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A celebration of pride

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. We look forward to celebrating you with your family and friends and to welcoming you to the ranks of our distinguished alumni.

Schedule

Schedule

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.

Download the 2024 TCNJ commencement program (PDF)


8:30⁠–⁠10:30 a.m. EST

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate

11:30 ⁠a.m.–⁠1:30 p.m. EST

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate

FAQ

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You have questions, and we have answers.

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How do I get my cap and gown?

Please contact the campus bookstore at 609.359.5056 with any questions.

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

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

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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. Please visit the campus bookstore to exchange the blue and gold tassel that accompanies the cap and gown for the gold honor 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 will need to complete an Accessible Seating Form to request guest tickets to the accessible seating area.

We recommend that graduates whose guests require American Sign Language interpretation request seating by completing the Accessible Seating Form.

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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.

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Are service animals allowed?

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

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Will the ceremonies be livestreamed?

Yes, a livestream of each ceremony will be available via a link on the college’s homepage on May 16–17 or via this website. Recordings of the ceremonies will also be available in the days following the ceremonies.

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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 2024 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.

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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.

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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.

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Can I bring a drone to take pictures?

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

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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. On May 16–17, it will be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

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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. Graduates are each allotted two guest tickets for their designated indoor ceremony and must go online to request their severe weather tickets in advance. View instructions on ordering your severe weather tickets.

While additional tickets are unavailable due to building capacity, guests without severe weather tickets may view a simulcast of the ceremony in Mayo Concert Hall in the Music Building.  Ceremonies will also be livestreamed on the commencement website.

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

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Will there be indoor viewing locations?

Yes. Guests may view live simulcasts of the commencement ceremonies in Mayo Concert Hall in the Music Building.

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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.

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How many people can attend the commencement ceremonies?

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

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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.

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Where can I meet my family after the ceremony?

Plan to meet your family/guests at the campus wide reception in the Brower Student Center 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.

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Is food available on campus?

Yes, a reception in the Brower Student Center will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and will feature complimentary refreshments. All are welcome!

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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 10, at 6 p.m. More information will follow from your department.

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How do I purchase a commemorative brick?

Show some Lions love by ordering a personalized brick in Alumni Grove. Bricks are available in two sizes: 4”x8” ($160) and 8”x8” ($370). Each brick order includes a keepsake mini brick. Class of 2024 graduates and families receive 15% off until June 30, making the discounted prices $136 and $314.50, respectively.

If you placed a brick order before February 16, your brick will be installed by commencement. You can pick up your mini brick at commencement or have it have it mailed. Bricks ordered February 17–June 30 will be installed in the fall, with mini brick replicas sent by mail.

Bricks are tax-deductible with proceeds benefiting the TCNJ Alumni Association.

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How do I find my installed commemorative brick?

If you purchased a brick by February 16, it will be installed in Alumni Grove (between the R. Barbara Gitenstein Library and Eickhoff Hall) in time for commencement. Bricks ordered February 17–June 30 will be installed in the fall. Find your installed brick easily via the Alumni Brick Locator.

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Will there be a printed program?

In an effort to be fiscally and environmentally sustainable, we are transitioning to a digital-only commencement program on May 16–17. Download the digital program book, which contains a full list of graduates’ names, by scanning the QR code displayed at the stadium during commencement or by visiting the commencement website beginning May 16.

If you would like a printed version, you can order a keepsake commencement program online for $6 (including shipping). Programs will print and ship over the summer to ensure the most accurate list of graduates; we anticipate a mid-July ship date.

Those who attend a school-specific commencement ceremony in Lions Stadium will receive a one-page printed schedule of events.

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Downloads

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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 #TCNJ2024.

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