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Commencement FAQs

All correspondence regarding graduation and Commencement exercises will be sent to your Jefferson administered student e-mail account. We cannot e-mail your personal accounts. It is recommended that you check your Jefferson e-mail regularly.

There are two different venues for Commencement ceremonies. Be sure to download the Commencement Guide for more detailed information for your Commencement.


Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:00 am

College Level Program(s)
Jefferson College of Health Professions Undergraduate & Graduate ALL
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences Undergraduate & Graduate ALL


Thursday, May 14, 2020, 2:30 pm

College Level Program(s)
Jefferson School of Continuing and Professional Studies Undergraduate & Graduate ALL
Jefferson College of Life Sciences Undergraduate Only ALL
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce Undergraduate & Graduate ALL


Friday, May 15, 2020, 10:30 am

College Level Program(s)
Jefferson College of Nursing Undergraduate & Graduate ALL



Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 10:00 am

College Level Program(s)
Jefferson College of Life Sciences Graduate Only ALL
Sidney Kimmel Medical College Graduate Medicine


Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 2:30 pm

College Level Program(s)
Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment Undergraduate & Graduate ALL
Jefferson College of Humanities & Sciences Undergraduate & Graduate ALL
Jefferson College of Pharmacy Graduate ALL
Jefferson College of Population Health Graduate ALL


Please note that only students who have earned an Associate’s Degree or higher participate in the commencement ceremonies.

Since Jefferson must rely on outside venues to host their Commencement exercises, we must schedule Commencement on the dates that are made available to us by the Convention Center and the Kimmel Center.  Unfortunately, this means that some years, Commencement cannot be held on or around a weekend.

In order for your name to be listed in the Commencement Program, you MUST fill out an online graduation application no later than the second week in January 2020.

Tickets are required for everyone over two years of age. Children under two must sit on someone’s lap.

Though lengths may vary, each ceremony typically lasts between 1½ hours to 2 hours.

All students are guaranteed to receive four (4) guest tickets to the Commencement ceremony. You will be notified at the beginning of March if there is an opportunity to request an additional one to two tickets.

Commencement held for colleges at the Kimmel Center is assigned seating only. Seating at the Convention Center is unassigned. 

Tickets for your ceremony will be handed out to you along with your regalia at your Grad Fair.

Upon completing the online graduation application, you will be prompted to fill out your Regalia Order Form. This should be done no later than mid-January 2020. You will then be notified about picking up your cap and gown at the Grad Fair which is hosted in the spring.

For safety reasons, children and infants will not be allowed to accompany graduates on stage. Please arrange for family and friends to care for children at the ceremony.

If you are not able to attend the Grad Fair, you must appoint a classmate/friend/family member to pick up your materials for you. They must have a copy of your student ID in order to do this. Another option is to pick up your regalia from the Registrar’s office starting the week following the Grad Fair.

Students are not charged for their Commencement regalia.

If you are unsure that you will be able to attend Commencement, please RSVP “undecided” on your graduation application, however please be sure to still order your regalia in the event that you change your mind, we will have all necessary information to get you regalia. 

If you decide NOT to attend commencement, and replied “undecided” or “yes” on your graduation application, please email us letting us know at by March 1, 2020.

For Spring 2020 graduates, your diploma will be available for pick up immediately following your graduation ceremony. Please remember to bring a photo ID with you to authorize the release of your diploma.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony or your graduation date is for the Summer or Winter semester, your diploma will be mailed to you approximately four to six weeks following your official graduation date.  They will be Federal Expressed to the address indicated on your Graduation Application.  

Your diploma will be sent to the mailing address that you indicate on your graduation application. Please be aware that FedEx does NOT deliver to P.O. Box addresses.

Please advise the University Office of the Registrar ( no later than March 1, 2020 if any of your guests will need handicapped seating. If your circumstances have changed after the March 1st deadline and you need to request special seating, please send an email immediately to

At the Kimmel Center, 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.

If you will be attending the ceremony at the Convention Center and require wheelchair equipment, a limited amount will be available.  They cannot be reserved in advance and are available on a first come first serve basis.  A valid driver's licence must be given, which will be returned once the wheelchair is returned.  Please note:  Thomas Jefferson University is not responsible for the wheelchair equipment.  They are Convention Center property.

Please visit Photo & Video web page on this site for information regarding Commencement photos and videos.

Please visit Graduation Accessories web page on this site for information on ordering graduation accessories. Note that the Registrar’s office does not provide graduation announcements for students however there will be ring and diploma frame vendors at all Grad Fairs. The Jefferson Book Store will have a table set up at each graduation with memorabilia.

The East Falls Grad Fair will offer the following:  graduation portrait photography;  a chance to buy a diploma frame, class jewelry and announcements; an opportunity to sign the class banner and to record your name so that it will be pronounced correctly at your Commencement ceremony.  You will also be able to meet with Career Services, Graduate Admissions, and the Alumni Relations Office.  Please visit the Jefferson Campus Store for more information. 

Jostens will be selling class rings and jewelry at the East Falls Kanbar Campus Center, near Ted's, on October 15 & 16 and December 3 & 4, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


You will need to bring a valid photo ID in order to pick up your diploma following the ceremony.

Please send an email to for Center City and for East Falls.