The 136th Commencement Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Academy of Music on the corner of Broad and Locust Streets on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.


Note to students, faculty and staff: Please log in to the Portal to view additional valuable information about Commencement. Click on Student Affairs and then on the Commencement page.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Senior Portraits
9 AM to 4 PM
Gershman Hall Levitt Foyer
Reserve your time slot for your senior portrait by contacting Life Touch at or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (1-800-687-9327) using school code 4000. $5.00 sitting fee applies.


Monday, May 5 — Friday, May 9, 2014
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 9, we will hold a ticket lottery and notify students via email. Please check your UArts e-mail for the announcement and reply by the deadline (Monday, May 12, 9 a.m.) to enter the ticket lottery. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via UArts e-mail before 5 p.m. on May 12.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Master’s Degree Hooding Ceremonies
Graduate students are presented by their directors and receive their master's hoods to be worn at Commencement exercises on May 15. 

3 p.m. 
CAMD Master's Hooding - Levitt Auditorium
CPA   Master's Hooding - Caplan Recital Hall


Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)

9 a.m.
Hamilton Hall


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


Thursday, May 15, 2014
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
Drinks, light snacks, and live music.



UArts School Ring, Diploma Frames, and other memorabilia

You can order your UArts school ring, diploma frames, and other memorabilia from the University of the Arts School Store.
You can order customized Commencement announcements directly from our supplier:
Please note: Commencement announcements make take 2-3 weeks to print and a week to ship, so order early!


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



The 135th Commencement Ceremony, held May 16, 2013, featured Tony Award-nominated playwright and screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane ("Cinderella," "Sister Act," "Xanadu"), who delivered the keynote address and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (HDFA) degree. Also receiving an HDFA was Professor Emeritus Kenneth Hiebert, founder of the UArts Graphic Design department. Other honorees included Silver Star Alumni Award recipients Kate Flannery BFA '87 (Acting), who has starred for the past decade as Meredith on NBC's hit comedy "The Office," and Jayson Scott Musson BFA '02 (Photography), best known as his YouTube alter-ego "Hennessy Youngman." UArts Trustee Emeritus Irvin J. Borowsky received the University's inaugural Distinguished Service Award.


Read more about the 135th Commencement >>


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