Event Details

Watch the Hooding ceremony on Monday, May 24

  • 4 p.m. Celebrate the accomplishments of Princeton’s advanced-degree recipients.

Saturday, May 15

11 a.m. Baccalaureate ceremony (virtual)

This is an interfaith service, reflecting the diversity of religious life at Princeton University. As its name suggests, the Baccalaureate service is a celebration focused especially on the members of the senior class—those receiving bachelor’s degrees. This service also honors those about to receive graduate degrees. The Baccalaureate address is one of the University’s oldest traditions. Speakers at Baccalaureate are chosen for their capacity to speak on topics related to human values, broadly considered.

Featured speaker: Ruth Simmons, Prairie View A&M University President

Watch the ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.

View the Baccalaureate program.


7:30 p.m. Class Day ceremony (virtual)

Class Day is organized by members of the senior class. The ceremony also includes speeches by graduating seniors, the recognition of class members for their contributions and the induction of honorary class members.

Featured speaker: Trevor Noah, author, comedian and “The Daily Show” host

Watch the ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.

View the Class Day program.


Sunday, May 16

11 a.m. Commencement ceremony, Princeton Stadium

Guests must present tickets for entry. Gates open for guests at 9:45 a.m. and should be seated by 10:15 a.m. The student procession will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m., and the ceremony will begin around 11 a.m. Students should plan to wear comfortable shoes and keep in mind that the field will be problematic for high heels.

Please remember that the University’s current public health policies — including wearing masks and social distancing — remain in effect until further notice and should be followed throughout this weekend’s graduation celebrations. While the CDC recently released updated public health guidance, many of the state of New Jersey’s limitations on large gatherings, including commencement ceremonies, are still in place.  Given those limitations and to protect the health of attendees who may not be fully vaccinated, we ask all participants and guests to follow the University’s public health guidelines for Sunday’s commencement ceremony, including:

  • A maximum of 2 guests per student.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Remain socially distanced and stay in assigned seats.

 Thank you for doing your part to help keep our students, faculty, staff and guests safe and healthy. 

In the event of severe weather, the in-person ceremony will be held on Monday, May 17.

For questions about Commencement, please visit the FAQs page.

Watch the ceremony on Facebook.

The Commencement ceremony was complemented with the #Princeton21 Social Cam broadcast on the University’s YouTube channel, featuring social posts from students and families using the #Princeton21 hashtag. 

View the Commencement program.

3 p.m. ROTC Commissioning, Princeton Stadium

Members of Princeton’s Class of 2021 are commissioned into the Army during the ROTC commissioning ceremony.

Featured speaker: Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Walrath

Watch the ceremony on Facebook or YouTube.


Monday, May 24

4 p.m. Hooding ceremony (virtual)

The accomplishments of Princeton’s advanced-degree recipients are celebrated at the Hooding ceremony.

Watch the ceremony on the University homepage, YouTube, or Facebook.

View the Hooding program.