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Welcome from President Foster

There is truly no more joyous day on the academic calendar than commencement. It represents the culmination of exceptional diligence, determination, and achievement by our graduates. On behalf of The College of New Jersey, I invite you to join us as we honor all graduates, formally acclaim their educational accomplishment, and celebrate momentous opportunities to come.


Commencement at TCNJ is a two-day celebration including the commencement convocation on May 21 and the academic ceremonies occurring on both May 21 and 22. See times and locations below.

Day 1

Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • School of Business

    Recreation Center

  • Chemistry

    Education Building, Room 212

    Counselor Education and
    Educational Administration and Secondary Education

    Brower Student Center, Room 225


    Brower Student Center, Room 100

    Interactive Multimedia

    Decker Hall Social Space


    Kendall Hall Main Stage

    Regional Training Center

    Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building

    Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

  • Commencement Convocation

    Lions Stadium

    Gates Open: 11 a.m.
    Procession: Noon
    Program: 12:30–1:30 p.m.

  • African American Studies

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

    Career and Community Studies

    Education Building, Room 212

    Communication Studies

    Kendall Hall Main Stage

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Brower Student Center, Room 100


    Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building


    Brower Student Center, Room 225


    Recreation Center

Day 2

Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Biology

    Kendall Hall Main Stage


    Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building


    Recreation Center

    Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

    Public Health

    Brower Student Center, Room 100


    Education Building, Room 212

    Sociology and Anthropology

    Brower Student Center, Room 225

  • Art and Art History

    Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building

    Elementary and Early Childhood Education

    Recreation Center

    Health and Exercise Science

    Brower Student Center, Room 100

    Journalism and Professional Writing

    Education Building, Room 212

    Self-Designed Majors

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

    World Languages and Cultures

    Brower Student Center, Room 225

  • Computer Science

    Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building


    Recreation Center

    Political Science and International Studies

    Brower Student Center, Room 100

    Special Education, Language, and Literacy

    Kendall Hall Main Stage

For more information about your academic ceremony, please contact your school’s dean’s office or department office. The telephone numbers for schools and departments can be found on the Important Phone Numbers section of this website.

  • Bookstore
    Alumni gear, diplomas, frames, and more gifts for grads
  • Brick Campaign
    Class of 2020 brick purchase
  • Class Rings
    Class rings are available for order through
  • Flowers
    Flowers are available to order / pickup for graduates

You may have some questions.

Frequently asked questions about commencement are answered below.
For general event questions, please contact Conference and Event Services at 609.771.2361.

What’s the difference between the commencement convocation and the academic ceremonies?

The commencement convocation in Lions Stadium is an outdoor event featuring an academic procession; remarks by President Foster, the senior class president, and a faculty speaker chosen by the senior class; and the collective conferral of degrees. The event typically lasts about an hour.

While the commencement convocation is a wonderful TCNJ tradition, things get personal at the academic ceremonies: You’ll hear your graduate’s name announced and he or she will receive a diploma cover. You’ll have a chance to hear from and meet faculty and other students who worked closely alongside your graduate over the past several years, helping to shape their memorable TCNJ experience. These special ceremonies will take place regardless of the weather.

What if there is severe weather?

In the event of severe weather, the outdoor commencement convocation will not be held. In lieu of the convocation, prerecorded video of the president and other speakers may be incorporated into the academic ceremonies—which will take place regardless of the weather. These recordings also will be available on the TCNJ website. Severe weather notifications will be shared via announcements on the following TCNJ platforms: commencement website, Facebook page, homepage, hotline (609.637.6000), Twitter feed.

Will there be indoor viewing locations?

Yes. Guests may view a live simulcast of the commencement convocation in various indoor locations on campus.

Where do I park?

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.

Do guests need tickets to attend?

Tickets are not required unless you are reserving space in the accessible seating area at the commencement convocation.

How many people can attend the commencement convocation and/or academic ceremonies?

The number of guests is not limited for all ceremonies, though the college plans for five guests per graduate at the academic ceremony locations.

Am I allowed to take photos/videos? Does the college offer photos for purchase?

Guests are permitted to take photos/videos during the commencement convocation. 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 academic ceremony procedures. Photos/videos are not available for purchase through the college.

What should I wear?

The commencement convocation is an outdoor event. Guests are advised to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Is food available on campus?

Yes, a reception on Quimby’s Prairie will begin at 9:45 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday and will offer complimentary food and drinks throughout the day. All are welcome.

Where do graduates sit at the commencement convocation?

Graduates will be seated by school on the ground level of the stadium. View stadium diagram for commencement convocation (PDF)

Information for Graduates

Congratulations, you made it! Please see below for important info that graduates need to know about commencement convocation.