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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.

Departmental/School Ceremonies

Commencement at TCNJ is a two-day celebration including the campuswide main ceremony on May 23 and departmental/school ceremonies occurring on May 23 and 24. See times and locations below.

Day 1

Thursday, May 23, 2019

  • Business, School of

    Recreation Center

  • Biology

    Kendall Hall Main Stage


    Brower Student Center, Room 225

    Educational Administration and Secondary Education

    Education Building, Room 212


    Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall


    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

    Political Science and International Studies

    Brower Student Center, Room 100

  • Art and Art History

    Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall

    Career and Community Studies

    Education Building, Room 212

    Computer Science

    Decker Hall


    Recreation Center

    Regional Training Center

    Brower Student Center, Room 100

    Sociology and Anthropology

    Brower Student Center, Room 225

    Special Education, Language, and Literacy

    Kendall Hall Main Stage

    World Languages and Culture

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

  • Main Ceremony

    Lions Stadium

  • President's Reception

    Green Lawn and Quimby’s Prairie

Day 2

Friday, May 24, 2019

  • Communication Studies

    Brower Student Center, Room 100

    Counselor Education

    Brower Student Center, Room 225


    Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall


    Kendall Hall Main Stage


    Education Building, Room 212


    Recreation Center

    Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

  • African American Studies

    Gitenstein Library Auditorium

    Engineering and iSTEM, graduate

    Recreation Center

    Health and Exercise Science

    Brower Student Center, Room 100


    Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall

    Journalism and Professional Writing

    Education Building, Room 212

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Kendall Hall Main Stage

  • ROTC

    Trenton Hall, Room 106

  • Elementary and Early Childhood Education

    Recreation Center

    Interactive Multimedia

    Brower Student Center, Room 225

    Public Health

    Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall

    Self-Designed Major

    Education Building, Room 212

For more information about your departmental/school 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 2019 brick purchase
  • Class Rings
    Class rings are available for order through
  • Flowers
    Flowers are available to order / pick-up 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 main ceremony and the departmental/school ceremonies?

All graduates—undergraduate and graduate—are welcome to participate in the main ceremony in Lions Stadium beginning at 3 p.m. The main ceremony consists of the official conferral of degrees and lasts approximately one hour. The main ceremony will take place rain or shine. Departmental/school ceremonies provide an intimate gathering where individual academic departments celebrate each student’s personal success, including the announcement of individual names.

What if it rains?

The main ceremony is an outdoor ceremony and will take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. In the event of severe weather, i.e. lightning, the Severe Weather Scenario will be implemented.

Will there be indoor viewing locations?

Yes, guests may view a live simulcast of the main ceremony 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 for any commencement activities, unless you are reserving space in the accessible seating area at the main ceremony or if the college proceeds with the Severe Weather Scenario and the main ceremony is moved indoors.

How many people can attend the main ceremony and/or departmental/school ceremonies?

The number of guests is not limited for all ceremonies, though the college plans for five guests per graduate at departmental and school ceremony locations. In the event of severe weather, two tickets per graduate will be issued for the main ceremony. See the Severe Weather Scenario.

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

Yes, guests are permitted to take photos/videos during the main ceremony. 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 departmental/school ceremony procedures. Photos/videos are not available for purchase through the college.

What should I wear?

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

Is food available on campus?

Yes, on Thursday and Friday, complimentary food and drinks will be offered throughout the day at TCNJ Commencement Reception on Quimby’s Prairie.

Where do graduates sit at the main ceremony?

Graduates will be seated by school on the ground level of the stadium. View / Download the main ceremony stadium diagram

Information for Graduates

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

Commencement Program

This year’s ceremony had to be shortened significantly due to severe weather. These videos recreate missing portions of the program.