Baccalaureate & Senior Prom
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Commencement activities start on Sunday with the Baccalaureate ceremony in the University Chapel. This University convocation begins with an academic procession of faculty, trustees, administrators and undergraduate degree candidates. The interfaith program, which lasts approximately one hour, includes music, prayers and readings from a variety of religious traditions, as well as an address by a guest speaker, Anne Holton '80.
1 p.m. Guest seating for Baccalaureate begins. The senior class is seated in the chapel. All guest seating requires tickets (three guest tickets per senior). Guest seating is available on Cannon Green near the chapel (with audio system and large-screen broadcast from inside the chapel). In case of severe weather, tickets are required for the indoor simulcast sites: McCosh 10; McCosh 50 (air conditioned); McCormick 101 (air conditioned and accessible), Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture (air conditioned and accessible), and Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall (air conditioned and accessible) and Dillon Gym. An interactive campus map is at this link. If the weather is good, there are often seats in the simulcast locations for guests without tickets.
1:15 p.m. Formation for Baccalaureate procession behind Alexander Hall. Degree candidates wear cap (short point in front, tassel on left front), gown, but no hood. Procession begins by 1:45 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Guests must be seated.
2 p.m. Baccalaureate ceremony begins.
Sunday night, 9:00 pm-midnight. Seniors celebrate with their family and friends at the Senior Prom. Bands and DJs provide a variety of music. Attire ranges from formal wear to sportswear. Families traditionally have dinner prior to the prom event. Snacks, soft drinks and water are offered at the prom. Beer and wine are available for those guests of legal drinking age who have an event wristband. Wristbands can be picked up during and after the Baccalaureate ceremony on Cannon Green (times to be determined) and during the prom. To receive a wristband you must show valid proof of age. Each senior may have five guests at the prom. Unlike all other Commencement week events, seniors need a ticket for Senior Prom. All seniors will receive six prom tickets: one for the senior and five for guests.
In hot weather (Princeton can be hot and muggy in June), Jadwin Gym can be hot, so dress accordingly. JADWIN GYM IS NOT AIR CONDITIONED. You may also wish to consider whether elderly guests or guests with disabilities may be uncomfortable in the gym if the weather is hot/muggy.