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Commencement Ceremonies

This is your time to return to campus and celebrate with your classmates, hear from both the president and your dean, have your degree conferred, and walk across the stage in Lions Stadium as your name is called. You may bring a maximum of four guests with you to the ceremony. Guest tickets will be mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the ceremony at your official address listed in the PAWS system. Graduates will check in on C Street (between Lions Stadium and the Recreation Center) 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to line up for the graduate processional. At this time, you will also receive a card with your name to hand to our name reader during the ceremony.

Please be sure to read through this website prior to the event for important information on health and safety protocols, livestream links, parking, and more.

Don’t forget to order your cap and gown online no later than April 28. Please call the campus bookstore at 609.359.5056 with any questions regarding academic regalia.

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Event Photography

Graduates may each download a photo at no charge (compliments of the Class of 2021). To do so, please visit the link below and click on the down arrow next to the "buy" button. Additional photos are available for purchase.

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Recorded video of the commencement ceremonies will be available for 30 days after the recorded date and can be accessed by visiting the links below.

All ceremonies will be held in Lions Stadium.

8:30⁠–⁠10 a.m. EST

School of Humanities and Social Sciences | 1 of 3


11:00 a.m.⁠–⁠12:30 p.m. EST

School of Humanities and Social Sciences | 2 of 3

African American Studies
English | Undergraduate and Graduate
Self-Designed Majors
Sociology and Anthropology
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1:30⁠–⁠3:00 p.m. EST

School of Humanities and Social Sciences | 3 of 3

Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies
Political Science and International Studies
World Languages and Cultures

4:00⁠–⁠5:30 p.m. EST

School of Education | 1 of 2

Career and Community Studies
Elementary and Early Childhood Education | Undergraduate and Graduate

6:30⁠–⁠8 p.m. EST

School of Education | 2 of 2

Counselor Education and Educational Administration and Secondary Education | Graduate
Special Education, Language, and Literacy | Graduate
Regional Training Center | Graduate
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
Speech Pathology and Audiology

You have questions, and we have answers.

How do I get my cap and gown?

Graduates must submit the cap and gown order form online no later than April 28 to ensure appropriate sizing and on-time delivery. All regalia will be mailed to you prior to commencement. Please contact the campus bookstore at 609.359.5056 with any questions.

I am graduating with honors. Will I be provided an honor cord to wear with my cap and gown?

Cords are not distributed for Latin honors. Your honors will be printed on your diploma, which you will receive in the mail after final grades are processed. If you are part of any honor societies, please contact them directly regarding obtaining honor cords and whether they provide them or offer them for purchase.

Where should I park? Where should my guests park?

Please follow campus signage and directions from Campus Police to designated parking areas.

Where should I go when I arrive on campus?

All graduates should head to C Street (the road between Lions Stadium and the Recreation Center) to line up for the graduate processional.

How will I obtain my tickets?

Tickets will be mailed to graduates two weeks prior to the ceremony. Graduates are responsible for ensuring only four guests per graduate attend their ceremony. To ensure compliance with state capacity limits, additional tickets will not be available. Other family and friends are asked to watch the event livestream from home.

Will additional guest tickets be available?

To ensure compliance with state capacity limits, each graduate is limited to four guest tickets. Additional guests cannot be accommodated on campus and are asked to watch the event livestream from home.

What time will the Lions Stadium gates open?

The gates will open to guests 15 minutes prior to each ceremony. Guests are asked not to congregate outside of the stadium and to wait until the gates are open to enter.

Is there assigned seating for guests?

There is not assigned seating, but guests are limited to areas marked as guest seating in the “home” section of the stadium bleachers. Once your guests have taken their seats, they must remain seated for the duration of the program.

Will the stadium seats be cleaned between ceremonies?

Yes, the school ceremonies have been staggered to allow staff to sanitize the seats between sessions. Seating areas will be treated with electrostatic sprayers to ensure optimum sanitization. We appreciate your patience and ask that guests not attempt to enter the stadium until 15 minutes before each session.

What arrangements are in place for guests who require accessible seating?

Guests in need of accessible seating can be dropped off at Trenton Hall, where golf carts with drivers will provide transportation to Lions Stadium. Graduates may complete the Accessible Seating Form to request guest tickets to the accessible seating area. Questions? Call 609.771.3077 or email Alanna Gutchigian, manager of conference and event services.

What COVID-19 guidelines do my guests and I need to follow?

Everyone planning to come to campus must complete a mandatory self-checkup the day of your visit, and only those who receive a resulting “all clear” pass will be permitted to attend the ceremony. Guests must show the “all clear” message upon entering the stadium and must follow proper physical distancing guidelines indoors and out. Consistent with Executive Order No. 241, issued by Gov. Murphy May 17, the wearing of masks outdoors at this week's commencement ceremonies is optional. Please note that masks are still mandatory indoors.

Will I be required to take a COVID-19 test before coming to campus for commencement?

No, you are not required to take a COVID-19 test before arriving. However, we ask that you please complete the mandatory self-checkup on the day of your visit.

Will the ceremonies be livestreamed?

Yes, a livestream of each ceremony will be available via a link on the college’s homepage on May 19–21 or via this website. Recordings of the ceremonies will also be available in the days following the ceremonies.

I am a double major. Which ceremony should I attend?

To accommodate all students at the on-campus commencement ceremonies with state occupancy guidelines in mind, students with double majors will attend one ceremony:

  • Dual education majors in Early Education, Elementary Education, Speech Pathology/Audiology, and Urban Education will attend a School of Education ceremony.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Special Education majors who are receiving their bachelor’s degree in 2021 as part of a five-year master’s program will attend their content area ceremony.
  • Secondary education majors will attend their content area ceremony.
  • Non-education double majors whose majors are split between different ceremonies will receive a message requiring them to select one ceremony to attend.

Can guests take photos during the ceremony?

Yes, guests may take photos during the ceremony but may not leave their seats to do so.

Will photos be available for purchase?

Yes, the college will have a professional photographer on hand, and photos will be available for purchase online following the ceremony.

Will any restrooms be available?

Yes, both a men’s and women’s restroom will be available at each end of Lions Stadium.

Will flowers or balloons be available for purchase at the ceremony?

No, flowers and balloons will not be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own, provided they do not obstruct the view of the ceremony for other guests.

Will food and beverage be available for purchase?

No, while complimentary bottled water will be distributed to guests and graduates, additional refreshments will not be available for purchase on campus.

Will the bookstore be open?

Yes, the TCNJ bookstore in Campus Town will offer extended hours during the three-day commencement celebration. From May 19-21, it will be open 7:45 a.m.-7 p.m.


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