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Commencement events set for May 29-31

Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31, 2011, various times Various locations

Several University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are planned for Sunday through Tuesday, May 29-31:

  • The Baccalaureate service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, in the University Chapel. Guests must be seated by 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City.
  • The Pan-African Graduation will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Joshua Guild, an assistant professor of history and African American studies at Princeton, will deliver the keynote address.
  • The Latino Graduation is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, May 29, on the Frist Campus Center South Lawn. Yvette Donado, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Educational Testing Service, will deliver the keynote address.
  • The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, on Cannon Green. The speaker will be actress Brooke Shields, a 1987 Princeton alumna.
  • The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Princeton Stadium. President Shirley M. Tilghman and Graduate School Dean William Russel will preside.
  • The University's 264th Commencement ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall. Guests must be seated by 10:15 a.m. Tilghman will preside and address the graduates.

One graduation ceremony already has taken place: The 10th annual Lavender Graduation, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center, took place Saturday, May 7, in the Chancellor Green Rotunda. The ceremony celebrated the achievements of graduating undergraduate and graduate students and of faculty and staff who support the LGBT community. The event included an awards ceremony and remarks by graduating students. The Lavender Graduation was co-sponsored by the Fund for Reunion, Princeton's LGBT alumni group.

Those interested in attending the upcoming Pan-African Graduation should contact by Friday, May 20. Anyone interested in attending the Latino Graduation should contact by Friday, May 20. Both events are sponsored by the Fields Center. Admission to all other events is by ticket only.

Class Day will be simulcast in McCosh Hall, Rooms 10 and 50, and McCormick Hall, Room 101. No tickets will be required for the simulcast sites.

The Hooding ceremony is scheduled to be simulcast in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. If, due to rain, the event is held at McCarter Theatre, the Hooding ceremony is scheduled to be simulcast in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, and Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Commencement is planned to be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. No tickets will be required at the simulcast site.

The Class Day, Hooding and Commencement ceremonies are scheduled to be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and on Channel 27 on Princeton cable television. The events also are scheduled to be webcast live and archived online for later viewing on the WebMedia site. Streaming video of the events for iPhones also will be available on the WebMedia site.

A final determination about potential simulcast, online video archiving and broadcast for Baccalaureate has not been made.

Detailed information about the events, including parking instructions for members of the University community and guests, is available online.

Individuals attending the University's Commencement activities will have access to a mobile website -- -- that provides general information.

To ease traffic congestion, some University employees are being asked to park in alternate lots on Tuesday. In addition, employees who do not perform essential services for Commencement will be permitted to leave work at 2 p.m. Tuesday with supervisory approval.

Media representatives have been requested to register for credentials by noon Monday, May 23.

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