Welcome to Princeton University's 268th Commencement Web pages. This information focuses on events for all seniors and advanced degree candidates and will be updated this summer 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.
Monday, May 30 [Memorial Day]
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).
Departmental receptions. Held in the afternoon. Last year's list (times tend to be the same year-to-year) is at this link: list of departmental receptions (.pdf).
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 for candidates is Alexander Hall and for guests is the Dillon Gym simulcast location).
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.