Calendar of Events
Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1
Princeton Reunions Weekend. Degree candidates and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend Reunion events (seminars, receptions, dinners, etc.) sponsored by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) and various departments, and to socialize and enjoy the entertainment at all major Reunion sites. For more information visit the APGA website or e-mail the APGA. Additional information and online registration for meal tickets and wristbands for degree candidates and up to five guests will be available in April.
Sunday, June 2
Baccalaureate Service. 2 p.m. The service is held at the University Chapel where seniors are seated. Ticketed seating for graduate degree recipients and guests is available near the Chapel in simulcast locations. Please contact the Graduate School for tickets.
Monday, June 3
Dean’s Lunch. Tents at the Graduate College (Procter Hall in case of rain). 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. For all degree recipients and their guests (children are welcome), hosted by Dean and Mrs. William B. Russel (please observe the same 5-person limit as for Commencement).
Parking for the Dean’s Lunch. Parking is available in Lot 19 (off Springdale Road). Limited parking for the physically disabled is available at the circle lot at Cleveland Tower.
Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony, starting at 5 p.m. on Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall, is presided over by President Shirley M. Tilghman and Dean William B. Russel and will feature an address by Sheryl WuDunn *88. All advanced degree (Ph.D. and final master's) candidates and their guests. Marshals will be available to assist you in lining up for the processional.
The Hooding Ceremony is a non-ticketed event and degree recipients may bring as many guests as they like to Cannon Green. Air-conditioned simulcast seating will be available at Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. The program last for approximately two hours.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at McCarter Theater. Due to limited seating at McCarter, degree recipients will receive two guest tickets prior to the event. (Parking is available in Lot 19 off Springdale Road.) Simulcast seating will be available at Richardson and Dodds Auditorium for overflow from McCarter Theater. No ticket is necessary for the simulcast sites.
The location for the Hooding Ceremony will be posted on the Graduate School website the morning of the event, Monday, June 3. Please check the website regularly for updates. All University lots will be available for guest parking except Lots 6, 8, 9, 11, and 18, which are restricted at all times. There will be ample parking in the West Garage and Lot 23, located off Elm Drive. A campus shuttle will be in service to transport students and their guests up and down Elm Drive until 8 p.m.
Note: The registration deadline for those whose degrees were awarded in September 2012, November 2012, and January 2013 is Friday, April 12, 2013. The deadline for those whose degrees will be awarded in April and June 2013 is Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Tuesday, June 4
Commencement Ceremony 9 a.m. Guest seating begins on the front lawn of Nassau Hall. In case of severe weather (high winds, lightning), Commencement will be held in Jadwin Gym; the change in location will be announced by 8:00 a.m. on the University home page that day.
Admission is by ticket only (five guests per degree candidate). Tickets may be received by mail or may be picked up in 105 Clio Hall on or after Monday, May 20, 2013, but no later than Friday, May 31, 2013.
Formation for Commencement. 9:45 a.m. Degree candidates assemble. Candidates for advanced degrees assemble at the beginning of the procession on the walk in the rear of Nassau Hall facing West College, in two columns (with those who wish to sit together in file rather than side-by-side) in the following order: Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies, Master of Science, Master of Architecture, Master in Public Affairs, Master in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning, Master in Public Policy, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Master in Finance. Marshals will be available to assist you.
10:15 a.m. Guests must be seated.
10:20 a.m. Academic procession begins.
11:00 a.m. Commencement Exercises. Students remain standing until President Tilghman sits down. Remove cap when President Tilghman does.
Conferring of Advanced Degrees. Dean Russel will ask candidates receiving various degrees to rise and remain standing until the president confers the degrees. At the conclusion of the program (approximately 12:30 p.m.), all will stand to sing a verse of "Old Nassau." Remain standing, put on cap, and follow the faculty marshals onto Cannon Green.
Diplomas. Advanced degree recipients (for the June degree period only) receive diplomas on Cannon Green. In the event of an indoor Commencement, diplomas will be distributed in Jadwin Gym.
Alumni Association Commencement Reception. Celebrate this momentous occasion with family and friends at the Alumni Association's Commencement Reception immediately following the ceremony. Enjoy your first event as a member of the Alumni Association of Princeton University, and find out how to connect with this global community. All degree recipients and their guests are welcome, but a RSVP is appreciated! Maclean House.
Parking for Commencement Activities
A free shuttle service will run from the Lot 7 parking garage and Lot 23 along Elm Drive on campus to Nassau Hall, and to Commencement events through Tuesday. More information is available on the Commencement website.
Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities
If you or another member of your family needs accommodation for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 609-258-8840 as soon as possible and no later than April 30 with information about your particular needs.