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Graduate Commencement - Philadelphia


Commencement Day - July 26, 2013

An Overview of the 14th Graduate Programs Commencement Ceremony

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
260 South Broad Street on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 790-5800
12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
Date:  July 26, 2013
Arrival times for Graduates

Graduates Please Read:
We expect the ceremony to conclude at approximately 1:30 PM.
This ceremony is for students receiving the following degrees:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology, Educational Specialist in School Psychology, Master of Science in School Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, Master of Science in Forensic Medicine, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Science in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant Studies.

Academic Procession
The following is an explanation of the progression of the event:
At approximately 11:15 AM we will begin forming the line of graduates. You will line up in single file in seating order, by program. Your group will be led in the procession by your Faculty Program Director. The marshalling order will be posted in the Lounge, so please check it to be sure you are in the right place in line (right isle should be reverse alphabetical and left isle should be in alphabetical order).

At 11:30 AM the procession will move into Verizon Hall. Upon arrival, the faculty marshals (Program Director) for each program will lead the procession to the graduate seating area, and direct participants to an open row. All graduates will be in the audience and will arrive there first, followed by the Faculty members who will be seated on the stage.  Remain standing at your seat until all faculty members arrive on the stage and await the Dean's signal to be seated (when the faculty is seated).

The commencement ceremony will be presented in American Sign Language through on stage interpreters for the duration of the program. Please let the Office of Academic Affairs know if anyone is hearing impaired.

Commencement Program
The ceremony will include: the National Anthem; an invocation; a major address and honorary degree presentation; speeches and remarks from classmates and administrators; the conferral of degrees; the hooding of graduates; a concluding statement and recessional.

The Hooding and Degree Conferral Ceremony
At the appointed time in the program, the Provost will invite doctoral students in clinical psychology to please stand. Dr. Schure will bestow the degree on your group. Once the degree is bestowed upon the graduates, graduates should start moving to the bottom of the steps and wait at the bottom of the steps until Dr. Cuzzolino calls your name. When your name is called, walk across the stage front, accept your rolled diploma from
Dr. Schure, shake his hand, shake Provost Veit's hand, and then proceed to the hooding area where the appropriate faculty member will hood the graduate. Graduates are hooded by their program director, department head or faculty advisor as determined by the academic program. Any member of the academic procession may assist in hooding without special approval.
At the time of Hooding
Remove your cap, turn and face the photographer (on your left), your advisor will hood you, then place your hood back on.

Returning to your assigned seat
The graduate should then turn around, continue to the end of the platform to exit the stage and return to his or her assigned seat. Please remain standing at your seat until all of the graduates have returned to their seats.

Moving the Tassel
Once the degree is bestowed upon the graduates in all nine programs, Provost Veit will instruct you to move your tassel from the right to the left side.

Following the closing prayer, faculty will lead the procession and Dr. Cuzzolino or his designee will direct you to follow the faculty out to conclude the ceremony. You do not have to return your cap, gown and hood. They are yours to keep. If your diploma is ready for pick-up, please proceed to the Lounge immediately following the ceremony.

Diploma Pick-Up 
The rolled diploma you receive on stage during the ceremony is NOT your official diploma. If you are eligible for the official diploma at this time, you may pick it up in the Lounge, 2nd Floor of the Kimmel Center which will be open for one hour following the ceremony. The Registrar will distribute the diplomas soon after the ceremony is completed. For students who are unable to pick up their diplomas on Commencement Day, diplomas will be available the first business day after Commencement in the Office of the Registrar at PCOM during regular business hours or by calling (215) 871-6723.


Diplomas for doctoral graduates are dated throughout the year as dissertations are completed and bound. Doctoral graduates will receive their diplomas following one of the four annual Board of Trustees meeting dates at which degrees are conferred. Doctoral graduates should consult with their program director for their dissertation completion and degree conferral date.