GradFest 2017 combines students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and guests in a celebration of our soon-to-be-graduates! GradFest 2017 will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the lawns across Stevens campus in Hoboken. Two live bands, free food, picture opportunities, give-aways, and lots of fun! No RSVP or tickets necessary, and all parking lots are open for use.
Commencement Ceremonies 2017
Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center 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., and the undergraduate ceremony for all bachelor’s degree candidates at 4 p.m. The Graduate Ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours, and the Undergraduate Ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.
Participants in the graduate ceremony can order up to five guest tickets; participants in the undergraduate ceremony can order up to eight guest tickets. Every guest MUST have a ticket to enter the venue, no matter their age or designation.
The doors open at the Expo Center 1 hour prior to each ceremony. Refreshments and flowers will be on sale before each ceremony, and the Stevens Campus Store will be selling Stevens memorabilia and gifts in the lobby. Balloons and outside food and drink are prohibited. Further information on the Meadowlands Expo Center can be found at mecexpo.com along with local hotels and restaurants.
Live Video Stream of Ceremony
Stevens will stream the video of the ceremony live on this website on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The link to the streaming video will be posted here on this website before Wednesday.
Meadowlands Expo Center has plenty of free parking for graduates and guests. A limited amount of handicapped parking spots will be available near the building for those with proper hang tags. Parking attendants will direct cars to the closest available parking area once you arrive at the Expo Center.
Wheelchair and Handicapped Access
Meadowlands Expo Center is handicapped and wheelchair accessible. A limited amount of handicapped parking spots will be available near the building for those with proper hang tags. Parking attendants will direct cars appropriately. A portion of the commencement ceremony guest ticket allotment can be used for accessibility tickets that will be available for those in need of handicapped and wheelchair accessible seating.
Since graduates will have received their academic regalia in advance, we suggest having photographs taken prior to arrival. Guests may take photos and video from the guest seating areas at Meadowlands Expo Center, but guests will not be permitted in the graduate seating area, stage or aisles.
Stevens has contracted with Island Photography 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. Photos from the Graduate Ceremony can be viewed here and those from the Undergraduate Ceremony can be viewed here.
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 guests traveling from outside the U.S., and they require a letter of invitation, you may write an Invitation Letter. ISS Form Invitation Letter. More information can be found in our Step-by-Step Guide to inviting friends and family to visit you in the U.S.
There are several local hotels that feature special pricing for Stevens guests. For a listing of these hotels/motels, please visit campustravel.com. Please note that Stevens has not inspected these hotels/motels, and this list does not necessarily imply a recommendation.
For hotels closer to the Meadowlands Expo Center, please visit mecexpo.com/hotels or search for hotels in Secaucus.
For restaurants close to the Meadowlands Expo Center, please visit mecexpo.com/restaurants for more information. There are multiple restaurants within walking distance from the Expo Center. For Hoboken restaurants, there are many to choose from, such as the Elysian Café, Court Street, Amanda’s and the Madison. Reservations are suggested (if possible) due to the expected crowds at Hoboken restaurants on Commencement Day.
For further questions, please contact the Office of University Events at 201.216.5111 or email [email protected].