Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson College of Humanities & Sciences

Commencement Information

Undergraduate & Graduate

WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Verizon Hall
300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


Arrival Time: Between 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Graduates Entry Point: 15th & Delancey Streets
(Kimmel Center's Security Entrance)
Report to: Perelman Hall
Dress Rehearsal: 2:00 p.m. (estimated)


Doors Open: 2:00 p.m.
Verizon Hall Doors Open: 2:15 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Congratulations on the achievement of your degree from Thomas Jefferson University!

The joint ceremony will consist of the conferral for all degrees from the Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment, Jefferson College of Humanities and Sciences, Jefferson College of Pharmacy and Jefferson College of Population Health and will last approximately until 4:30 p.m.

We ask that graduates report to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts no later than 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon of May 20, 2020  so that they may participate in an actual dress rehearsal of the Commencement Ceremony. Students will first check into their program-specific robing rooms for correct marching order, help with robing, and name announcement verifications. Light refreshments will also be provided for the graduates in each of the robing rooms.

Guests are advised to enter Kimmel Center from the Broad and Spruce Street entrance and wait in the lobby until the doors for Verizon Hall open.  Guests will not be seated in the Verizon Hall until 2:15 p.m. 

There are accommodations at the Kimmel Center for special seating or Accessible Requests. Requests are due into the University Office of the Registrar by March 1st and provisions are limited. If your circumstances have changed after the March 1st deadline and you now need to request special seating please send an email immediately to Please note, neither Thomas Jefferson University nor the Kimmel Center can provide, loan or rent wheelchairs for guests with special needs.

Tickets & Seating Information

All Students who will be attending the 2020 Commencement Ceremony at the Kimmel Center are guaranteed four tickets for their guests, however this will be assigned seating. 

Students will be notified by email if more tickets become available. With the assigned seating at the Kimmel Center, only the first four tickets are guaranteed to be seated together. 

Please be advised that any remaining outstanding obligations with the University (exit Interview, tuition balance, etc.) must be satisfied before receiving your diploma.

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact

Important Ticketing Info

All students who will be attending the 2020 Commencement ceremony are guaranteed four tickets for their guests. Students will be notified by email if more tickets become available. The Grad Fair will be April 14 and 15 in the Kanbar Performance Space.

If a student is unable to pick up his or her regalia and tickets, he or she may arrange to have a designated person pick them up instead. The designated person must present a copy or picture of the graduate’s photo ID in order to receive the regalia and tickets. 

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact Thank you in advance.

Additional Events


East Falls Grad Fair

Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 14 & 15, 2020
 Kanbar Performance Space
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.