GradFest 2018 combines students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and guests in a celebration of our soon-to-be-graduates! GradFest 2018 will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the lawns across Stevens campus in Hoboken. Free food, picture opportunities, give-aways, and lots of fun! No RSVP or tickets necessary, and all parking lots are open for use. And, at 9:00 p.m. we will celebrate the Class of 2018 with fireworks on the Hudson River!
Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. There will be 2 ceremonies – the Undergraduate Ceremony for all bachelor’s 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 will last approximately 2.5 hours.
Participants in the undergraduate ceremony can order up to eight guest tickets; participants in the graduate ceremony can order up to six guest tickets. Tickets to the graduate commencement ceremony will be available beginning April 2, 2018, and must be ordered by the graduating student, using their Stevens credentials.
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 ceremony live on this website on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 15 minutes prior to each ceremony. Please visit the Stevens video portal for the live video stream.
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.
Stevens has also contracted with a photographer to take pictures at all Commencement Week events (including the PhD Hooding, GradFest 2018 and both awards ceremonies.) These pictures will be available online for free downloads about a week after the ceremonies, from this webpage.
All students, parents, families and faculty members can comment and submit pictures during commencement simply by posting a photo to Twitter or Instagram using #StevensClassof2018 #StevensGrad2018 #StevensDucks2018 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 are close to Stevens, including the W Hotel in Hoboken, the Sheraton in Weehawken, and the Westin, Courtyard, and Hyatt in downtown Jersey City.
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].