GradFest 2019

GradFest is a campus-wide celebration for the Class of 2019, taking place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6 p.m until 9 p.m.  The celebration includes a DJ at Walker Circle (outside of Davis Hall) and a karaoke band on Palmer Lawn, with free food, giveaways and photo opportunities in both areas, 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 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at DeBaun Auditorium, offering special recognition for outstanding faculty and doctoral degree candidates. For further information, please see our Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony Information page or contact [email protected]

Commencement 2019

Commencement Ceremonies will take place 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 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. Orders for regalia are now completed, but if you did not place an order, extra sets will be available for pick up during the dates/times listed below, along with those who placed an order.

Regalia Pick-Up

Regalia can be picked up at the Stevens Bookstore, 1st Floor of the Howe Center on the following dates/times:

  • May 20 from 9am-5pm
  • May 21 from 9am-9pm

If you would like a friend to pick up your regalia, please email the Bookstore Manager at [email protected] with your full name, your degree/school, and your friend's name. Then, your friend will have to bring proper ID and sign for your regalia when picking it up.

Guest Tickets

Each graduating student can order up to six (6) guest tickets to the commencement ceremony and are available for online ordering at Every guest, no matter the age, MUST have a ticket to enter the venue. Graduating students do NOT need a ticket. We ask that all tickets be ordered no later than Monday, May 20, 2019 at Midnight.

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. If you need more, or you have other special needs for your guests, please let us know.

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.

Live Video Streaming 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. 

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 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.

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].