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Don’t forget to order your cap and gown online by the following dates:
By March 20 for pickup at the TCNJ Grad Fair at the TCNJ Bookstore on April 26–27.
By April 21 to have your cap and gown shipped to your home (shipping and handling fees apply).
Please call the bookstore at 609.359.5056 with any questions regarding cap and gown orders.

Commencement Ceremonies

This is your time to 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.

Livestream links for those watching from home will be added the day of the events and will be live 15 minutes prior to the start time.

8:30⁠–10:30 a.m. EST

School of the Arts and Communication


11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. EST

School of Science


2:30⁠–⁠4:30 p.m. EST

School of Engineering


5:30–7:30 p.m. EST

School of Business


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 March 20 to ensure appropriate sizing and availability for pickup during the Grad Fair at the TCNJ Bookstore on April 26–27. For those students wishing to have caps and gowns delivered to your homes, please submit your request by April 21; shipping and handling fees apply. Please contact the campus bookstore at 609.359.5056 with any questions.

How do I put on my cap, gown, and hood?

Watch this short video for a quick and easy tutorial from Roscoe!

Will photos be available for purchase?

Yes, professional photos taken by an external vendor will be available for purchase following commencement. Visit Lors Photography to place your order.

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. Gold honors tassels will be available at the TCNJ Bookstore during the Grad Fair. You should exchange the blue and gold tassel that accompanies the cap and gown for the gold honors tassel.  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.

Can I bring a drone to take pictures?

For the safety of all guests, please leave your personal drones at home.

Will the bookstore be open?

Yes, the TCNJ Bookstore in Campus Town will offer extended hours during the two-day commencement celebration and will have alumni gear, diploma frames, and other gifts for grads on hand. From May 18–19, it will be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Where should I park? Where should my guests park?

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

Mobility-impaired guests may be dropped off at the Trenton Hall Circle. Golf carts are available to transport these guests to desired campus locations.

What if there is severe weather?

Commencement ceremonies will take place in Lions Stadium rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the outdoor commencement ceremonies will be held in the Recreation Center at the originally scheduled times and will be simulcast. Graduates will each have access to two tickets for their scheduled ceremony. More information will be available in late March.

Severe weather notifications will be shared via announcements on the following TCNJ platforms: the commencement website, TCNJ’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds, home.

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 Graduate Check In to line up for the graduate processional. Graduates should line up 30 minutes prior to their ceremony.

Will there be indoor viewing locations?

Yes. Guests may view live simulcasts of the commencement ceremonies at various locations on campus.

What time will the Lions Stadium gates open?

The gates will open to guests 30 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.

Do guests need tickets to attend?

Tickets are not required for the outdoor Lions Stadium ceremonies unless you are reserving space in the accessible seating area.

Is there assigned seating for guests?

There is no assigned seating; seating is first come, first served. Once guests have taken their seats, we ask that they remain seated for the duration of the program.

How many people can attend the commencement ceremonies?

We ask that graduates limit your guests to five attendees each.

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 609.771.2588 or email Dixita Malatesta.

Are bags allowed in Lions Stadium?

In accordance with Lions Stadium security guidelines, we ask that all bags, packages, and containers not exceed 12″x12”x6”. Medically necessary items will be admitted.

Are service animals allowed?

Yes, service dogs are permitted at commencement. Emotional support animals and family pets should remain at home.

What should I wear?

The commencement ceremony is an outdoor event. Guests and graduates are encouraged to dress for the weather and to wear comfortable shoes, as the bleachers and stadium turf can get hot. High heels are strongly discouraged.

Where can I meet my family after the ceremony?

Plan to meet your family/guests at the campuswide reception on Quimby’s Prairie or at an academic celebration, if your department or school announces that it is holding such a celebration after your stadium ceremony. Please contact your department/school directly for more information about those celebrations. We encourage students and their guests to determine their meetup location in advance and head directly there after the stadium ceremony.

Will the ceremonies be livestreamed?

Yes, a livestream of each ceremony will be available via a link on the college’s homepage on May 18–19 or via this website. Recordings of the ceremonies will also be available in the days following the ceremonies.

Are refreshments available on campus?

Yes, a reception on Quimby’s Prairie will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and will feature complimentary refreshments. All are welcome.

I am receiving a certificate and not a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Do I participate in commencement?

Certificate recipients do not participate in commencement but are invited to take part in a Graduate Certificate Ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. More information to follow from your department.

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

Double majors may attend more than one school ceremony if their majors are part of two schools.

Dual education majors may attend the School of Education ceremony and the school ceremony for their content area.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Special Education, and Urban Education majors who are receiving their bachelor’s degree in 2023 as part of a five-year master’s program may attend BOTH the school ceremony for their content area AND the School of Education ceremony.

Secondary Education majors will attend the school ceremony for their major and may also attend the School of Education ceremony.

How do I purchase a brick?

As a member of TCNJ’s family, you are invited to leave a lasting and unchanging legacy of your own by personalizing a brick in Alumni Grove. Bricks are available in 4×8 inch and 8×8 inch sizes and are priced at $150 and $350, respectively. Each brick order includes a free mini brick replica. Class of 2023 graduates, parents, and family receive 15% off until June 30! Orders placed by February 13 will be installed the week before commencement, and orders placed between February 14 and June 30 will be installed in the fall. Order your brick and see examples on the Alumni Brick Locator.

Can guests take photos during the ceremony?

Yes, guests are permitted to take photos/videos during the commencement ceremonies. The college asks that guests be respectful of others and not obstruct their view of the event.

How do I find my installed brick in Alumni Grove?

Bricks purchased by February 13 will be installed the week before commencement. Your mini brick replica will be mailed to you the week before commencement with instructions on viewing your brick on the Alumni Brick Locator. Orders placed between February 14 and June 30 will be installed in the fall.


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Commencement Swag

Keep the celebration going and roar with Lions Pride by displaying downloadable signs, photo frames, virtual backgrounds … the list goes on.

Be sure to share photos and videos on social media using #TCNJ2023.