Ramapo College’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at Prudential Center in Newark on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
Doors to Prudential Center will open at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will begin with the academic processional at 6:45 p.m.
Entry Information & Policies
TICKETS: Tickets are NOT required for entry. Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
ENTRANCES: All graduates must use the M&M’s Tower entrance, but guests may use the M&M’s Tower, Citizens Tower, or Lafayette Street entrance. (See Graduate and Guest specific information below)
SCREENING: All graduates and guests will be subject to a screening upon entry into the building.
BAG POLICY: Bags up to 12″x14″ are permitted inside Prudential Center. Anything larger, including backpacks, are not permitted, with the exception of childcare or medical bags. Permissible larger bags will be X-rayed. All bags are subject to search by Prudential Center security team members at each point of entry. Bags that do not meet these expectations must be returned to the guest’s vehicle or stored in a Prudential Center supplied locker at the guest’s expense. Lockers are located outside the M&M’s Tower and Lafayette Street entrances.
PROHIBITED ITEMS: Balloons, beach balls, and noisemakers are NOT permitted in Prudential Center. Click here for a complete listing of prohibited items.
Directions & Parking
Information on driving directions to Prudential Center, public transportation, Uber pick-up and drop off can be found on the Prudential Center’s website.
We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservations app. To reserve your parking spot, visit the Ramapo College Commencement SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.
Graduates must report to Prudential Center at 5:30 p.m. and proceed to the M&M’s Tower entrance to the building. The M&M’s Tower is located at southeast corner of the building at Mulberry Street and Lafayette Street.
Graduates should put their cap with tassel (on the right) and gown with stole on before leaving their car and bring their reader card with them.
Honor cords for honor societies, clubs, and organizations are being distributed prior to May 11, and graduates are responsible for bringing these with them. Honor cords, for graduates earning Latin Honors, may be picked up prior to the ceremony at the Barnabas Health Hockey House to the left of the M&M’s Tower.
Seating for graduates is by school (ASB, CA, HGS, SSHS, TAS). Graduates may sit with their friends and classmates within these schools. Friends should stand behind or in front of each other when lining up.
The ceremony is expected to last 3 hours. After the ceremony, graduates will be directed to exit Prudential Center via the M&M’s Tower and should plan to meet their families outside of the arena on Mulberry Street.
Your reader card is what will be used to read your name out loud as you cross the stage at Prudential Center during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Please write your name how it sounds so it can be more easily pronounced. Examples are below:
If your name is Nazli Tiyaloglu, you would write: Naz-lee Tea-al-o-glue
If your name is Gloria Jeong, you would write: Gloria Jung
If your name is Emily Melvin, you would write: Emily Melvin (no notes needed!)
Use the QR code on the front of the reader card to complete your registration before the ceremony. Do not bend, fold, or tear your reader card.
You may pick up your reader card at the Grad Fair on Thursday, April 13. Reader cards will also be available for pick up from the CSI Office April 14 through May 9. The CSI Office is open Monday through Fridays 8 a.m.-midnight, Saturdays from 4-10 p.m. and Sundays from 3-8 p.m.
Graduates are responsible for bringing their reader card with them to the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 11.
Doors to Prudential Center will open at 5:30 p.m. Guests may enter the building through any of the following 3 entrances:
Citizens Tower entrance– northeast corner of the building at Mulberry Street and Edison Place
M&M’s Tower entrance*– southeast corner of the building at Mulberry and Lafayette Streets
Lafayette Street entrance*– located on Lafayette Street
*Guests should refer to the Bag Policy above when selecting their building entrance
Prudential Center is ADA compliant. Both the Citizens and M&M’s Towers have elevators. If you need to drop off a guest, we recommend you do so outside the Citizens Tower. Handicap accessible seating is available in sections 3, 8, 19 and 22 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information on ADA services.
Concession stands will have food and beverages available for purchase. Cash will NOT be accepted. Pay with a debit or credit card using tap to pay, chip or swipe, or mobile payment, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.
The ceremony is expected to last 3 hours. After the ceremony, guests will be directed to exit Prudential Center via the Citizens Tower or Lafayette Street entrance. Please plan to meet your graduates outside of the arena on Mulberry Street.
Live Stream of the Ceremony
Can’t attend the Ceremony but want to cheer on your graduate? The entire ceremony will be streamed live. On May 11, there will be a link for viewing on the Ramapo College Commencement webpage: www.ramapo.edu/commencement