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2021 Arching & Commencement Ceremonies

Ramapo College will host Class of 2021 graduates and their guests for the time-honored tradition of Arching on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. The Arching Ceremony will begin at 4:15 p.m. and will be held on campus at the Arch.

The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at Prudential Center in Newark on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin with the academic processional at 8:45 a.m.

The Graduate Programs Commencement Ceremony will be held on campus in the Arena of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin with the academic processional at 5:15 p.m.

Please note: Ceremony dates and venues are subject to change as circumstances in our region change due to the pandemic. The safety of our graduates, their guests and our employees will always be a top priority for Ramapo College. The College will abide by NJ state regulations on in-person gatherings. Updates will be posted on this website and shared with graduates via their Ramapo e-mail address.


Graduation Application 

A graduation application is required to graduate from Ramapo College regardless of participation in Commencement and related events.

Click here to download the application and for step-by-step instructions.

Graduation Application Deadlines:

  • January 30, 2021 (Spring Graduates)
  • March 30, 2021 (Summer Graduates)
What is the Graduation Fee?

The graduation fee is a $100.00 non‐refundable fee assessed to all students who have filed for graduation. The fee will be added directly your bill/account. This fee covers costs associated with degree processing. It is not a fee associated with participation in Commencement, and it does not cover the cost of your regalia.

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

At Ramapo College, Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as certified and recorded on the official transcript.  Students graduate (degrees are conferred) three times per year, at the conclusion of the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion (or anticipated completion) of your degree.  Commencement Ceremonies (one for Undergraduates and one for Graduate Students) traditionally take place at the conclusion of the Spring semester only, and all January graduates and June and August graduation candidates from that year are invited to participate.  These ceremonies mark the conclusion of your academic career – a time for the Ramapo College community, along with your family and friends, to celebrate you.  Participation in one of the Commencement Ceremonies DOES NOT guarantee graduation.


Yearbook Photos

The final dates for Yearbook photos have been rescheduled to January 27-28, 2021. Students should create an account with Lors Photography and register for a session using the email they received on October 14 or 15. If you need additional help creating an account, please contact Lors Customer Service at 908.964.8200 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or e-mail If you have any additional questions, please e-mail


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