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Class Day Events

Monday, June 1

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 who this year is film director Christopher Nolan.

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. Seniors go directly to the chapel in case of severe weather. 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 at Baker Rink, 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 can be found at this link.

Senior Prom

The night before Commencement, 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 after the Class Day event between Whig and Clio Halls and in the Jadwin lobby 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.

9 p.m.–midnight. Jadwin Gym. Admission for seniors and guests is by ticket only.