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TESU Annual Commencement

Thomas Edison State University’s 2023 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

Please accept our sincere congratulations on earning your degree!

Thomas Edison State University’s Annual Commencement Ceremony has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. Doors for graduates and their guests will open at 11 a.m.

Your Commencement ceremony is a momentous occasion and a reward for the hard work and dedication it took to complete your degree. Here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones prepare for your big day:

When to Arrive
  • Doors open for graduates and guests at 11 a.m.
  • Line up for your class procession by 12:30 p.m. on the concourse near section 103.
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 1 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 2 hours.

For security purposes, all guests, including graduates and children, will need a ticket to enter the arena. All graduates have received the link to register for the TESU 2023 Commencement via Eventbrite to access, download and print your tickets.

If you need additional tickets, simply return to the site, add the number of tickets you need on the right-hand side, click on “Reserve a Spot”, and enter your information to have more tickets emailed to you.

What to Expect

All graduates must enter through Gate C to register. Guests may enter through Gates A, B, or C and arrange to meet up with their graduate once on the concourse. Any guests or graduates requiring ADA assistance should enter through Gate A.

When you arrive, proceed to our Registration area, located on the main concourse at Gate C (street level):

  • If you have been notified that you earned specific honors, you will pick up your cords at registration.
  • If you did not receive your cap and gown already, we will have it available for pickup.
  • If you are a member of the military or a veteran, you will also pick up your cord and stole at registration.

For family and friends who are not able to join us but would like to watch online, the livestream of the ceremony will be available on the Commencement website and also accessible from the main page of the TESU website.

Graduates receiving honors have been notified at the completion of their graduation cycle. Honor cords and stoles will be distributed to eligible graduates at the CURE Insurance Arena on the morning of the ceremony. To learn more about your eligibility for honor cords, please refer to the Awards and Honor Societies page or learn how to earn your Philanthropy Cord by supporting future graduates.

Keep an eye on your email and stay tuned to the Commencement website for additional details and the most up-to-date information.

Not sure when you should apply for graduation? Learn more about deadlines and Graduation Information.

For additional questions or more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (609) 984-1180 or

We are excited to celebrate with you this weekend!

Photos will be taken at the Commencement Ceremony. Please take a moment to read the Photo Release information below:

As event registrants, you and your guests accept the terms and conditions: I do hereby give Thomas Edison State University, its assigns, licensees and legal representatives, the irrevocable right to use my name (or fictional name), picture, image or photograph in all forms and media, and in all manners for advertising, promotional or educational purposes, trade or any other lawful purposes, and I waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy, that may be created in connection therewith. I am of full age. I have read this release and am fully familiar with its contents.

A separate photo release will be obtained for anyone participating at “Share Your Story” before the ceremony.

For additional questions or more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (609) 984-1180 or