University Commencement

Commencement Ceremony Information

Saint Peter’s University Commencement Ceremony
Friday,  May 17, 2024
10:30 a.m.
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Candidates Eligible to Attend: Please see our Participation Policy

  • The PNC Bank Arts Center is an outdoor facility. Check the weather and dress accordingly.
  • Graduates should arrive with caps, gowns, hoods by 9:00 AM. Your One Card/School ID is your entrance ticket. IDs will be checked by the PNC security staff as you pass through the security checkpoint.
  • Upon arrival, report to the designated student line-up/robing area according to your school, college, and degree. Marshals will be there to provide instructions. Graduates and guests will be walking a distance, including down several flights of stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • Please fill out the back of your name card to ensure that your photo proofs are mailed to you.
  • Due to increased numbers of graduating students eligible to participate in the ceremony, and in consultation with PNC management, we will need to limit an initial distribution of tickets for the commencement ceremony to 8 theater seat tickets this year.  Watch for updates and details from the commencement email address.  If and when this count can be increased with additional theater seat tickets released, we will let you know.
  • New this year — lawn seating.  Graduating students may invite additional guests for lawn seating beyond the theater seating section.  No tickets are necessary for lawn seating; these guests may use seats provided by PNC, or bring their own blankets, but cannot bring their own lawn chairs. Guests on the lawn will not have access to the theater section but will have access to other amenities, and should plan accordingly for the weather.
  • Your guests should be seated by 10:30 am. Guests arriving after that time will need to wait until the procession ends before entering the seating area.
  • Graduates should not bring personal belongings with them. For safety and security reasons, please leave them with a guest or family member.
  • Carry your hood over your left arm as you march to the graduate seating area. Hoods are worn only after your degree has been conferred by the president of the University at the end of Commencement.
  • This is an important day in your life and the University community, so be prepared to remain in your seats until the ceremony ends. Degrees are NOT official until the conferral by the President at the end of the ceremony.
  • Vaccination cards and masks are not required at this time.
  • Graduates are responsible for their own transportation to all graduation events.