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Baccalaureate Sunday Events

Sunday, June 3, 2018

BACCALAUREATE and other events Sunday afternoon and early evening

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

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.  

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.  Carl A. Fields Center.  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  Tickets are required for guests (each senior receives 4 guest tickets).



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.