Event Tickets for Convocation
Graduates with cap & gown will be admitted without a ticket. However, all guests must have an admission ticket to enter the facility. This includes children, including infants held in arms.
NJPAC guest tickets and graduation packets will be distributed on Wednesday, April 26, at Graduation Kick Off on the University Avenue Campus, 180 University Avenue, Ackerson Hall, 3rd floor Atrium, Newark, NJ from 10am-7pm. If you are unable to attend the Graduation Salute, please contact the office of Student Services to make other arrangements to obtain your graduation packets and guest tickets.
If you or your guests require special accommodations, such as wheelchair seating, please indicate this with your online response.
Outside food and beverages are not allowed inside NJPAC. NICO Kitchen + Bar located inside of the NJPAC will begin lunch service at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are suggested; please call (973) 642-1226 or visit nicokitchenbar.com For information on additional restaurants in the NJPAC vicinity, check local listings or visit online sites such as Trip Advisor. We recommend you contact the restaurants in advance to ask about operating hours and reservation policies.
Inviting Foreign Guests to the U.S.
For Inviting Foreign Guests to Attend Your Commencement/Convocation Ceremony
- Request an official letter from your Academic Advisor that verifies your degree, major and expected graduation time.
- Write your own personal as well as formal letter addressed to the United States Consulate where your guests will apply for their visas, but send the letter to your guests. Please see the sample letter for guidance in writing your letter.
- Mail the original or email scanned copy of the two letters above to your guests. May Consulate Offices are accepting scanned invitation letters, although it is recommended that you also mail the originals to your guests. If your guests are your close family, it is also recommended to send a photocopy of your I-20/DS-2019, passport and visa to them.
- Advise your guests to prepare evidence of sufficient funding to cover their expenses during their visit in the U.S. (Note: Unless you are employed on OPT with a nice salary or you have sufficient personal funding on your bank accout, you, as an F-1/J-1 student, should not be providing financial support for your guests. If you do have the money, you should send the financial documentation to your guests with a statement that you will be covering their expenses when they are in the U.S.)
- Your guests should provide all the information above to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate when applying for their visitor visas.