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TCNJ Commencement 2017 – FAST FACTS

The College of New Jersey Commencement 2017

Dates
Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017
Main Ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday in Lions Stadium 

Thursday will consist of two sessions of Departmental Ceremonies, and the Main Ceremony in Lions Stadium. On Friday there will be three sessions of Departmental Ceremonies. In the event of severe weather, this schedule will be slightly modified. For information on the Severe Weather scenario please visit the severe weather information page.

The main ceremony in Lions Stadium is an outdoor event featuring a full academic processional, remarks by President R. Barbara Gitenstein, the commencement faculty speaker chosen by the senior class, and the conferral of degrees. The ceremony lasts about one hour. Graduates’ names are not announced at the main ceremony. Names are announced at the graduate’s departmental or school ceremony.

Number of Graduates
2,056 total; 1,693 undergraduate, 363 graduate

Cum Laude (3.60-3.74 GPA): 250
Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89 GPA): 210
Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00 GPA): 99

Grand Marshal
Amanda Norvell
Associate Professor of Biology and Faculty Senate President

National Anthem
Suzanne Parker, Class of 2017
Accompanied by the TCNJ Wind Ensemble

Welcome
Barbara Gitenstein
President

Faculty Greetings
Geralyn Altmiller
Associate Professor of Nursing

Graduating Class Greetings
Megan Vantslot
President, Class of 2017

Presentation of Class Gift
Jonathan Sheridan
Vice President of Public Relations, Class of 2017
Pat McSorley
Treasurer, Class of 2017

Presentation of Class Banner
Carey Davidson
Vice President of Operations, Class of 2017

Maria Ciccone
Secretary, Class of 2017

Kenneth W. Baumann
President, Alumni Association, Class of 1982

The Road Home by Stephen Paulus
TCNJ Wind Ensemble and TCNJ Chorale 

Presentation of Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees
Jacqueline Taylor
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

School of the Arts and Communication
James Day, Interim Dean

School of Business
William W. Keep, Dean

School of Education
Jeffrey Passe, Dean

School of Engineering
Steven Schreiner, Dean

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jane Wong, Dean

School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science
Carole Kenner, Dean

School of Science
Jeffrey M. Osborn, Dean

Conferring of Baccalaureate Degrees
Barbara Gitenstein
President

Presentation of Candidates for Graduate Degrees
Ieva Zake
Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning

Conferring of Graduate Degrees
Barbara Gitenstein
President

Alma Mater
Sarah Finnan, Class of 2016
Accompanied by the TCNJ Wind Ensemble

Academic Recessional
TCNJ Wind Ensemble

Webcast and Social Media
The main ceremony can be viewed live on the web beginning at 2:30 p.m. A link to the webcast will be posted on the Commencement Website. Guests can also be a part of the action on social media by using #TCNJ17. Guests may view a live simulcast of the main ceremony in various indoor locations on campus.

Media Note
Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to cover commencement activities on both days. Media should wear their NJ Press Association credentials and check in with Head Media Relations Officer Luke Sacks upon arrival to campus.

Press contact:
Luke Sacks
Head Media Relations Officer
SacksL@tcnj.edu
Cell: 917-861-5125


 

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