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Overview of Commencement Events, 2015

Main Events

Saturday, May 30: Alumni Reunions. More information about Reunions is available online.
Sunday, May 31: Baccalaureate Ceremony; Step Sing for seniors
Monday, June 1: Class Day; Departmental Reception; prom for seniors.  Dean's brunch and hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates
Tuesday, June 2: Commencement; diploma distribution in residential colleges for seniors

Saturday, May 30

Alumni P-rade

2 p.m. Route: Front of Nassau Hall, down Elm Drive, ending on Poe-Pardee Field

Sunday, May 31

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 3 guest tickets), but additional unticketed seating is available. This year's speaker is Graduate School alumna and University Trustee Lisa Jackson *86.

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.

5:00 p.m. Pan African graduation celebration.  Richardson auditorium.  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.  

7:15 p.m. Latino Graduation celebration.  Taylor commons, Frick Laboratory.  This event includes an address and a buffet dinner for students involved in the Princeton Latino community and their families.  Prior registration is required. 

Monday, June 1

Class Day/Departmental Receptions/Hooding Ceremony for Advanced Degree Candidates

9:30 a.m. Seniors assemble for Class Day held on Cannon Green.

10:00 a.m. Class Day procession begins (from the Brown-Dod courtyard).

10:30 a.m. Ceremony begins.  Each senior receives 4 guest tickets. In the event of severe weather, seniors assemble in the chapel and guests are directed to simulcast sites which include:  McCormick 101, Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture, and Alexander Hall which are air conditioned and are easy to access for guests with disabilities; McCosh 10.  Dillon Gym, not air conditioned or accessible, is also available. 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 Baker Rink in case of severe weather). 

1:30–6 p.m. Departmental Receptions.  The schedule for these events can be found at this link.

4:30 p.m.  Hooding Ceremony for Advanced Degree Candidates. Cannon Green if weather permits, and no tickets are required. Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall is the rain location for advanced degree candidates; Dillon Gym is the rain location for guests.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


9:45 a.m. Advanced degree candidates assemble on the walkway by Clio Hall, in between West College and Cannon Green, facing Nassau Street.  Seniors assemble on the walkway between Nassau Hall and Cannon Green facing West College to process to the front lawn of Nassau Hall where the ceremony takes place (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather; assemble at the south end of the gym, on the track).

10:20 a.m. Guests must be seated for Commencement Exercises. Each senior receives 5 guest tickets.  Seating for guests is in front of Nassau Hall (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather).  Tickets are required for either location. 

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 end; seniors receive diplomas in residential colleges at receptions immediately following Commencement exercises. June advanced degree candidates receive diplomas on Cannon Green.