Graduate Awards Ceremony

The Graduate Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 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. A reception will follow the ceremony in Babbio Atrium.

GradFest 2018

GradFest is a campus-wide celebration for the Class of 2018, taking place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m until 7:30 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. And, at 9:00 p.m. we will celebrate the Class of 2018 with fireworks on the Hudson River! 

Faculty Awards and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony

The Faculty Awards and Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 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 3:30-4:00 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 2018

Commencement Ceremonies will take place at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. 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.

Guest Tickets

Each graduate can order up to six guest tickets for the commencement 2018 ceremony. Tickets will be available for online ordering at Every guest MUST have a ticket to enter the venue, no matter their age.

Three of the six-guest ticket allotment can be used for ADA-Accessible tickets that will be available for those in need of handicapped or wheelchair accessible seating. 

Live Video Stream of Ceremony

Stevens will stream the video of the ceremony live on this website on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, starting at 3:45 p.m. Please visit the Stevens video portal  for the live video stream.

Arrival Time

Graduates should arrive at the Meadowlands Expo Center NO LATER THAN than 3:00 p.m. to allow time to lineup by school and, if necessary, pick up regalia. 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. Please note: parents, family and guests are strongly encouraged to use personal or public transportation to get to the Meadowlands Expo Center. Buses will depart campus starting at 2:00 p.m. from Jonas Hall on upper campus and will return to campus following the ceremony. Tickets are not required.


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 Pick-Up

Academic Regalia will be available for pick up at the Campus Store on the first floor of the Howe Center on the following dates/times:

  • May 21: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 22: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for everyone except those picking up Ph.D. regalia, which can be picked up until 2 p.m.

If you did not order your academic regalia, you can still order a set at the Campus Store during one of the pickup days/times. If you are unable to pick up your regalia prior to Commencement Day, then it will be available at the Meadowlands Expo Center before the start of the ceremony. PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY if you are picking up your regalia on May 23. 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. 

Stevens has also contracted with a photographer to take pictures at all Commencement Week events (including the PhD Hooding, GradFest 2018 and the Graduate Awards Ceremony.) These pictures will be available online for free downloads about a week after the ceremonies.

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 #StevensClassof2018 #StevensGrad2018   #StevensDucks2018 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.


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].