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Information for Graduates - Philadelphia Campus



The 2013 Graduate Programs Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19102. The ceremony will begin promptly at 12:00 Noon.

Formal Graduation Announcement Cards

The College provides formal announcement cards for graduates to use as announcements for family and friends. Initially, you will receive 25 graduation announcements with 25 personalized name cards. Graduation announcements will be sent to all graduates using the address provided on the Commencement Information form. Graduates will receive an e-mail notification when this process is complete. The formal graduation announcement card is NOT your commencement ticket for family and guests.

Admission Tickets
All family members and guests attending the ceremony MUST have a Kimmel Center generated admission ticket to enter the ceremony on Commencement Day. The Office of Academic Affairs is currently looking into how many initial tickets each graduate will receive. An e-mail will be sent shortly once we obtain more information from the Kimmel Center concerning the number of seats. Arrangements to request extra tickets will take place sometime in June, 2013. At that time, graduates will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to order extra tickets. Please do not request extra tickets until you receive this e-mail.

Cap and Gown
The Office of Student Affairs handles the distribution of the Commencement Package. Graduates will receive an e-mail from the Office of Student Affairs when the Commencement Package is ready for pick up.

Cap and Gown - Pick up on Commencement Day
If for some reason you cannot pick up your Commencement Package until the day of graduation, the Office of Student Affairs will bring your package to the Kimmel Center for you. You will find your cap and gown in the Lounge after 9:00 am. Tickets for your family and guests will be available for pick up at the ticket table. Please be sure to notify Student Affairs by e-mail at Studentaffairs@pcom.edu that you will pick up your package at the Kimmel Center on Commencement Day. This will ensure that your tickets are available at the ticket table for your family and guests.

Arrival of Guests at the Kimmel Center
Family and guests should be seated by no later than 11:30 a.m. The Kimmel Center will open for guest seating at 11:15 a.m. and seating is by ticket only. Graduate arrival times click here.

The Hooding Policy

The Hooding Information Form must be completed if you have a family member who
meets the PCOM criteria as stated in the Hooding Policy. To review the Graduate Programs Commencement Hooding Policy and complete the information form follow this link Hooding Policy and Information Form
The Hooding Information paperwork must be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by no later than June 3, 2013.

Special Accommodation Seating at the Kimmel Center


Graduates who have family members needing special accommodation seating at the Kimmel Center MUST contact Antoinette Manago in the Office of Academic Affairs as soon as possible at gpcommencementpa@pcom.edu.  Please specify the number of wheelchairs, walkers and anyone who can not navigate steps. One companion may sit with this guest.

The commencement ceremony will be presented in American Sign Language through on stage interpreters for the duration of the program. Please let Antoinette Manago at gpcommencementpa@pcom.edu know if a hearing impaired relative or guest will attend.

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 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. You may also call the Registrar's Office at PCOM during regular business hours at (215) 871-6704 to make sure that your diploma is ready for pick up.

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 dates.

Our staff photographer will be on hand to take group pictures of graduates and faculty at the Kimmel Center on the morning of 7/26/13 starting at 9:30 a.m. Graduates please make sure you have your cap and gown on when you arrive at the Kimmel Center. To review the schedule time for photographs and arrival of graduates click here.

After graduation, students will be sent an e-mail with a link to view / print these photographs once they become available.