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TCNJ Commencement 2019 – FAST FACTS

The College of New Jersey 2019 Commencement

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
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. Information and a full schedule can be found on the TCNJ Commencement page. 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 tab of the TCNJ Commencement page.

The main ceremony in Lions Stadium is an outdoor event featuring a full academic processional, remarks by President Kathryn A. Foster, 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.

This year’s commencement will be the first for Foster who was named TCNJ’s 16th President on March 27, 2018.

Number of Graduates
Total: 2,067 (1,761 undergraduate/306 graduate)

Cum Laude (3.60-3.74 GPA): 229
Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89 GPA): 230
Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00 GPA): 112

Call to Order
Susanne Svizeny
Chair, Board of Trustees, Class of 1979

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

National Anthem
Marietta Racancoj, Class of 2019
Accompanied by the TCNJ Wind Ensemble

Kathryn A. Foster

Faculty Greetings
Nicholas McBride
Associate Professor of Music 

Graduating Class Greetings
Dom Clark
President, Class of 2019 

Presentation of Class Gift
Carly Mauro
Secretary, Class of 2019

Christina Vassalo
Treasurer, Class of 2019

Presentation of Class Banner
Kelly Saldarriaga
Vice President of Operations, Class of 2018

Marissa Blackman
Vice President of Public Relations, Class of 2019

Peter Simons
President, Alumni Association, Class of 1998 

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

Presentation of Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees
William W. Keep, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

School of the Arts and Communication – Maurice Hall, Dean

School of Business – Bozena Leven, Interim Dean

School of Education – Suzanne McCotter, 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
Kathryn A. Foster

Presentation of Candidates for Graduate Degrees
David Blake
Interim Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Planning

Conferring of Graduate Degrees
Kathryn A. Foster

Alma Mater
Joseph Ahn, Class of 2019
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 #TCNJ19. Guests may view a live simulcast of the main ceremony at Kendall Hall Main Stage, Mayo Concert Hall, Brower Student Center (Room 100), and the Recreation Center.

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
Office: 609-771-2266
Cell: 917-861-5125