All graduates—undergraduate and graduate—are welcome to participate in the main ceremony in Lions Stadium beginning at 3 p.m. The main ceremony consists of the official conferral of degrees and lasts approximately one hour. The main ceremony will take place rain or shine. Departmental/school ceremonies provide an intimate gathering where individual academic departments celebrate each student’s personal success, including the announcement of individual names.
The main ceremony is an outdoor ceremony and will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. In the event of severe weather, i.e. lightning, the Severe Weather Scenario will be implemented.
Yes, guests may view a live simulcast of the main ceremony in various indoor locations on campus.
Campus Police will direct guests to designated parking areas. Mobility-impaired guests may be dropped off at either the Trenton Hall Circle or the Green Lane entry to Lot #13 (Decker Garage). Golf carts are available to transport these guests to desired campus locations.
Tickets are not required for any commencement activities, unless you are reserving space in the accessible seating area at the main ceremony or if the college proceeds with the Severe Weather Scenario and the main ceremony is moved indoors.
The number of guests is not limited for all ceremonies, though the college plans for five guests per graduate at departmental and school ceremony locations. In the event of severe weather, two tickets per graduate will be issued for the main ceremony. See the Severe Weather Scenario.
Yes, guests are permitted to take photos/videos during the main ceremony. The college asks that guests be respectful of others and not obstruct their view of the event. Please check with your graduate’s department regarding departmental/school ceremony procedures. Photos/videos are not available for purchase through the college.
The main ceremony is an outdoor event. Guests are advised to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
Yes, on Thursday and Friday, complimentary food and drinks will be offered throughout the day at TCNJ Commencement Reception on Quimby’s Prairie.
Graduates will be seated by school on the ground level of the stadium. View / Download the main ceremony stadium diagram