Family and Guest Information


GradFest 2016 combines students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and guests in a celebration of our soon-to-be-graduates! GradFest 2016 will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 starting at 5:30 PM on the Stevens campus in Hoboken. Further information will be posted here when we get closer to the date.


Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. There will be 2 ceremonies – the graduate ceremony for Ph.D. and master’s degree candidates will be held at 11 AM, and the undergraduate ceremony for all bachelor’s degree candidates at 3 PM.

Each graduate student will be allowed up to 4 tickets per student for guests, and undergraduate student will be allowed up to 6 tickets per student for their guests. Tickets will be distributed electronically starting on March 1, 2016. Further information will be posted on this website on how the graduates will be able to receive their tickets. Every guest MUST have a ticket to enter the venue.


The doors open at the Expo Center 45 minutes prior to each ceremony. Every guest MUST have a ticket to enter. Refreshments and flowers will be on sale before each ceremony, and the Stevens Campus Store will be selling Stevens memorabilia and gifts in the front lobby. Balloons and outside food and drink are prohibited. Further information on the Meadowlands Expo Center can be found at along with local hotels and restaurants.


Meadowlands Expo Center has plenty of free parking for graduates and guests. A limited amount of handicapped parking spots will be available near the building for those with proper hang tags. Parking attendants will direct cars to the closest available parking area once you arrive at the Expo Center.


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 a special event photographer 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. After the event, please direct all your questions about your photos by phone: 1-800-869-0908 or by email: [email protected].


Meadowlands Expo Center is handicapped and wheelchair accessible. A limited amount of handicapped parking spots will be available near the building for those with proper hang tags. Parking attendants will direct cars appropriately.


If you have guests traveling from outside the U.S., and they require a letter of invitation, you may write an Invitation Letter. You can access the form at


There are several local hotels that feature special pricing for Stevens guests. For a listing of these hotels/motels, please visit campustravel. Please note that Stevens has not inspected these hotels/motels, and this list does not necessarily imply a recommendation.

For hotels closer to the Meadowlands Expo Center, please visit or search for hotels in Secaucus.


For restaurants close to the Meadowlands Expo Center, please visit for more information. There are multiple restaurants within walking distance from the Expo Center. For Hoboken restaurants, there are many to choose from, such as the Elysian Café, Court Street, Amanda’s and the Madison. Reservations are suggested (if possible) due to the expected crowds at Hoboken restaurants on Commencement Day.


For guests who cannot attend the ceremony in person, Stevens will live stream the ceremonies on May 25 at


For further questions, please contact the Office of Student Life at 201-216-5699 or email [email protected].