Family and Guest Information



GradFest combines students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and guests in a celebration of our soon-to-be-graduates! GradFest 2015 will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. on the Stevens campus in Hoboken.

Taking place In the Canavan Arena and Howe Center's Pierce Dining Hall, there will be food, live music, and the 4 schools will be represented, along with the departments from Student Development, Alumni Association, and much more. Giveaways and photo opportunities abound! All welcome, with limited parking available in the 8th Street Parking Lot.


Commencement Ceremony 2015


The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and is scheduled to last approximately 3 hours. The doors at the Prudential Center will be open for graduates at 7 a.m. (Lafayette Tower) and for family and guests at 7:30 a.m. (PNC Tower.)


Ceremony and Tickets


Tickets are required for guests to enter the Prudential Center and they are complimentary. Tickets are registered online and emailed to you to "print at home." Tickets must be shown at the door for entrance into the Prudential Center. To register for your ticket(s), please click here.

The Prudential Center reserves the right to search any and all bags. The Prudential Center strictly prohibits balloons at any of their events, including graduation ceremonies. Please do not bring gift balloons with you, otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the venue. Vendors will be selling items on the main concourse before and during the ceremony (including food, flowers, and items from the Stevens Campus Store).


Prudential Center


Prudential Center is only 3 blocks away from Penn Station, Newark, with access by NJ Transit and PATH. In addition to mass transit, there are numerous parking lots available in the area. For further details, directions, and local restaurants and hotels, please visit the Prudential Center website.


Parking Panda

Stevens Institute of Technology has partnered with Parking Panda, an online parking reservations site, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near the 2015 Commencement venue. Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking in advance. ***ADVANCE PARKING THROUGH PARKING PANDA IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.*** Parking may be purchased on the day of commencement at venues near Prudential Center. For more information on parking near Prudential Center, please visit the Prudential Center website.


Photographs/Video at the Ceremony


Photos and video may be taken from the guest seating areas. Guests will not be permitted in the graduate seating or stage areas, or in the aisles or stairways.

Stevens has contracted with a special event photographer to take several color photos of each graduating student as his/her diploma is being presented. Approximately one month after the ceremony, the studio will email proofs and ordering information to each graduate to their Stevens email address that is on file with the Registrar’s Office. Please make sure your email address is correct, otherwise there will be a delay in getting your proofs. After the event, please direct all your questions about your photos to Island Photography by phone: 1-800-869-0908 or by email


Wheelchair and Handicapped Access


All entrances to the Prudential Center are wheelchair and handicapped accessible. The Prudential Center and Stevens ushers will be available to help guests to wheelchair-appropriate viewing areas.


International Guests


If you have guests traveling from outside the U.S., and they require a letter of invitation, you may write an Invitation Letter. You can access the form at


Hotel Accommodations


Stevens has several local hotels that we have negotiated special Stevens pricing.  Stevens provides this information to assist you in locating overnight accommodations. Stevens has not inspected these hotels/motels, and this list does not imply a recommendation. For a listing of these hotels/motels, please visit the Stevens Travel Portal hotel listings page.

For hotels closer to the Prudential Center, please see their website or search for Hotels in Downtown Newark.


Local Restaurants


For restaurants close to the Prudential Center in Newark, please click here for more information. For Hoboken restaurants, there are many to choose from, such as the Elysian Café and the Madison. Please confirm that the restaurant you are interested in is open for lunch, as some local restaurants are only open for dinner.


Commencement Ceremony Live Web Stream


For guests who cannot attend the ceremony in person, Stevens will stream the ceremonies over the internet. The link will be made available on May 20th on the main Commencement home page.




For further questions, please contact the Office of Student Life at 201-216-5699 or email