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Commencement 2016

Welcome to Princeton University's 269th Commencement Web pages. This information focuses on events for all seniors and advanced degree candidates and will be updated throughout the year.  Please check with your student about activities that he or she is involved with and that might be planning special events around commencement. Key event dates for 2016 are:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baccalaureate. 2 p.m. Held in the Chapel with seating for guests in simulcast locations near the Chapel, this interfaith service features a guest speaker who this year is legal scholar Randall Kennedy '77. 

Senior Prom. 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  Jadwin Gym.  Each senior receives 5 guest tickets

Monday, May 30 [Memorial Day]

For seniors
Class Day. 10:30 a.m. This event is focused on the senior class and includes a guest speaker. If weather permits, it is held on Cannon Green with a picnic lunch to follow (in the event of severe weather, seniors will assemble in the chapel and guests in simulcast locations including Dillon Gym and Alexander Hall).  This year's speaker is novelist Jodi Picoult '87.
Departmental receptions. Held in the afternoon. A list of departmental and program events, times and locations can be found at this link
Senior Class Step Sing.  10:00 p.m.  Blair arch on the steps of Blair Hall (or Dillon Gym in case of rain).  No tickets are required and guests may attend.

For advanced degree candidates
Dean's brunch. Noon, Held at the Graduate College.
Hooding Ceremony. 4:30p.m., on Cannon Green, weather permitting (rain location is Jadwin Gym). 

Tuesday, May 31

Commencement. 11:00 a.m. (guests must be seated by 10:20 a.m.). Granting of degrees and address by President Eisgruber. Distribution of diplomas in the Residential Colleges for seniors follows.

PICTURES OF ALL COMMENCEMENT EVENTS: Professional photos from University photographers from can be viewed at the Graduation Pictures site.

All events are webcast live at Media Central Live, and selected events will be archived under Events & Performances.

Previous Commencements

Professional photos from University photographers from can be viewed at the Graduation Pictures site. Videos can be found at Media Central: Events & Performances.