Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Sidney Kimmel
Medical College

Commencement Information

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

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


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)


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



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

The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The Ceremony will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, located at 300 South Broad Street just mere minutes from campus. To find out more information about this venue, please visit their Web site. The joint ceremony will consist of the conferral for Graduate degrees from the Jefferson College of Life Sciences and the graduates from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and will last approximately until 12:00 p.m.

We ask that graduates 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.

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 Handicapped 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. 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 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

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 is on April 15 and 16 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 Thank you in advance.

Graduating in Absentia

Attendance at Commencement is mandatory for medical students, as it is considered the last curriculum obligation to fulfill. The only way a graduate may not attend the ceremony is if an exemption has been granted from the Office of the Dean.

For additional information, please contact the SKMC Office of Student Affairs at (215) 503-6988.

Additional Events

JMC Class Day

Grad Fairs

Dates: Wednesday & Thursday - April 15 & 16, 2020
JAH Eakins Lounge, Locust Street
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.

SKMC Class Day

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street First Floor, Connelly Auditorium
 5:30 pm
Event Details: 
The program honors graduating seniors and selected faculty members.
Mary Diehl

Family members and guests may take photographs/videos during the ceremony, however for logistical reasons we must ask that all aisles be kept clear throughout the ceremony. The University has photos taken during the ceremony by the Medical Media Services. For further information on how to view the pictures, cost, and ordering procedures, please contact Karen Kirchhoff of Jefferson's Medical Media Services or or

Post-Commencement Reception

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Location: Lubert Plaza, 1001 Locust Street
Time:  Immediately following Commencement ceremony