Baccalaureate & Step Sing
Sunday, June 2
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 who this year is Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and former chair of Princeton University's Department of Economics.
1 p.m. Guest seating for Baccalaureate begins. The senior class is seated in the chapel. All guest seating requires tickets (two guest tickets per senior). Ticketed guest seating is available both outdoors on Cannon Green near the chapel (with audio system and large-screen broadcast from inside the chapel), and in indoor simulcast sites: McCosh 10; McCosh 50 (air conditioned); McCormick 101, Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture, and Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall (all 3 locations are accessible and air conditioned). An interactive campus map is at this link. There is standing room around the chapel, and 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. The ceremony ends by about 3:15 p.m.
10 p.m. Blair Arch (Dillon Gym in case of rain). The Senior Class Step Sing has been a part of the traditional senior celebration for more than a century. It is an informal event led by seniors, in which class members and their guests participate. Songs are chosen by the senior class to reflect their Princeton experience. Class jackets are worn.