Commencement Week

There are a number of events, in preparation for commencement, that faculty and staff are invited to attend. Below are those events and specifics on each.

Graduate Awards Ceremony

The Graduate Awards Ceremony (or Provost Awards) is on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall. This ceremony is the presentation of academic awards to graduating graduate students, coordinated through the Office of Graduate Student Affairs. Department directors and award presenters are invited to attend, no RSVP necessary. After the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Babbio Atrium.

Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

The Undergraduate Awards Ceremony is on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall. This ceremony is the presentation of academic and co-curricular awards to members of the graduating senior class, coordinated through the Office of Student Life.  Department directors and award presenters are invited to attend, no RSVP necessary. After the ceremony, a reception will be held in the Babbio Atrium.

Faculty Awards & Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

This recognition event for outstanding faculty and graduating doctoral degree candidates is held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall. This event is coordinated through the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and the Provost's Office. Department directors and faculty advisors are invited to attend and participate. Academic regalia is required for those participating in the ceremony - see below for details on ordering and picking up rented regalia if you do not own your own set. Further questions can be directed to [email protected] 

GradFest 2019

The annual GradFest will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. featuring free food, live music, giveaways, photo opportunities, and ending with fireworks on the river! All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to participate, and all are welcome, including parents, students and alumni.

Commencement 2019

Commencement 2019 will take place at the Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. There will be 2 ceremonies – the Undergraduate Ceremony for all Bachelor Degree candidates will be held at 11 a.m., and the Graduate Ceremony for Ph.D. and Master's Degree candidates at 4 p.m. Each ceremony should last approximately 2.5 hours.

Academic Regalia

It is required for all faculty and staff participating in the Commencement Ceremonies and/or the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony to wear academic regalia (robes, hoods, caps/tams.)

  • Faculty and staff who own their own regalia and are participating in the ceremonies are asked to RSVP with the Office of University Events by emailing [email protected] with your name, department and school.
  • Faculty and staff who do not own their own can place an order through the Oak Hall website for a rented set of regalia. The cost of academic regalia ordered through the Oak Hall website will be assumed by Stevens, but orders must be placed by April 10th. All orders must then be picked up at the Stevens Bookstore on the first floor of the Howe Center between May 14th and May 21st, prior to the ceremonies. All rented regalia must be returned either immediately following the ceremony at the venue, or to the Stevens Bookstore by May 28, 2019.

Faculty and Staff Arrival Time

Faculty and Staff members who are walking in the procession should arrive at the Meadowlands Expo Center NO LATER THAN 45 minutes prior to the ceremony. For those arriving in the morning, a light breakfast will be available. A lunch will be served between ceremonies at the Holiday Inn/Urban Plum for those attending both ceremonies.

Meadowlands Expo Center

When you arrive at Meadowlands Expo Center (MEC), please enter through the main doors. A volunteer will be there to guide you to the Faculty/Staff Robing Room. You can leave personal belongings in the Faculty/Staff Robing Room during the ceremonies if you so wish. No ticket is necessary to enter the lobby area. Please note that outside food is not allowed at the MEC, but food will be provided before each ceremony for the Faculty/Staff. The Stevens Bookstore will be on hand, selling Stevens merchandise, and there will also be a flower merchant selling bouquets prior to each ceremony.


Meadowlands Expo Center offers complimentary parking located in parking lots near the facility. Please follow the directions of the attendants as you approach the Expo Center to park in the correct area. No parking pass is necessary for parking.

Bus Transportation

Details will soon be available regarding transportation options to and from the Meadowlands Expo Center. Be assured that buses will be available to and from campus on the day of Commencement 2019.

Family Members Graduating

Stevens has a tradition of offering faculty and staff members the opportunity to participate in the Commencement Ceremony if a family member is receiving a degree. When the graduate’s name is called, you are invited to present the diploma on stage, along with the President, Provost, or Dean. Your family will also receive VIP tickets for the ceremony.

If you would like to present the diploma to a graduating family member who will participate in one of the ceremonies on May 22, 2019, please contact us by May 1, 2019. 


If you have additional questions or issues, please contact the Office of University Events at 201.216.5111 or [email protected].