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Princeton University Commencement to be held June 3

Members of the news media who wish to attend any of Princeton University's 2014 graduation ceremonies Sunday through Tuesday, June 1-3, must contact the University's Office of Communications no later than 3 p.m. Friday, May 23, to request credentials.

Seating for media is not guaranteed for any event; however, for those who want to view the events remotely, the Hooding ceremony for the Graduate School and Commencement are scheduled to be simulcast live at sites on campus and on local TV channels. Because of space limitations, photography and filming will be limited at some of the graduation events (please see the summary of events listed below for more information).

The class of 2014 will have its Baccalaureate on Sunday, June 1, Class Day and Hooding ceremony on Monday, June 2, and Commencement on Tuesday, June 3.

To request credentials for Baccalaureate, Class Day, the Hooding ceremony or Commencement, news media must email, and provide the name, phone number and email address for each person requesting credentials, in addition to specifying the event(s) for which credentials are being requested.

Due to space limitations at Commencement, only a limited number of photographers present at the event will be granted access to the foot of the stage to take photos of the procession. If you would like to be considered for one of those slots, please indicate that in your RSVP. Photographers granted one of these slots will be notified before  Commencement. All members of the media will be able to access a photo pool of images of the procession later that afternoon at

Journalists who request credentials will receive confirmation and further instructions prior to the events.

Media credentials for all events will be available for distribution from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 29-30, in the Office of Communications at 22 Chambers St., Suite 201, Princeton. Journalists must pre-register by Friday, May 23, for each event and receive advance confirmation of attendance because seating will be extremely limited.

Confirmed journalists who do not pick up credentials on the assigned dates will not be allowed entry to the events, and reserved seating will be available only for journalists who have registered in advance.

Below is a summary of the graduation events leading up to and including Princeton's 267th Commencement. For more information, visit the Commencement website at

---The Baccalaureate service will take place at 1:40 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the University Chapel. The speaker will be Christopher P. Lu, former White House cabinet secretary and assistant to President Barack Obama and a member of Princeton's Class of 1988. Advance registration and advance pick-up of credentials is required. Media seating is in front of a large simulcast screen behind Nassau Hall on Cannon Green. Seating inside the chapel is reserved for seniors and the faculty procession. News photographers and film crews will not be permitted inside the chapel.

---The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, on Cannon Green. Advance registration and advance pick-up of credentials is required for on-site media seating for this event. The speaker will be Former Vice President Al Gore.

--- The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, June 2, on Cannon Green (Richardson Auditorium in case of severe weather). Norman Augustine, former chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University, will deliver an address. The Hooding ceremony requires credentials, so members of the media who plan to attend must specify their intent in advance.

---The Commencement program begins with the academic procession at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 3 on the front campus on Nassau Street. Members of the media who are not seated by 10 a.m. will not be allowed entry into the event. The University's 267th Commencement ceremony will take place the lawn in front of Nassau Hall (Jadwin Gym in the event of severe weather). Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber will preside over the event and address the graduates. Several honorary degrees traditionally are conferred, but names are not announced until that day. Advance registration and advance pick-up of credentials is required.

Baccalaureate, Hooding and Commencement ceremonies are scheduled to be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and in Princeton on Channel 27 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 21 for Verizon FIOS subscribers. The events also are scheduled to be webcast live and archived online for later viewing on the University's Media Central site.

The Baccalaureate ceremony will be simulcast in Dillon Gym; Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; McCormick Hall, room 101; Betts Auditorium in the Architecture Building; and McCosh Hall, rooms 10 and 50.

Class Day will be simulcast in Dillon Gym; McCosh Hall, room 10; Betts Auditorium in the Architecture Building; and McCormick Hall, room 101. No tickets will be required for the simulcast sites.

The Hooding ceremony is scheduled to be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; Dillon Gym; and Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the Hooding ceremony will be held at Richardson Auditorium and simulcast in Dillon Gym and Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall.

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

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