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Class Day Events

Monday, June 5, 2017


Phi Beta Kappa Society Induction

8:45 a.m. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall (academic gown preferred but not required). Induction will be completed in time for participation in the Class Day ceremony.


Class Day Ceremony

The Class Day ceremony is planned and presented by the members of the senior class. Although it varies from year to year, the event traditionally gives seniors an opportunity to acknowledge publicly achievements and contributions of members of the class and University community.

The program includes the awarding of various prizes to classmates, student speeches, honorary class member inductions, a review of the class history, and remarks by President  Christopher L. Eisgruber and a guest speaker.

Each senior receives four guest tickets, which may be used either for the Cannon Green site or, in the case of severe weather, for simulcast locations which are:  McCosh 10 and Dillon Gym.  Also Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture, Alexander Hall, and McCormick 101 all of which are air conditioned and accessible.  A campus map to locate these simulcast sites is at this link. In the case of severe weather, seniors assemble in the chapel.

9:30 a.m. Seniors gather in the courtyard of Dod/Brown. (In the event of rain, seniors go directly to the chapel.) Seniors wear senior jackets.

10:00 a.m. Class Day Procession. Class officers lead seniors onto Cannon Green (there is no procession for an indoor Class Day).

10:30 a.m.–noon. Class Day Ceremony. Cannon Green. (Chapel for seniors; simulcast locations for guests in case of severe weather.)


Senior Class Lunch

Approximately noon. Alexander Beach (lawn behind Alexander Hall). In the event of severe weather, Class Day box lunches will be distributed in Chancellor Green, following the ceremony.


Academic Department and Program Receptions

1:30–6 p.m. On Monday afternoon, academic departments and programs host receptions and/or special programs for seniors and their guests. This is an opportunity for guests to meet members of the department, and, during the reception, many departments present awards or recognize seniors who have done outstanding work. Refreshments are served. The schedule for these events will be posted in spring 2017.


Senior Class Step Sing

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.