Congratulations Class of 2016!

The Kean University Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Prudential Center

The procession will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Your commencement exercises will include graduates from January and candidates who have filed for graduation in May and August. As a celebration of your academic achievements, commencement is a formal event planned with you, your family and the Kean faculty in mind. Please pay particular attention to the instructions, as many past practices will no longer apply. The success of commencement will depend upon your individual cooperation.

Graduate Arrival Time

Please arrive no later than 7 a.m. with your cap, gown and reader card and proceed to the Lafayette Tower entrance to prepare for your processional lineup. The procession will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
There, you will be directed by the Kean University commencement marshals, who will be wearing blue robes. They will direct the lineup, which will begin promptly at 7 a.m. No guests will be allowed in the lineup area.

The train is an alternative for those who don't wish to drive. Newark Penn Station is only one stop from the Union Station and is walking distance to the Prudential Center. Click here for a train schedule.

Commencement Speaker

Caps & Gowns

The deadline to complete and receive a confirmation number for your cap and gown order is March 29, 2016. Be sure to include your specific degree information and your major. Click here for more information.

Graduate Line Up

Tickets Information

Each graduating student will be given six (6) tickets for guest seating in the Prudential Center. Tickets will be required. This policy ensures that every graduate will have 6 seats for guests. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students will receive a ticket voucher when you pick up your cap and gown in the Miron Student Center, Room 228. This ticket voucher must be turned in at the Little Theatre to retrieve your six (6) guest tickets. Click here to see more tickets information.

Graduate Entrance

Graduating students must enter Lafayette Tower - located at the Southeast corner of the building at Mulberry and Lafayette.

Guest Entrance

Guests must enter either the PNC Bank Tower - located at the Northeast corner of the building at Mulberry and Edison Place, or the Lafayette Tower - located at the Southeast corner of the building at Mulberry and Lafayette, or the Lafayette Street Entrance - located on Lafayette Street.


Use #Kean2016 on your graduation-related pictures, tweets and posts to have them featured on the big screen in the Prudential Center area.

Graduation Survey