135th Commencement Ceremony

Academy of Music

The 135th Commencement Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Academy of Music on the corner of Broad and Locust Streets on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

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April 17
Senior Portraits
9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Levitt Foyer, Gershman Hall
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Monday, May 6 — Friday, May 10, 2013
Commencement Ticket and Cap & Gown Distribution

10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
311 Gershman Hall

Each graduate is eligible to pick up four tickets for guests to view the Commencement Ceremony in the Academy of Music during this week. A student ID is required for pick up.

*If additional guests would like to view the ceremony, live streaming will be available in Caplan Recital Hall located on the 17th floor of Terra. No ticket required.

If there are tickets left after May 10, we will hold a ticket lottery after 5:30 p.m. and notify students via email. Please check your UArts e-mail for the announcement and reply by the deadline (Monday, May 13, 9 a.m.) to enter the ticket lottery. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via UArts e-mail before 5 p.m. on 5/13.

Monday, May 13, 2013
7pm - 10 pm
Wine & Cheese Party
The Conservatory at the Bellevue Hotel
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Master’s Degree Hooding Ceremonies

At the Ceremony, graduate students will receive their master's hood to be worn at Commencement Exercises on May 16. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
3 p.m.
Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor
Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad Street

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
3 p.m.
The Arts Bank
601 S. Broad Street

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)

9 a.m.
Hamilton Hall

College Awards Ceremonies
Award recipients will be informed by their Colleges in May

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Graduates Line Up

9:30 a.m.
Hamilton Hall
Processional begins at 10 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony
10:30 a.m.
Academy of Music
Doors will open for guests at 9:15 a.m.; for best seating, arrive early

Post-Ceremony Reception
12:30 p.m.
Hamilton Hall

Sonesta Hotel (formerly Crown Plaza Philadelphia) offers all University of the Arts students, families, faculty and friends a 25% discount off Best Available Rates. Located at 1800 Market Street, Phila. For reservations, call 1-800-SONESTA and request "Sonesta Corporate Preferred" rate or book the discounted rate online.

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Contact Student Affairs in Gershman Hall, Room 311 at 215-717-6617 or studentaffairs@uarts.edu.



The 134th Commencement Ceremony, held May 17, 2012, featured award-winning author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman, who delivered the keynote address and received an HDFA. Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Cartoonist Tony Auth also received an HDFA, while alumnae Hilary Clark BFA '98 (Modern Dance) and Alina Wheeler BFA '70 (Illustration) were honored with the Silver Star Alumni Award.

Read more about the 134th Commencement >>

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Academy of Music
Broad and Locust Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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