Information for Families and Guests

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Commencement at PCCC

Information for Families and Guests
Commencement Date:
  January 14, 2020 (Snow date: Jan 16)
Ceremony Location:  Main Campus/Gymnasium

Ceremony starts promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Admission to Ceremony

Admission to the ceremony requires a ticket 

– Free parking is provided for all graduates and guests at the Paterson Public Parking Garage located at 125 Broadway, across the street from the College.  There is a pedestrian walkway that will bring you right into the College.  Please leave ample time for parking.

Mass transport – PCCC is accessible by mass transportation.  The Paterson Train station is one block away and NJ Transit buses serve the immediate area.

Video Cameras/Photography
Video cameras are prohibited in the gymnasium during the ceremony.
A professional photographer has been engaged to provide services at graduation. 
Each graduate will be photographed receiving his/her diploma. The photographer will contact the graduate directly about purchases.

Live Video Broadcast 
For those who cannot attend, a LIVE broadcast will take place.  Log-on to and click on the Watch The Live Broadcast Here icon to watch the events unfold as they happen. 

Security Measures

Due to increased security measures, no back packs, book bags, balloons or video cameras will be permitted on campus for the Commencement Ceremony.
Security checks at all entrances will be engaged and you are asked to cooperate fully when you arrive. Your safety is our number one concern. 

Children at Commencement
Children are welcome at the commencement ceremony; however, they cannot walk or be seated with the graduate in the ceremony.  The College does not provide child care for the ceremonies.

Commencement Reception
All graduates and their guests are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Cafeteria, Paterson Room, and Gallery of Academic Hall.