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2012 Commencement activities planned

Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5, 2012, various times Various locations

Several University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are planned for Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5. Tickets are required to attend the following events, except where noted:

  • The Baccalaureate service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in the University Chapel. Guests must be seated by 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be author and journalist Michael Lewis, a 1982 Princeton graduate.
  • The Pan-African Graduation will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 3 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The keynote speaker will be Adam Berry, a member of Princeton's Class of 2009.
  • The Latino Graduation is set for 6:15 p.m. June 3 on the Frist Campus Center South Lawn. The keynote speaker will be Peruvian diplomat Ricardo Luna, a visiting fellow in Princeton's Program in Latin American Studies.
  • The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, on Cannon Green. The speaker will be actor and comedian Steve Carell.
  • The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. June 4 on Cannon Green. President Shirley M. Tilghman and Graduate School Dean William Russel will preside over the ceremony. Syndicated columnist George Will, a 1968 Princeton graduate alumnus, will deliver an address.
  • The University's 265th Commencement ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 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 11th annual Lavender Graduation, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center, was held Saturday, May 12, in the Prospect House Garden Room.

The Pan-African and Latino graduation ceremonies are open to the public. Anyone who would like to attend the reception following the Pan-African Graduation or the dinner following the Latino Graduation must RSVP to Lisa Gloudon. Both events are sponsored by the Fields Center.

Simulcast sites for the ceremonies are:

  • Baccalaureate: Richardson Auditorium; McCormick Hall, Room 101; Betts Auditorium; and McCosh Hall, Rooms 10 and 50.
  • Class Day: McCosh Hall, Room 10; Betts Auditorium; and McCormick Hall, Room 101. No tickets will be required at the simulcast site.
  • Hooding: Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. If, due to rain, the event is held at McCarter Theater, the Hooding ceremony is scheduled to be simulcast in Dodds Auditorium and Richardson Auditorium.
  • Commencement: Richardson Auditorium. No tickets will be required at the simulcast site.

The Baccalaureate, 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 Princeton's WebMedia site. Streaming video of the events for iPhones also will be available on the WebMedia site. A final determination about potential online video archiving for Class Day 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. June 5 with supervisory approval.

Media representatives have been requested to register for credentials by 3 p.m. Friday, May 25.

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