Commencement Update for Graduating Students (April 6)

To All Thomas Jefferson University Graduating Students:

APRIL 6–Today I am reaching out to you to give you an update about an event that has been on all of our minds, especially those of you who are approaching the time when we formally celebrate your achievements at Thomas Jefferson University – Commencement.

In the coming weeks we will be sending an invitation for you and your families to attend the first of our celebrations – albeit online. Our plan is to hold this virtual ceremony this summer, hosted by President Klasko and me, where each of the deans will present their graduating students to the president for the conferral of degrees. At the same time, we are working on plans for an in-person celebration later in the fall. The dates are still being solidified with the venues. As soon as these plans are firmed up, we will let you know.

Many of you have been asking about your regalia. Due to the nature of the city and state Stay-at-Home orders, we have been delayed in receiving and processing those items. We will get them packaged and shipped to you when the Stay-at-Home orders are lifted and it is once again possible for us to return to campus. When your regalia (as well as some other special items to be enclosed) do arrive, we hope that you’ll share your photos with us on social media using #JeffersonGrad2020.

We know these are challenging times that can take a toll on your mental and physical wellness. Jefferson has a number of resources of which we hope you’re taking advantage. Please visit for more information.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at

Thank you and be well.

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
EVP and Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College