On Sunday, October 18, 2020 the ceremony for Graduate Candidates receiving Ph.D. and Masters Degrees will be held at 9:00 a.m. in a virtual format.

The Virtual Ceremony

Stevens is recreating the commencement experience online and has partnered with Stage Clip and Name Coach to help produce our virtual ceremonies. The Faculty Marshal will open the ceremony, followed by speeches from the President, Provost, and Commencement Speaker. The degrees will be officially conferred by the Emeritus Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the graduates will be presented. Finally, we end with words of wisdom from the President of the Alumni Association and the singing of the Alma Mater. The link to the virtual ceremony will be posted here when we get closer to the ceremony date.

Presentation of Graduates

Stage Clip will be emailing the graduates directly on October 1st to collect a picture (and quote, if you so wish) from all graduating students. This will be used in the graduate's slide which will be used in the Presentation of Graduates, where the graduate will virtually "walk across the stage." This picture can be in academic regalia but it is not a requirement.

In addition, Name Coach will be emailing graduates directly asking for phonetic spelling of their names and to record the pronunciation of their names. This will be used by the name reader when recording your name for the slide in the Presentation of Graduates.

Graduates will be presented by degree first, then by school, in alphabetical order. The Ph.D. candidates will first be read, in alphabetical order, and then the Masters candidates in the School of Systems & Enterprises, the School of Business, and finally the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science.

If graduates do not upload a picture or record their name, a stock photo will be used and the name reader will use standard protocols when recording the name. All members of the Class of 2020 will be included in the Presentation of Graduates.

Graduate Video Clips

Stage Clip will also be collecting short videos of each student (if you wish to participate) that will be available for all to see following the ceremony, along with the slides. These videos can also be downloaded for future use and social media and are a great way to send best wishes to the Class of 2020 and/or to thank you family and friends for their support. This is completely optional and not necessary to participate in the virtual ceremony.

Zoom and the Ceremony

Please note these ceremonies will not be using Zoom, however you and your family/friends can host a Zoom party so you can watch the ceremonies together, even though you are in different locations.

Recording of the Ceremony

The ceremony will be recorded and available for viewing/downloading on the Stevens YouTube channel. Also, Stage Clip will provide a link to their website where the slides and videos of graduates can be found. This website will be searchable by name, and videos/slides can be downloaded. That link will be posted here following the ceremony.

Academic Regalia and Programs

Regalia ordering is still available on the Oak Hall website and can be shipped directly to your home. Deadline for placing orders is Friday, September 25, 2020.

Commencement programs, including a special section on the 150th Annivesary of Stevens Institute of Technology, will by mailed to all members of the Class of 2020 in early October.


If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of University Events at [email protected].