Commencement Guide

Students on field preparing for commencement ceremony

Class of 2023

Princeton University will hold its
276th Commencement for the Class of 2023

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Princeton Stadium

Schedule of Events

2:00 pm3:30 pm
2:00 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
9:00 pm12:00 am
Senior Prom
9:00 p.m. to midnight.
Jadwin Gym

Each senior receives 5 guest tickets.

Please note: the gym is NOT air-conditioned.

All day
Cultural and Affinity Group Ceremonies
Varies - See event details
10:30 am12:00 pm
Class Day
10:30 a.m. to about noon.
Cannon Green

Guests must be seated by 10:00 a.m. when the senior procession begins.  Each senior receives 4 guest tickets.  In case of rain, seniors are seated in the chapel; guests are seated in simulcast locations near the chapel.  A picnic lunch on Alexander Beach follows the ceremony. 

Class Day Program

Academic departmental receptions for concentrators occur in the afternoon.

4:30 pm
Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony
Cannon Green

In the case of severe weather, the Hooding & Recognition ceremony will be held indoors in Jadwin Gymnasium. If this is necessary, an announcement will be sent to all registered participants and faculty, and details will be posted on the Graduate School website by 2 p.m. on Monday, May 29. 

Advanced Degree recipients can find detailed information and register for events at the Graduate School Hooding and Recognition and Commencement Ceremony site.

Hooding and Recognition Ceremony Program

10:00 pm
Senior Class Step Sing
Blair Arch (Dillon Gym in case of rain).

No tickets required. 

9:40 am11:30 am
Student procession begins at approximately 9:40 a.m. – ceremony runs from 10:00 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m.
Princeton Stadium

Each senior receives 8 guest tickets.   In case of severe weather, Commencement is held in Jadwin Gym and students receive 3 rain tickets. 

Diploma distribution and receptions in the residential colleges follow the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Program

3:30 pm
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Faculty Room, Nassau Hall


  • Accommodations: A number of motels, hotels and inns serve the Princeton area, but most are not within walking distance of the University. The University provides a list of preferred Princeton-area hotels.
  • Shuttle Service: The University does not provide shuttle service from hotels. Some hotels do provide such service to campus. Please inquire with the individual hotel.
  • Princeton Area: The Visitor Bureau provides further information about the Princeton area.