Frequently Asked Questions

How many tickets will each senior receive?

Graduates will receive enough tickets to invite three guests to Baccalaureate, four to the Class Day ceremony, six to the Senior Prom, and five to Commencement.

Baccalaureate (Sunday, May 31): Guest tickets may be used for seating at indoor and outdoor simulcast sites near the Princeton University Chapel (the chapel is only large enough to accommodate the senior class). The indoor simulcast locations include McCosh 10 and Dillon Gym which are not air conditioned; and McCormick 101; Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture; and Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, all of which are accessible and air conditioned. See our interactive campus map.

Prom (Sunday, May 31): This is the only event where seniors are required to have a ticket. Each senior is given six tickets; one for the senior and five for guests. Anyone who does not have a prom ticket (including seniors) will not gain access to the prom. Note: Jadwin Gym, the location for the prom, is NOT air conditioned.

Class Day ceremony (Monday, June 1): If weather permits, the ceremony is held on Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall. Each senior receives four guest tickets.  In the case of severe weather, seniors assemble in the University chapel and guests are directed to simulcast locations including Dillon Gym, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; McCosh 10; Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture and, for guests with disabilities, McCormick 101. In case of severe weather, tickets are required for simulcast locations; when the ceremony is on Cannon Green, the simulcast locations are unticketed.  See our campus map to locate these simulcast sites.

Commencement (Tuesday, June 2): Each senior receives 5 guest tickets which may be used for seating on the front lawn of Nassau Hall or, in the case of severe weather, in Jadwin Gym. The simulcast site, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, next to Nassau Hall, is unticketed and is air conditioned and accessible. Alexander Hall is the best option for guests without tickets or who may be uncomfortable because of the weather (Princeton can be hot and humid in June). See our campus map to locate Alexander Hall. The ceremony is also simulcast in Dillon Gym and on Cannon Green.

Tickets are not required for seniors processing at Baccalaureate, the Class Day ceremony, or Commencement. No tickets are required for the Step Sing, and no tickets are required for the diploma distribution receptions in the residential colleges following Commencement.

Will tickets be mailed home?

No. Each senior must pick up tickets during Senior Checkout, held early May.

How do seniors obtain academic attire (cap, gown, and hood)?

Seniors pay for caps and gowns through class dues. Measurements for academic attire are taken at the Commencement Fair for seniors held in December.  Caps and gowns are picked up at Senior Checkout, held during reading period in early May. Information will be sent to each senior about the time and place for picking up academic attire.

Where can I purchase graduation announcements, diploma frames, and class rings? Where can I purchase flowers, graduation video, and senior yearbook?

Graduation announcements, diploma frames, and class rings can be purchased from the Ring and Frame Agency

Flower bouquets can either be 1) pre-ordered from the Special Occasions Agency and picked up the day of Commencement, or 2) purchased the day of Commencement at the Princeton Student Agencies tent, located just south of Morrison Hall. 

The official graduation video, which includes Reunions P-rade, Baccalaureate, Class Day, Senior Step Sing, and Commencement can be pre-ordered from the Video Production Agency.

The Nassau Herald, Princeton's senior yearbook, can be purchased from the Yearbook Agency, or at the Princeton Student Agencies tent on the days of Baccalaureate, Class Day, and Commencement.

Is the Senior Prom a family event?

The prom is for Seniors and their family and friends.  Please consider the comfort of guests: Jadwin Gym is NOT air conditioned, and Princeton can be hot and muggy in late May/early June.

Is the Senior Prom formal?

Attire varies from business attire to business casual to formal. Please keep in mind that Princeton can be hot and muggy in early June, so dress comfortably.

I am a graduate student; where can I find specific information regarding the Hooding ceremony and other events for advanced degree recipients?

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

How can I get photos or videos of the events?

Because of the number of guests and sight lines, movement of guests wishing to take photographs or video shots is restricted during the ceremonies. Professional photographers from the University Office of Communications photograph Baccalaureate, Class Day and Commencement. Professional photographers are stationed at the FitzRandolph Gate to take pictures of graduates as they exit the gate at the end of the Commencement ceremony. Professional photographers also take pictures of diplomas being given out at the residential college receptions following Commencement. View examples from past Commencements.  Photos can be downloaded for free, or print copies may be purchased on the website.  

The Video Production Agency produces the official Commencement DVD which is available for purchase.

Will families receive more information?

Seniors will receive information throughout the year via class mailings and e-mail messages. They will have the most up-to-date, detailed information. Seniors will receive more information at the class Commencement Fair in early December.