Graduation Check List
1. Complete an Application for Candidacy (AC)
Every graduating student must submit an Application for Candidacy (AC) to the Office of the Registrar. Further details and deadlines for submitting your AC can be found on the Registrar's website or by contacting them at [email protected].
2. Complete On-Line Exit Counseling for Financial Aid
All students who have borrowed a federal student loan (Direct Loan and Perkins) while attending Stevens Institute of Technology must complete Exit Counseling. The purpose of Exit Counseling is to explain your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower and it is a federal requirement.
Federal Direct Loan Exit Counseling must be completed online at studentloans.gov. If you borrowed a Federal Perkins loan you must also complete exit counseling separately, online with our loan servicer, Heartland ECSI. Federal Perkins Loan borrowers will be contacted by Heartland ECSI with instructions to complete the exit counseling process.
For questions concerning your student loans, exit counseling or other financial aid matters, please contact the Office of Financial Aid via phone 201.216.3400 or via email at [email protected].
3. Meet Financial Obligations
Grade reports, diplomas, transcripts and degree verifications will be withheld if any balance remains on a student’s account. Students can review their account balance and make electronic check/credit card payments through eBilling: www.stevens.edu/studentebilling. Payments by check are accepted in Student Accounts located in the Student Service Center. For questions concerning your student account information, contact the Office of Student Accounts at 201.216.3500 or [email protected].
GradFest is a campus-wide celebration for the Class of 2019, taking place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. All are welcome, admission is free, and tickets are not necessary for this annual event. Celebrate with our graduating students with free food, give-aways, photo opportunities, and live music, ending the evening with fireworks!
Commencement Ceremonies will take place at the Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive 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.
Dual Degree Recipients
If you are receiving a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree, you can walk in both ceremonies if you so wish, but we strongly recommend that you walk in your bachelor’s degree ceremony where you will be recognized as receiving dual degrees.
Each graduating student can order up to six (6) guest tickets to the commencement ceremony. Tickets will be available for online ordering after Spring Break. Every guest, no matter the age, MUST have a ticket to enter the venue. A portion of the guest ticket allotment can be used for ADA (or accessible) tickets to use for those in need of handicapped or wheelchair accessible seating.
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 Stream of Ceremony
Stevens will stream the video of the ceremony live on this website on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
Undergraduates 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 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.
Stevens will offer free bus service from campus for graduating students, as well as university faculty and staff. 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.
Academic Regalia and Pick-Up
Participants in the commencement ceremonies must wear academic regalia. This regalia (hood, cap, gown) is provided to graduating students at no charge. In addition, Stevens is happy to announce that this year's regalia will be made from 100% recycled materials. Further details will be posted here by March 1 on how to order and pick up your regalia.
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 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.
Class of 2019 Young Alumni Trustee
Each year, the Stevens Board of Trustees selects one graduating student from the undergraduate class to serve a two-year term as a Young Alumni Trustee. Anyone in the Stevens community may nominate a graduating undergraduate student for an Alumni Trustee seat, starting Monday, March 4, 2019. Eligible students may also choose to self-nominate by submitting an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 8, 2019. The name of the newly appointed representative from the Class of 2019 will be announced during the 11 a.m. Commencement Ceremony. Please download this document for further information about the position and the application process. For any further questions, please contact Ken Nilsen, Dean of Students, at [email protected] or 201-216-5699.
Class of 2019 SAA Class Leadership
The Stevens Alumni Association (or SAA) Class Leadership Program is designed to facilitate alumni engagement and encourage alumni involvement in the university community. Each graduating class is offered representation through the election of Class Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Class Fund Captain. Nominations open Monday, March 4, 2019 for the 2019 Class Officers. All nominees will be contacted to receive further details and confirm their nominations, and nominations will close on April 8, 2019. Elections will be held in mid-April online, prior to Commencement 2019. Please download this document for further information about the positions and the application process. Please contact Matthew Hunt ’17 or Olivia Schreiber ’18 with any questions.
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].