GradFest 2019 combines students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and guests in a celebration of our soon-to-be-graduates! GradFest 2019 will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include free food, picture opportunities, give-aways, and end with fireworks on the river! A live band on Palmer Lawn and a DJ on Walker Circle will keep the party going across campus, and the Stevens Bookstore will be open for last minute gifts. No RSVP or tickets necessary, and all parking lots are open for use.
Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. 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.
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 Bookstore 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.
Each graduating student can order up to six (6) guest tickets to the commencement ceremony. Every guest, no matter the age, MUST have a ticket to enter the venue. Two of the six guest ticket allotment can be used for ADA-Accessible tickets, available for those in need of handicapped or wheelchair accessible seating.
Please note that if you would like additional tickets, guest tickets are transferable from student to student. If a graduating student is not using all of their tickets, or not walking in the ceremony, they can foward their guest tickets to someone else. We suggest talking to your classmates for extra tickets. The Office of University Events does not have any extra tickets to distribute to either ceremony.
Live Video Stream of Ceremony
For those who cannot attend, Stevens will live video stream each ceremony. Click here on the day of the ceremony to watch the broadcast from your personal computer or hand-held device.
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.
Buses from Campus
Stevens will offer free bus service from campus for graduating students, as well as limited space for faculty, staff and families. Buses will leave campus at 9:15 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m from Jonas Hall and are first come, first served.
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, in the aisles, or on the stage.
Stevens has contracted with Island Photography to take several photos of each graduating student as his/her diploma is being presented. A few weeks after the ceremony, Island will email proofs and ordering information to each graduate to their Stevens email address.
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].