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.
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.
Yes. Guests may view a live simulcast of the commencement convocation 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 unless you are reserving space in the accessible seating area at the commencement convocation.
The number of guests is not limited for all ceremonies, though the college plans for five guests per graduate at the academic ceremony locations.
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.
The commencement convocation is an outdoor event. Guests are advised to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
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.
Graduates will be seated by school on the ground level of the stadium. View stadium diagram for commencement convocation (PDF)