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Frequently Asked Questions
Commencement 2020

Will there be a virtual ceremony?

Yes, all Commencement ceremonies will be online this year.

PCOM DO program: You’re invited to celebrate as PCOM premieres our Commencement Ceremony for the DO Class of 2020 online! Join us on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel on Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m., for this online event recognizing our graduates. Stay tuned for additional updates as they become available.

PCOM Georgia DO program: You’re invited to celebrate as PCOM Georgia premieres our Commencement Ceremony for the DO Class of 2020 online! Join us on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel on Thursday, May 21, at 10:30 am, for this online event recognizing our graduates. Stay tuned for additional updates as they become available.

Philadelphia Graduate Programs:
Stay tuned for additional updates about the virtual commencement ceremony, which will be broadcast online, as they become available.

Georgia Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Physician Assistant Programs:
Stay tuned for additional updates about the virtual commencement ceremony, which will be broadcast online, as they become available.

Will these changes apply to all the academic programs?

Yes, these changes apply to all programs at PCOM and PCOM Georgia.

Is PCOM planning to do something commemorative on campus?

PCOM Administration understands the sacrifices that the Class of 2020 has had to endure as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are open to discussions about what we can do to commemorate this class's resiliency during this unprecedented situation, with the understanding that limitations through governmental policies and restrictions (and their effect on PCOM) will be ongoing factors.

Will individual students still be recognized during the 'virtual' ceremony?

Yes, each graduate will be announced when the degrees are conferred during the online commencement ceremony.

How/when will students receive their diplomas?

Students are eligible to receive their diplomas on or after the date originally identified for Commencement. The Registrar will mail out the diplomas on the day of the ceremony. They will also email each graduate a PDF file of their diploma on the date of the commencement ceremony, as well.

Will I still be able to get my cap, gown, and hood?

Yes, Student Affairs has made arrangements to have your Commencement regalia shipped to you.

Can we still get a program?

Yes, Students Affairs will send each graduate three hard copies of the Commencement program. There will also be a PDF version emailed to the graduates the day before the ceremony.

Will award recipients be acknowledged or informed?

Award recipients will be listed in the Commencement program as well as during the program when the degrees are conferred. Information will be sent to award recipients.

How will military students be recognized?

Although we cannot hold the Commissioning Ceremony or the Oath of Office, our plan is to invite the military students that will be commissioned be individually recognized during the ceremony.

Will a student representative be given the opportunity to address the class?

DO Programs (PCOM and PCOM Georgia)
Traditionally, PCOM has not allowed a graduating student to speak during the ceremony. However, due to the special circumstances surrounding this year's ceremony, the class chair will address the class during the ceremony, prior to leading the class in the vision/mission statement.

Graduate Programs (PCOM and PCOM Georgia)
Additional details about the virtual commencement ceremony will be provided once available.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

For additional information please contact studentaffairs@pcom.edu or gastudentaffairs@pcom.edu.

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