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Spring 2018 May 4.

See Commencement video from May 4.

Morning of Commencement

On the morning of Commencement, graduates need to report to the Athletics Building by 9am. Faculty and Staff need to report to the Athletics Building by 9:15am.


Will be available for purchase at Commencement.

Students and families will also be able to order Commencement flowers here.


Reception is at Sutherland Plaza after the ceremony. All graduates, guests, faculty and staff are invited.

Commencement Speaker

Farah Jimenez, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund, is at the forefront of the effort to ensure every young person in Philadelphia has access to a high quality education that prepares them to succeed in college and careers.

In addition to her role with the Ed Fund, Ms. Jimenez serves on the School Reform Commission – the governing body of the School District of Philadelphia.  She was appointed, in 2014, to a five-year term on the Commission by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

Ms. Jimenez’ nonprofit career spans nearly 20 years in executive management roles leading agencies engaged in community revitalization, public and Indian housing, affordable housing development, and social services.

Her public service credentials include:

  • 13 years as the Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA, a nonprofit community development corporation credited with the transformation of the Germantown Avenue corridor in northwest Philadelphia;
  • Four years as President and CEO of People’s Emergency Center, a comprehensive social service agency in West Philadelphia serving women and children experiencing homelessness;
  • Five years as a Presidential appointee to the CDFI Fund Advisory Board of the U.S. Treasury Department; and
  • Three years as a project manager with The Community Builders, a nonprofit real estate developer supporting the community revitalization goals of universities, cities, and nonprofits.

Commencement Regalia - Cap and Gown

Students participating in the academic procession and ceremony must wear a cap and gown. See regalia policy.

You will order/reserve your graduation outfits online at Jostens.

The weblink order deadline is March 29th.

Most of our grads took advantage of the pre-order program! For the rest of you grads we will have plenty of caps and gowns for purchase later this month. Our bulk order will be here on/about April 23 and we will send out an email when they come in.

This bulk order will have limited quantities/size, so please do not delay picking up your outfits as sizes will diminish as the time gets closer to Commencement day. The price is the same as the pre-orders at $42.40 tax incl.

For those that placed their pre-orders on the weblink, we will also notify you when they will be available to purchase. Price is $42.40, payable at Bookstore. The pre-orders come in with your name attached.

Bookstore normal business hours: M-Th 9AM-5PM, Friday 9AM-4PM.