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Overview of Commencement Events, 2017

Main Events

Saturday, June 3: Alumni Reunions. More information about Reunions is available online.
Sunday, June 4: Baccalaureate Ceremony; Senior Prom.
Monday, June 5: Class Day; departmental receptions; Step Sing for seniors.  Dean's lunch for doctoral degree candidates; hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates.
Tuesday, June 6: Commencement; diploma distribution in residential colleges for seniors.

Saturday, June 3

Alumni P-rade

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

Sunday, June 4

Baccalaureate Sunday Events

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 large LED screens.  Tickets are required for prime seating near the screen (each senior receives 3 guest tickets), but additional unticketed seating is available.  This year's guest speaker is Anne Holton '80.

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.  Prior registration for students is required. Graduating students can register at

6:30  p.m. Latinx Graduation celebration. Taylor Commons in the Frick Chemistry building.  This event includes an address and a buffet dinner for students involved in the Princeton Latinx community and their families.  Prior registration for graduating students is required.  Students can register at  cafcelebrations.princeton.eduTickets are required for guests (each senior receives 4 guest tickets). 

9:00 p.m. Senior Prom. Jadwin Gym (the gym is NOT air conditioned). Each senior receives 5 guest tickets. The prom ends at midnight.

Monday, June 5

Class Day/Departmental Receptions/Hooding Ceremony for Advanced Degree Candidates/Senior Class Step Sing

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.  This year's guest speaker is Academy-Award nominated film director, screenwriter and producer Baz Luhrmann.

12:00-2:00 p.m. For doctoral degree candidates, Dean's lunch 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 is at this link.

4:30 p.m.  Hooding Ceremony for advanced degree candidates. The Hooding Ceremony takes place on Cannon Green (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). Simulcast locations include Betts Auditorium at the School of Architecture (air conditioned and accessible); Dillon Gym (not air conditioned; not accesssible).

10:00 p.m. Senior Class Step Sing.  Blair Arch (Dillon Gym in case of rain).  No tickets are required.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


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).

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 locations (no tickets required): 
Cannon Green, behind Nassau Hall:  the ceremony is broadcasat to large LED screens and there is seating on the green.
Dillon Gym:  note that the gym is not accessible and is not air conditioned.
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  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 behind Alexander Hall.