Special Events

2019 Details

Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2

Princeton Reunions Weekend.  Degree candidates and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend Reunions events (seminars, receptions, dinners, etc.) sponsored by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) and various departments, and to socialize and enjoy the entertainment at all major Reunions sites. For more information, visit www.princeton.edu/apga or email apga@princeton.edu. Additional information and online registration for meal tickets and wristbands for degree candidates and guests will be available in April.

Sunday, June 2

Baccalaureate Service. 2 p.m. The ceremony is held in the University Chapel, where only seniors are seated. Ticketed seating for graduate degree recipients and guests is available near the chapel in simulcast locations. Please contact the Graduate School for tickets.

Monday, June 3

Doctoral Lunch.  Noon to 2 p.m., tent on Poe Field. This event is open to all Ph.D. degree recipients and their guests (children are welcome). Please observe the same five-person guest limit as for Commencement. Park in the West Garage, Lot 20, or Lot 23. Parking staff will be available to assist guests into available sections.

Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall, is presided over by President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Dean Sarah-Jane Leslie. The ceremony is for all advanced degree (Ph.D. and final master’s) candidates and their guests.  The Hooding Ceremony is a nonticketed event, and degree recipients may bring as many guests as they like to Cannon Green. Simulcast seating will be available at Dillon Gym and Richardson Auditorium. The program lasts approximately two hours.

Doctoral candidates will have the option to invite a Princeton faculty member to participate with them in Hooding. Our University chief marshal will be on hand to hood any Ph.D. candidates who will not have a faculty member participate.  The chief marhsal hoods all final master's degree candidates. Doctoral candidates are asked to invite their chosen faculty member to participate prior to registering for Hooding and Commencement events.

In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held indoors in Jadwin Gymnasium.

The location for the Hooding Ceremony will be posted on the Graduate School website on the day of the event. A final rain call will be made by 2 p.m. Please check the website regularly for updates. All University lots will be available for guest parking except Lots 8, 9 and 18, which are restricted at all times. There will be ample parking in the West Garage and Lot 23, located off Elm Drive.  A campus shuttle will be in service to transport students and their guests up and down Elm Drive until 8 p.m.

Registration deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019.

Tuesday, June 4

Commencement Ceremony. 9 a.m. Guest seating begins on the front lawn of Nassau Hall. In case of severe weather (high winds, lightning), Commencement will be held in Jadwin Gymnasium; the change in location will be announced by 8 a.m. on the University homepage that day. Admission for guests is by ticket only (5 guests per degree candidate). Tickets may be received by mail or may be picked up in Clio Hall on or after Monday, May 13, 2019, but no later than Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Formation for Commencement. 9:45 a.m. Degree candidates assemble. Candidates for advanced degrees assemble at the beginning of the procession on the walk in the rear of Nassau Hall facing Morrison Hall, in four columns (with those who wish to sit together in file rather than side by side) in the following order: Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies, Master of Science, Master of Architecture, Master in Public Affairs, Master in Public Policy, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Master in Finance. Marshals will be available to assist you.

10:20 a.m.  Guests must be seated and academic procession begins
11:00 a.m.  Commencement exercises

Students should remain standing until President Eisgruber sits down. Please remove your cap when President Eisgruber does.

Conferring of Advanced Degrees. Dean Leslie will ask candidates receiving various advanced degrees to rise and remain standing until the president confers the degrees. At the conclusion of the program (at approximately 12:30 p.m.), all will stand to sing “Old Nassau.” Remain standing, put on cap, and follow the faculty marshals onto Cannon Green.

Diplomas. Advanced degree recipients (for the June degree period only) receive diplomas on Alexander Beach (in front of Alexander Hall).

Commencement Reception. 12 p.m. Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony, celebrate the completion of your graduate degree with family and friends at a casual reception as the Office of Alumni Affairs welcomes its newest members into Princeton’s graudate alumni community. Tent on Alexander Beach (in front of Alexander Hall). Formal invitation to follow.