Stevens graduate candidates from Summer '20, Fall '20 and Spring '21 will celebrate their commencement together in May 2021.
Graduate Commencement Ceremonies
After much research and in keeping with all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of New Jersey, we are pleased to announce that Stevens will hold a number of smaller, in-person commencement ceremonies at the Meadowlands Expo Center for the Class of 2021. The Ph.D. Hooding and Graduation Ceremony (including the Faculty Awards Ceremony) will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. The three Graduate Commencement Ceremonies for masters students will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 and divided by school and major. We will announce the which schools/majors are invited to each ceremony shortly.
Please note that Stevens will continue to follow all guidance from the State of New Jersey and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding large gatherings, wearing masks, socially distanced seating, and adhering to New Jersey travel restrictions. All of our plans are subject to change at any time based on guidance from the State of New Jersey.
If you would like to participate in the Commencement ceremonies in any way, please make sure your checklist is complete. Please note this list will increase as we get closer to the ceremony dates.
1. Complete an Application for Candidacy (AC)
The deadline has now passed, and every graduating student should have submitted an Application for Candidacy (AC) to the Office of the Registrar. For further details, please reference the Registrar's website or, to check status or address concerns that it was not received or processed, please email the Office of the Registrar immediately at [email protected].
2. Ordering Academic Regalia
Wearing academic regalia (robes, hoods, caps, tassels) to participate in the Commencement ceremonies is required. Orders for academic regalia can be placed through the Oak Hall website: stevens.shopoakhalli.com. Deadline for orders is April 20, 2021.
Once on the Oak Hall website, follow the instructions to order your FREE regalia, made out of 100% recycled materials (in just one year, we have re-used over 42,000 water bottles!) In addition, a Stevens Class of 2021 customized mask will be included in all orders, free of charge.
Regalia must be delivered to your home (you will be asked for your mailing address). Shipping charges apply to all orders (International shipping option is also available). In addition, there are other items that can be purchased for an extra cost in the accessories section. Your regalia, though, is always free. At this time, shipping estimates are 3 weeks from the order date.
PhD graduates will receive Souvenir Regalia at no charge, but have an option to upgrade to the fine quality Custom Regalia. Since many PhD graduates decide to go into higher education, they want a more quality, longer-lasting robe to use at future events. For more details on the difference between the two, please click here (please note Custom Regalia must be ordered by April 16th.)
3. Order Guest Tickets
All graduates will be allowed to invite up to 2 guests, but due to occupancy restrictions due to COVID-19, additional tickets (including tickets for faculty and staff) will not be available. Guest tickets will be distributed starting May 1st. Stevens will live-stream all ceremonies so that friends and family who cannot attend in person, can join virtually.
Gifts, Photos, and Diplomas
Class Rings and Announcements
Be part of Stevens tradition of wearing your custom Stevens class ring! You may review the variety of class ring options by visiting Balfour website. In addition, Balfour's custom Stevens graduation announcements allow you to share your achievements with friends and family. A variety of both traditional and more uniquely, customized photo announcements are available by clicking here.
Stevens is currently working with Thornton Studio Photographers on how best to manage photographs of graduating students. As soon as details are set, this website will be updated and the graduates will be emailed.
For the ceremonies, Island Photography will be taking pictures of each graduate before and after they walk across the stage. They will be in touch with each graduate on how to purchase picutres that are taken during the ceremonies.
For Friends and Family
Gifts for Graduates
International Students and Guests
International students returning to the U.S. to participate in Commencement 2021 should contact ISSS office for guidance by emailing [email protected]. If you have guests, and they require a letter of invitation, you may write an Invitation Letter. This ISSS Form Invitation Letter, and more information on how to fill out the form, can be found by visiting Step-by-Step Guide. Families are encouraged not to make non-refundable travel arrangements till further notice.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of University Events at [email protected].