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 19, 2017 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 22, 2017 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 23, 2017 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. A reception will follow in the Babbio Atrium.
The annual GradFest will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the lawns across campus. GradFest 2017 will feature food, live music, giveaways and photo opportunities. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to participate, and all are welcome, including parents, students and alumni.
Commencement ceremonies will take place at the Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. There will be 2 ceremonies – the graduate ceremony for Ph.D. and Master's Degree candidates will be held at 11 a.m. (lasting approximately 2.5 hours), and the undergraduate ceremony for all Bachelor Degree candidates at 4 p.m. (lasting approximately 2 hours.)
Meadowlands Expo Center
When you arrive at Meadowlands Expo Center (MEC), please enter through the main doors that say VIP Entrance. A volunteer will be there to guide you to the Faculty Robing Room. You can leave personal belongings in the Faculty 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 Campus Store will be on hand, selling Stevens merchandise, and there will also be a flower merchant selling bouquets prior to each ceremony.
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, and your academic robes/regalia will be brought by the Campus Store to the conference room for robing. A lunch will be served between ceremonies for those attending both ceremonies.
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.
Stevens will offer complimentary bus transportation to and from each ceremony. The buses for the Graduate Ceremony leave campus at 9:15 a.m. from Jonas Hall on upper campus, and the buses for the Undergraduate Ceremony leave campus at 2:15 p.m. from Jonas Hall. Buses return to campus after each ceremony from the front of the Meadowlands Expo Center. If you are taking the bus, please download and print THIS TICKET. Please show the ticket to the volunteers at Jonas Hall to board the bus on the day of the ceremony.
Academic regalia is required to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. If you ordered your regalia with the Campus Store, then it will be ready for you in the Faculty Robing Room at the Meadowlands Expo Center. If you have your own, please bring it with you. If you did not order it, we will have a few extra robes that you can use. There will be staff in the Faculty Robing Room to help with gowns and with lining up for the Academic Procession.
All students, parents, families and faculty members can comment and submit pictures during commencement simply by posting a photo to Twitter or Instagram using #StevensClassof2017 #StevensGrad2017 #StevensDucks2017 OR #StevensPride. We’ll be projecting your posts on the Stevens Live Social Wall prior to each ceremony, which will be shown on the big screens at Meadowlands Expo Center.
If you have additional questions or issues, please contact the Office of University Events at 201.216.5111 or [email protected].