PNC Tower.
  • Guests whose student is graduating from NCE will enter via the Lafayette Street Tower.
  • Upon entering please inform the Prudential Security Staff that you will need a wheelchair.
  • Once you have received a wheelchair, an usher will escort you and your family to the wheelchair seating area.
  • There are elevators to assist you in getting to the proper location.
  • Once the usher has brought you to your seat, they will then return to the entrance with the wheelchair to assist other guests.
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, an usher will return with a wheelchair to escort you to an exit.  The staff will need to accommodate all those they originally escorted to their seats so we ask that you please be patient as they try to get to everyone out as quickly as possible.

Sign Language Interpreter

If a candidate or guest requires a sign language interpreter they must make the request via email at by Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Assisted Listening Devices and Guest Services

Guest Services will gladly provide Assisted Listening Devices upon request.

Additional assistance:

If you are in need of additional assistance and it has not been addressed in this section please email us at by Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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Who are the Golden Highlanders?

It is an NJIT tradition to invite all alumni who have graduated from NJIT (Newark College of Engineering) 50 years ago or more to participate in the ceremony. After the degree candidates have processed, the Golden Highlanders are announced. It is one of the most memorable moments in the ceremony as they enter the arena to the sounds of cheers and applause from the candidates and their guests. We look forward to the participation of the Class of 2017 in 2067.

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What NOT to bring

Please note the following items are NOT ALLOWED in the Prudential Center:

  • Beach Balls, Silly String, Balloons

  • Large Bags, Backpacks, Briefcases

  • Coolers

  • Glass Bottles, Cans

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Thermoses

  • Pets (only service animals are permitted)

  • Aerosol Cans

  • Firearms, Knives (incl. pocket knives), Box Cutters or Weapons of any kind

  • Chains

  • Hanging Banners, Signs, Sticks, Poles

  • Laser Pointers

  • Noisemakers, Whistles, Air Horns, Bull Horns, Cow Bells

  • Fireworks

  • Clothing containing vulgar language

  • Drugs, Narcotics, Illegal Substances

  • Pepper Spray, Mace

  • Any item deemed by The Prudential Center management to be dangerous or inappropriate.

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Lodging, Restaurants and Attractions

For further information on lodging, restaurants and Newark destinations we recommend you check Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Center at

There are several hotels in the Newark area.  NJIT does not endorse any of these; they are merely provided for your convenience as they have arrangements with NJIT to offer our guests a special rate.  You must identify yourself as an affiliate of NJIT to qualify for the discount.


Hampton Inn & Suites Newark Riverwalk Hotel
100 Passaic Avenue
Harrison, NJ 07029
Phone: 800-426-7866

Please call the hotel or visit the website and mention NJIT or corporate code rate 5719216 to receive the discounted rate of $149 per night.  Rate includes the following free services: shuttle to/from Prudential Center, shuttle to/from NJIT campus, buffet breakfast, parking WiFi, and Shuttle to/from Newark Airport.

Hilton Newark Penn Station
Gateway Center
1048 Raymond Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-622-5000

NJIT Commencement guest rate: $159 per night

Best Western Plus The Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-622-1000

Please call the hotel and reference NJIT to receive the discounted rate of $109 for a single room or $125 for a double.

Courtyard Newark Downtown
858 Broad Street
Newark, NJ  07102
Phone: 866-630-0712

Please call the hotel and reference NJIT Commencement to receive the discounted rate of $139 per night.

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