Media advisory: Princeton Commencement to be held May 31

Media representatives who wish to register for credentials for Princeton University's 2005 Commencement exercises on Tuesday, May 31, must call the University's Office of Communications no later than noon Wednesday, May 25, to request credentials.

Media credentials will be available for distribution from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 23-26, in the communications office at 22 Chambers St., Princeton. Journalists who do not pre-register and pick up credentials will be required to check in at 9 a.m. the day of the event and will be informed if they may gain admittance to the ceremony. Reserved seating is available for journalists who have registered in advance.

The Commencement program begins with the academic procession at 10:20 a.m. on the front campus on Nassau Street. Members of the media must be seated by 10:15 a.m.

To request credentials for Commencement, contact Liz Patten at (609) 258-3601.

Here is a run-down of events leading up to and including Princeton's 258th Commencement. For more information, visit the event's Web site. For media inquiries related to Baccalaureate or Class Day, contact Eric Quiñones at (609) 258-5748.

• The Baccalaureate service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in the University Chapel. The speaker will be award-winning author Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities at Princeton.

• The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday on Cannon Green (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). The speaker will be comedian Chevy Chase.

• The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday in McCarter Theatre.

• The University's 258th Commencement ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman will preside over the event and address the graduates. Several honorary degrees traditionally are conferred, but names are not announced until that day.

Admission to all events is by ticket only.

The Baccalaureate service will be simulcast on a screen outside of the chapel as well as in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; McCosh 10 and 50; McCormick 101; and Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture; tickets are required at the simulcast sites.

The Hooding ceremony will be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; tickets are required at the simulcast site.

Class Day will be simulcast in McCosh 10 and 50, and Commencement will be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; no tickets are required at these simulcast sites.

The Baccalaureate, Hooding and Commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and on Channel 27 on Princeton cable television. They also will be Webcast and will be archived for later viewing at the same site.