Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Virtual Participation: July 12, 2020


Due to the unexpected and unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, it was necessary to redesign this year’s Commencements. On July 12, 2020, we will hold formal Commencement ceremonies, virtually, for you and your family and friends. During the virtual ceremonies, you’ll hear from Thomas Jefferson University leaders, and each of the deans will present their graduating students to the president for the formal conferral of degrees.

Previous update: April 6 Video Message from Dr. Tykocinski

Commencement 2020 Schedule

Prior to your virtual Commencement ceremony you will receive instructions on how to register for this special event, including how to submit a photo of yourself to be shared on screen during the event. The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Undergraduate (East Falls Campus)

Schools/Colleges:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Health Sciences (East Falls Campus)
  • Humanities and Sciences
  • Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce
    • School of Business
    • School of Design and Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Continuing Professional Studies

10:30 a.m.: Undergraduate (Center City), Graduate

Schools/Colleges:

  • Health Professions (Graduate and Center City Undergraduate)
  • Rehabilitation Sciences (Graduate)
  • School of Continuing Professional Studies (Graduate)

12 p.m.: Undergraduate & Graduate

School/College:

  • Nursing

1:30 p.m.: Graduate

Schools/Colleges:

  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Life Sciences

3 p.m.: Graduate

Schools/Colleges:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment (Graduate)
  • Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce (Graduate)
  • Pharmacy
  • Population Health 

What is a virtual ceremony?

A virtual ceremony has many of the same components as a live ceremony. In exchange for walking across the stage to accept your diploma, we create a slide with your name, photo and degree.

When will I get my diploma?

You will get your diploma sent to you in the mail within five weeks of your degree being conferred as long as we are able to print the diplomas.  Most diplomas are printed in the office and this will be contingent on us getting back into our offices. Your diploma will be sent to the address you recently provided.

Will I still be able to get my cap and gown that I ordered?

Yes, you will be sent your cap and gown to the address you recently provided.

Can I be refunded for my cap and gown?

There was no charge for the cap and gown.

How will you know where to send my cap and gown?

If you replied that you were going to the graduation ceremony in May and ordered your cap and gown through the graduation application, they will be mailed to the address you recently provided.

What if I did not fill out a graduation application?  How will you know where to send my diploma?

If you did not fill out your Graduation Application, please email Graduation@jefferson.edu with the address where you would like to have your diploma sent.  This cannot be a PO Box.

Will I still be able to get a student portrait done?

There is the possibility that we could schedule Island Photography to come back once we know when we can resume normal campus hours and activity.

When will I receive information on the rescheduled in-person event?

We continue to work with our vendors and monitoring the unfolding public health situation to determine a new date. Once we have confirmed the date, we will send out an email to eligible graduates for that event.