Calendar of Special Events

The following events require tickets for guests and, in the case of Baccalaureate, for graduates as well.  You may use either the order form enclosed in your packet or the Web site at  For Reunion events, follow the directions below.


Thursday, May 27 through Saturday, May 29

Reunions Weekend. Degree candidates and their guests are welcome and encouraged to attend Reunion 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 reunion sites. For more information visit the APGA website, email the APGA, or call (609) 258-2742. Tickets or wristbands for degree candidates and their guests may be purchased beginning Thursday (May 27) evening and throughout the weekend at APGA headquarters in Whig Hall.


Sunday, May 30

Baccalaureate Service. University Chapel. 2:00 p.m. Seating for graduate degree recipients and guests is available outside the University Chapel.  The service also can be viewed on closed-circuit television at various locations (Alexander Hall; McCormick 101; McCosh 10 and 50; and Betts Auditorium). Three tickets are allocated to each degree recipient: one for the recipient and two guests. The program includes music, prayers, and guest speaker.  A reception for graduates and their guests follows in McCosh Courtyard (adjacent to the chapel).


Monday, May 31

Deanís Brunch. Tents at Graduate College (Procter Hall in case of rain). 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For all degree recipients and their guests (children are welcome), hosted by Dean and Mrs. William B. Russel (please try to observe the same 5-person limit as for Commencement).

Parking for the Deanís Brunch
Limited parking is allowed in Lot 19 (off Springdale Road). Parking for the physically disabled only is available at the circle lot at Cleveland Tower.


Hooding Ceremony. McCarter Theatre. 5:00 p.m. For all advanced degree (Ph.D. and final master's) candidates and their guests. Admission is by ticket only (three per degree candidate for three guests).  Simulcast seating in Richardson Auditorium is available; admission is by ticket only (three per degree candidate for three guests).

The ceremony is presided over by President Shirley M. Tilghman and Dean William B. Russel. The program lasts for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. The doors will open for audience seating no earlier than 4:30 p.m.

Note: The registration deadline for those whose degrees were awarded in November 2003 and January 2004 is Friday, April 16, 2004. The deadline for those whose degrees will be awarded in June is Friday, April 30, 2004.

Master's recipients line up in the Lockwood Lobby (facing the train station).  Ph.D. recipients line up in the opposite side lobby.  Wear cap (short point in front, tassel on left front) and gown.  If you have purchased the faculty quality regalia, please carry your hood on your arm. Standard regalia hoods will be delivered directly by the University Store to McCarter Theatre.  As it will be necessary for you to remove your cap, do not pin it tightly to your hair.

Parking for the Hooding Ceremony
Limited parking for the physically disabled is available directly in front of the theatre. Limited parking is available on the side streets and at the train station lot.  


Tuesday, June 1

Commencement Ceremony 9:00 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 Gym; the change in location will be announced by 8:00 a.m. on AM radio station WHWH 1350 and FM radio station WPRB 103.3. For more information, call the Commencement Hotline at (609) 258-2330. 

Admission is by ticket only (five per degree candidate for five guests).  Tickets may be received by mail or may be picked up in 202 Nassau Hall after May 17, 2004.  The ceremony will be simulcast in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; no ticket is necessary for entrance to the simulcast site.

Formation for Commencement. 9:30 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 West College, in two 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 Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning, Master in Public Policy, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Engineering, and Master in Finance. Marshals will be available to assist you.

10:15 a.m. Guests must be seated.
10:20 a.m. Commencement procession begins.
11:00 a.m. Commencement Exercises. Students remain standing until President Tilghman sits down. Remove cap when President Tilghman does.

Conferring of Advanced Degrees. Dean Russel will ask candidates receiving various degrees to rise and remain standing until the president confers the degrees. At the conclusion of the program (approximately 12:30 p.m.), all will stand to sing a verse of "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 Cannon Green. In the event of an indoor Commencement, diplomas will be distributed in the southeast corner of Jadwin Gym.

APGA Reception. Immediately following Commencement. Maclean House. The Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) hosts a reception for graduate degree recipients and their guests. 

Parking for Commencement Activities

Campus Shuttle Service. A free shuttle service will run from Lots 20, 23, and 23A along Elm Drive on campus to Nassau Hall, and from Forbes College to Lots 20, 23, and 23A and up Elm Drive (click for map). On Baccalaureate Sunday guests may park in any of the Universityís parking lots since weekday parking restrictions do not apply. Shuttles are available approximately every half hour beginning at noon for the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Commencement on Tuesday.


          Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

If you or another member of your family needs accessible parking or any other accommodation for a disability, please contact the vice provost for administration at 609-258-6110 no later than April 30 with information about your particular needs.


          Tours and Exhibitions

Tours of the campus and University buildings, as well as exhibitions in the libraries, galleries and the art museum will be available throughout this time period. More information will be available on the Commencement website.