Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson College of
Life Sciences

Commencement Information

For the Undergraduate Ceremony

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Arrival Time: Between 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Graduates Entry Point: via the Broad Street entrance.  Further direction from TJU staff, security and the PA Convention Center ushers.
Report to: Student Rooms
Dress Rehearsal:
  2:00 p.m. (estimated)
 

GUEST INFORMATION

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


For the Graduate Ceremony

WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

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

GRADUATE INFORMATION

Arrival Time: Between 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Graduates Entry Point: 15th & Delancey Streets
(Kimmel Center's Security Entrance)
Report to: Perelman Hall
Dress Rehearsal: 9:00 a.m. (estimated)
 

GUEST INFORMATION

Doors Open: 9:15 a.m.
Verizon Hall Doors Open: 9:45 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Overview

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Congratulations on the achievement of your degree from Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)!

The Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the PA Convention Center for undergraduates and the following Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m for graduate students. The Undergraduate Ceremony will be held in Hall E at the PA Convention Center, entrance via Broad Street.  The Graduate Ceremony will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, located at 260 South Broad Street, just mere minutes from campus. To find out more information about the venues, please visit their websites. The joint Undergraduate Ceremony will consist of the conferral for all Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the  Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, & Commerce, Jefferson School of Continuing & Professional Studies and Undergraduate degrees for Jefferson College of Life Sciences and will last approximately until 4:30 p.m.  The joint Graduate Ceremony will consist of the conferral for all degrees from the Jefferson College of Life Sciences and the graduates from the Jefferson Medical College, and will last approximately until 12:00 p.m.

We ask that graduate population report to the Kimmel Center between 7:45 a.m and 8:45 a.m. on the morning of Commencement, so that they may participate in an actual dress rehearsal of the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates will first check into their Perelman Hall which will be the robing room, rehearsal of marching order, help with robing, and name announcement verifications. A continental breakfast will also be provided for the graduates in each of the robing rooms. Please enter the Kimmel Center at the security entrance located at 15th & Delancey Streets.

We ask that undergraduate population report by 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Commencement, Thursday, May 14, 2020 (via the Broad Street entrance) 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. 

The doors to the Kimmel Center will open for guests to enter into the lobby area at approximately 9:15 a.m. Around 9:45 a.m., family and friends will be allowed to enter and be seated in Verizon Hall. The entrance to the Kimmel Center Parking Garage is located just south of the Broad Street entrance to the building, and may only be accessed by cars traveling south on Broad Street. In addition, there are many other parking lots available to use on the day of this event, please go to the Kimmel Center site for further information.

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 1, 2020 and provisions are limited. If your circumstances have changed after the March 1, 2020 deadline and you now need to request special seating please send an email immediately to graduation@jefferson.edu. Please note, neither Thomas Jefferson University nor the Kimmel Center can provide, loan or rent wheelchairs for guests with special needs. Medical supply companies in the area can assist with acquiring one if needed.

We look forward to commemorating this milestone in your life and wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Tickets & Seating Information

All students who will be attending the 2020 Commencement Undergraduate Ceremony at the PA Convention Center are guaranteed four tickets for their guests with unassigned seating. All Students who will be attending the 2020 Commencement Graduate Ceremony at the Kimmel Center are also guaranteed four tickets for their guests, however this will be assigned seating. 

Students will be notified by email if more tickets become available for either cememony. 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 graduation@jefferson.edu.

Important Ticketing Information

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 for East Falls Colleges in the Kanbar Performance Space; and on April 15 and 16 for Center City Colleges in the JAH Eakins Lounge from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. each day.

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 graduation@jefferson.edu. Thank you in advance.

Degree Completion Deadline Policy

NOTE: This Policy is currently under review and will be updated to reflect any changes.

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) holds one commencement ceremony in May of each year that includes students who have completed their requirements for the Master's Degree or PhD Degree programs in the Jefferson College of Life Sciences.

For MS students, in order for students to receive their degree and participate in the commencement exercises within a given academic year, students must complete all required didactic course work by the ends of the Spring I term of that year. The only courses that may remain open in the Spring II term are the Masters' Thesis Research courses (870, 880, 890) and Master's Clerkship courses (810, 820, 830). These courses must be completed within the Spring II term. Therefore, to graduate during a given academic year, the student must successfully defend his/her thesis before their committee, submit the approved final bound thesis copy along with a all required signature forms, and participate in the public thesis presentation no later that the scheduled April sessions during that year. If a student does not complete these requirements within this time frame, the date of degree conferral and opportunity to participate in commencement will be the following academic year.

For PhD students, in order for students to receive their degree and participate in the commencement exercises within a given academic year, the Thesis Defense must be passed and the final approved copy of the thesis must be turned in to the Dean's office, along with other pertinent documents, no later than April 1 of that year. Since it is the usual case that revision, sometimes extensive ones, are required to be made to the written thesis as a condition of completion of the degree requirements, students should ensure that their thesis defense that occurs sufficiently prior to April 1 to permit time for the expected revisions to the thesis. If a student does not complete these requirements within this time frame, the date of degree conferral and opportunity to participate in commencement will be the following academic year.

MS or PhD students who have successfully completed all degree requirements thus may have their degree conferral pending for a period of time until the next commencement. Such student may request a letter form the Office of the Dean, indicating that their requirements have been completed, iff need for employment application or other related purpose.

Additional Events

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Center City Grad Fairs

Dates: Wednesday & Thursday - April 15 & 16, 2020
Location: JAH Eakins Lounge, Locust Street
Time:
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A representative from Balfour will be present to take orders for class rings as well as graduation announcements.  You will also be able to pre-order your frame for your diploma.

For East Falls Programs please attend the East Falls Grad Fair

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

Post Commencement Reception

Dates: TBC
Location:  TBC
Time:
Immediately following the commencement ceremony