Princeton University is celebrating the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate degree candidates during 2022 year-end events Sunday through Tuesday, May 22-24. The University also will host an on-campus Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Wednesday, May 18.
Tickets are required to attend. Events also will be live streamed on the Princeton University homepage and MediaCentral website, as well as on Facebook and YouTube. Professional photos will be posted to the University’s Commencement website in June and may be downloaded free courtesy of the University.
The following is a summary of graduation events for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates. More information for students and their guests is available on the University’s Commencement website, including directions and parking, departmental and residential college receptions, and COVID-19 guidelines for guests. Visitors attending indoor events must complete an attestation of vaccination status. An attestation is not required for outdoor events, such as ceremonies held in Princeton Stadium and on Cannon Green. The University continues to monitor public health conditions, and policies may evolve if public health or community conditions warrant a change.
Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Princeton Stadium. The event is for graduating students in the undergraduate Class of 2020 and their guests, as well as graduate alumni who received a final master’s degree or Ph.D. in the 2019-20 academic year and their guests. The University previously held a virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020 on June 1, 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Class of 2022
The Baccalaureate service is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the University Chapel. Seniors are seated inside the chapel (which is just large enough to accommodate the class). The ceremony is simulcast on large screens on Cannon Green for guest viewing. In case of rain, indoor simulcast locations near the chapel are available and are ticketed. The Baccalaureate speaker is Teach for All CEO and co-founder Wendy Kopp, Class of 1989.
The Class Day ceremony is 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 23, on Cannon Green. Guests must be seated by 10 a.m. when the senior class procession begins. In case of rain, seniors are seated in the University Chapel and guests are seated in simulcast locations near the chapel. The Class Day speaker is Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, on Cannon Green. The ceremony is for master’s and doctoral students earning their degree during the 2021-22 academic year and their guests.
Princeton’s 275th Commencement is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Princeton Stadium. The academic procession will begin at 9:40 a.m. The ceremony is for graduating students in the undergraduate Class of 2022 and their guests, as well as graduate students who received a final master’s degree or Ph.D. in the 2021-22 academic year and their guests. Seniors receive their diplomas in their residential colleges following the ceremony.
The ROTC Commissioning ceremony is 3:30 pm. Tuesday, May 24, in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall. The ceremony is for members of the Class of 2022 commissioning in the Army, Navy or Air Force ROTC, and their guests.