GradFest 2020

GradFest is a campus-wide celebration for the Class of 2020, taking place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 6:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m.  The celebration includes live music, free food, giveaways and photo opportunities across campus, ending with fireworks on the river!  All are welcome, admission is free, and tickets are not necessary for this annual event. 

Faculty Awards and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

The Faculty Awards and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, offering special recognition for outstanding faculty and doctoral degree candidates. For further information, please contact [email protected]

Commencement 2020

Commencement Ceremonies will take place at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. There will be 2 ceremonies – the Undergraduate Ceremony for all bachelor’s degree candidates will be held at 11:00 a.m., and the Graduate Ceremony for Ph.D. and master’s degree candidates at 4:00 p.m. Each ceremony should last approximately 2.5 hours.

Academic Regalia

Wearing academic regalia (robes, hoods, caps) to participate in the Commencement Ceremonies and the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony is required. Instructions for ordering your free set of regalia will be posted on this website in January 2020.

Guest Tickets

Each graduating student can order up to six (6) guest tickets to the commencement ceremony and are available for online ordering starting in March 2020. Further details will be posted at that time. 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.

Live Video Streaming of Ceremony

Both ceremonies will be live streamed, and the video can be accessed from this website on Commencement Day.

Arrival Time

Graduates should arrive at the Meadowlands Expo Center NO LATER THAN 3:00 p.m. to allow time to lineup by school. Doors open for guests at 3:00 p.m. Once you arrive at the Meadowlands Expo Center, you will be directed to the correct area, whether you are a graduate or a guest.

Please do not bring any items that you cannot carry on your person during the ceremony. There is no storage area for graduates’ personal items, and we are not responsible for items left behind or lost during the ceremony.

Bus Service from Campus

Stevens will offer free bus service from campus for graduating students, as well as university faculty and staff. Buses will leave campus at 2:00 p.m. from Jonas Hall and are first come, first served. Please note: parents, family and guests are strongly encouraged to use personal or public transportation to get to the Meadowlands Expo Center.


Meadowlands Expo Center has plenty of free parking for graduates and guests. A limited amount of handicapped parking will be available close to the Expo Center for those with the appropriate hang tags. Parking attendants will direct cars to the closest available parking area once you arrive at the Expo Center. Please note: parents, family and guests are strongly encouraged to utilize personal transportation to get to the Meadowlands Expo Center.

Photographs/Video at the Ceremony

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 a professional photographer to take several photos of each graduating student as his/her diploma is being presented. A few weeks after the ceremony, they will email proofs and ordering information to each graduate to their Stevens email address.

Diploma Distribution

Diploma Distribution is handled by the Office of the Registrar. Further information can be found on the Registrar's Graduation Information website or by contacting them at [email protected].

Questions and Communications 

All information regarding commencement will be communicated via your Stevens email account. We will not send information to any other email address. If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of University Events at 201.216.5111 or [email protected].