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Parent & Family Newsletter

Commencement 2016

Highlights from the Vice President
for Student Affairs 


Dear Parents and Family Members,

TCNJ's Commencement ceremonies are a celebration of all that our Class of 2016 has achieved during their time here, whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, or in their circle of friends. On May 19th and 20th, we will come together as a campus community to send our students onto the next stage of their personal journeys.

Below you will find our Guide to Commencement, which contains important logistical information about the events. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this material to ensure that you and your graduate are ready for the big day. Click anywhere on the image below my signature to access the guide.

Finally, thank you for your support of our students over the past four years. It is because of your love and guidance that they have been able to achieve so much. I am eager to see where their ambitions take them in the future.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Amy Hecht
Vice President for Student Affairs
Click the image below for Commencement information.
Main and Departmental Ceremonies
The main ceremony in Lions Stadium will be held on Thursday, May 19, with the academic processional beginning at 3 pm. Click here for details.

Departmental ceremonies are held over the course of Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th. Be sure to check our schedule for the time and location of your graduate's event. Click here for details.

Severe Weather Scenario

In the event of potentially dangerous weather, Thursday's main ceremony will be moved indoors to the Recreation Center. Graduates will participate in one of two main ceremonies, depending on their school. Seating is limited to two guests per graduate, and guests will require a ticket for entry. Tickets for the Severe Weather Scenario were picked up by graduates during the Graduation Fair at the TCNJ Bookstore. Tickets are not replaceable. Guests without a ticket will be directed to a live simulcast of the ceremony in various indoor locations on campus. Departmental/school ceremonies will not be impacted by the weather and will occur as scheduled. Click here for more details on this potential scenario.
Accommodation Information
Looking for a place to stay over the course of Commencement? Check out our guide to area hotels here. Some hotels may offer special rates, so don't forget to mention TCNJ Commencement when you book.

Enjoy complimentary food and drink during our Commencement receptions on Quimby's Prairie. Graduates and their guests are welcome! If you are looking for dining options off-campus, you can find our guide to local restaurants here.

Directions to Campus

Find directions to TCNJ and information about mass transit options here. Campus Police will direct you to designated parking areas upon your arrival.
TCNJ Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Need a last-minute grad gift or want to pick up alumni gear? The TCNJ Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located in Campus Town, will have the following hours during Commencement:
  • Thursday, 5/19: 8am - 9pm
  • Friday, 5/20: 8am - 9pm
Be sure to check out the great 
selection of gifts on their website!
Are You a TCNJ Legacy Family? Let us Know!

A Legacy at The College of New Jersey is an alumna/alumnus or current student who is the grandchild, child, or sibling of another TCNJ alumna/alumnus or current student.  

All TCNJ Legacy families are invited to stop by the Legacy tent during Commencement exercises with their graduates to pick up a small gift.  Please let the Office of Alumni Affairs know you are a Legacy family by filling out this survey.
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