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2015 Graduation Events

Princeton University Commencement events scheduled for May 31-June 2

Several University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are planned for Sunday through Tuesday, May 31-June 2. Tickets are required to attend the following events, except where noted:

• The Baccalaureate service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in the University Chapel. Guests must be seated by 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Lisa P. Jackson, a 1986 graduate alumna, vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple Inc. and former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

• The Pan-African Graduation will be held at 5 p.m. May 31 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.   

• The Latino Graduation is set for 7:15 p.m. May 31 in Frick Laboratory.  

• The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, on Cannon Green. The speaker will be film director, screen writer and producer Christopher Nolan.

• The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 4.30 p.m. June 1, on Cannon Green. President Christopher L. Eisgruber will preside over the ceremony.

• The University's 268th Commencement program will begin with the academic procession at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall. Guests must be seated by 10:20 a.m. Eisgruber will preside and address the graduates.  

One graduation ceremony already has taken place: The 14th annual Lavender Graduation, sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center, was held Saturday, May 9, in the Prospect House Garden Room.   

Simulcast sites for the ceremonies are:

• Baccalaureate: McCosh Hall, Rooms 10 and 50; McCormick Hall, Room 101 (air-conditioned and accessible); Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture (air-conditioned and accessible); Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall (air-conditioned and accessible) and Dillon Gym.

• Class Day: McCormick Hall, Room 101 (air-conditioned and accessible); Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture (air-conditioned and accessible); Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall (air-conditioned and accessible); McCosh Hall Room 10 and Dillon Gym.

• Hooding: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; Dillon Gym; and Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the Hooding ceremony will be held at Richardson Auditorium and simulcast in Dillon Gym and Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall.

• Commencement: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. No tickets will be required at the simulcast site.

In addition, Baccalaureate, Class Day and Hooding will be simulcast on two big screens on Cannon Green.

Baccalaureate, Hooding and Commencement ceremonies are scheduled to be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and in Princeton on Channel 27 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 21 for Verizon FIOS subscribers. The events also are scheduled to be webcast live and archived online for later viewing on the University's Media Central site.

Detailed information about the events, including parking instructions for members of the University community and guests, is available online.

Individuals attending the University's Commencement activities can also access a mobile website that provides general information.


Martin Mbugua
Director of Media Relations
& University Spokesperson 609-258-5733 mmbugua@princeton.edu