Overview of Commencement Events, 2014
Saturday, May 31: Alumni Reunions. More information about Reunions is available online.
Sunday, June 1: Baccalaureate Ceremony
Monday, June 2: Class Day, Departmental Receptions; advanced degree candidates' hooding ceremony
Tuesday, June 3: Commencement and diploma distribution in residential colleges
Saturday, May 31
2 p.m. Route: Front of Nassau Hall, down Elm Drive, ending on Poe-Pardee Field
Sunday, June 1
Baccalaureate Ceremony/Step Sing
1:15 p.m. Seniors form the procession for Baccalaureate on Alexander Beach and prepare to process to the University chapel. The route of the procession is along the walkway between Cannon Green and Nassau Hall, through East Pyne courtyard, to the chapel.
1:30 p.m. Guests must be seated for Baccalaureate ceremony. The ceremony is held in the University chapel where seniors are seated. Guest seating is located on Cannon Green, where the ceremony is broadcast on a large LED screen. Tickets are required for prime seating near the screen (each senior receives 2 guest tickets), but additional unticketed seating is available.
Indoor simulcast sites for Baccalaureate include: McCormick 101, Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture, and Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall--all are air conditioned and have the easiest access for guests with disabilities; McCosh 10; McCosh 50. Dillon Gym is also available. A campus map to locate these sites is at this link.
1:40 p.m. Baccalaureate procession begins.
5:30-7:00 p.m. Pan African graduation celebration. Participation in the ceremony is open to students whose identity is related to the Pan-African diaspora. Guests of students and members of the University community are invited to attend.
6:15 p.m. Latino Graduation. Carl Fields Center. This event includes an address and a buffet dinner for students involved in the Princeton Latino community and their families. Prior registration is required. Please go to this link for more information: Carl Fields Center.
Monday, June 2
Class Day/Departmental Receptions/Hooding Ceremony for Advanced Degree Candidates
9:30 a.m. Seniors assemble for Class Day held on Cannon Green (or in Jadwin Gym in the case of severe weather).
10:00 a.m. Class Day procession begins (from the Brown-Dod courtyard; no procession if Class Day is held in Jadwin Gym).
10:30 a.m. Ceremony begins. Each senior receives 4 guest tickets. Simulcast sites for Class Day held on Cannon Green include: McCormick 101 and Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture which are both air conditioned and are easy to access for guests with disabilities; McCosh 10. Dillon Gym, not air conditioned or accessible, is also available. No tickets are required for the simulcast sites. A campus map to locate these sites is at this link.
12:00-2:00 p.m. For advanced degree candidates, Dean's brunch at the Graduate College.
12:30 p.m. Senior class luncheon (immediately following the ceremony). Alexander Beach (or Dillon Gym if Class Day is outside but followed by severe weather). If Class Day is in Jadwin Gym because of severe weather, box lunches can be picked up at DeNunzio Pool, next to Jadwin Gym.
1:30–6 p.m. Departmental Receptions. Schedules at this link.
5:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony for Advanced Degree Candidates. Cannon Green if weather permits, and no tickets are required. McCarter Theatre is the rain location; tickets ARE required for the rain location.
Tuesday, June 3
9:45 a.m. Seniors assemble between Nassau Hall and Cannon Green to process to the front lawn of Nassau Hall where the ceremony takes place (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather).
10:20 a.m. Guests must be seated for Commencement Exercises. Seating for guests in front of Nassau Hall (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). Tickets required either location. Each senior or advanced degree candidate may receive 5 guest tickets.
Simulcast site: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. No tickets required. This is the best option for guests who do not have tickets and is more comfortable than front campus for guests with disabilities or who may be uncomfortable because of the weather (Alexander Hall is accessible and is air conditioned; it is adjacent to the outdoor site).
10:30 a.m. Procession begins.
12:30 p.m. Exercises concluded; seniors receive diplomas in residential colleges at receptions immediately following Commencement exercises. (June advanced degree candidates receive diplomas on Cannon Green.)