Graduate Awards Ceremony

The Graduate Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 24 5th Street in Hoboken. Those receiving awards will be notified about two weeks prior to the ceremony. All are welcome, admission is free and tickets are not necessary for this ceremony. There will be a reception in Babbio Atrium following the ceremony at DeBaun Auditorium.

GradFest 2017

GradFest is a campus-wide celebration for the Class of 2017! Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. All are welcome, admission is free and tickets are not necessary for this annual event. Free food, give-aways, photo opportunities and live music to celebrate with our graduating students.

Faculty Awards and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

The Faculty Awards and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, offering special recognition for outstanding faculty and doctoral degree candidates. The ceremony is similar to commencement in that faculty and students are dressed in academic attire. This ceremony, however, is tailored as a special honor for faculty and graduating doctoral students.

Each doctoral candidate is asked to invite a faculty member to assist with the hooding. The faculty member may be the candidate’s faculty advisor or another faculty member of the candidate’s choice. If a preferred faculty member is not available, other faculty members will be on hand. Graduating doctoral students may invite their friends and family. Invitations to graduates will be sent to your Stevens email address from the Office of Graduate Student Affairs. On the day of the ceremony all students being hooded should report to EAS 329 between 3:45-4:00 p.m. and all faculty advisors, faculty award recipients, and academic administrators participating should report to EAS 222 between 3:45-4:00 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremonies will take place 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 should last approximately two and a half hours.

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets for the 11 a.m. Commencement 2017 Graduate Ceremony were available at until Friday, May 19, 2017. If you have already ordered your tickets and need to print or email them, you can still log on with your Stevens credentials to do so. Every guest MUST have a ticket to enter the venue. Graduating students do NOT need a ticket to the ceremony.

Live Video Stream of Ceremony

Stevens will stream the video of the ceremony live on this website on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, starting at 10:45 a.m. The streaming video will be available by clicking on this link.

Arrival Time

Graduates should arrive at the Meadowlands Expo Center NO LATER THAN 10 a.m. to allow time to lineup by school and, if necessary, pick up regalia. Doors open for guests at 10:00 a.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. Guests should not bring any balloons or outside food into the Expo Center.

Bus Service from Campus

Stevens is offering complimentary bus transportation for graduating students, as well as family/guests and faculty/staff.  Bus tickets can be ordered at until May 19, 2017. Each ticket is good for one 1-way trip either to or from the Meadowlands Expo Center.  Buses leave campus at 9:15am from Jonas Hall on upper campus, and will return to campus at the end of the ceremony.


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.

Academic Regalia and Pick-Up

Academic regalia (cap, gown, hood) is required to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  The deadline for ordering academic regalia has now passed, but extra sets have been ordered for those who did not order by the deadline. Whether you pre-ordered or not, academic regalia will be available for pick up at the Campus Bookstore on the first floor of the Howe Center on the following dates:

  • May 22 & 23: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (on May 23rd Ph.D. regalia can only be picked up until 3 p.m.)

Please note that you will not be able to collect your regalia without completing this survey and bringing the last page with you when you arrive to collect your regalia. If you are unable to pick up your regalia prior to Commencement Day, then it will be available at the Meadowlands Expo Center beginning at 9:00 a.m. PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY if you are picking up your regalia on May 24. If you have further questions about academic regalia, please contact the Campus Store at 201-216-5101.

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, 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 of the Graduate Ceremony can be viewed here.

A gallery of Graduate Commencement Ceremony photos is also available at Kathy Cacicedo Photography. Please use the password 'stevens2017' to access the gallery.

Diploma Distribution

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

Social Media

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.

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].