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138th Commencement Ceremony, May 10, 2016
Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street

Commencement Ticket and Cap & Gown Distribution - April 25-29, 2016
10 am - 5 pm
Gershman Hall, Room 311
During this week, each graduate is eligible to pick up three tickets for guests to view the Commencement Ceremony in Merriam Theater at 250 S. Broad Street. A student ID is required for pick up. If additional guests would like to view the ceremony, live streaming will be available online (click webcast link below) and in Caplan Recital Hall located on the 17th floor of Terra. No ticket required.

Master’s Degree Hooding Ceremonies, May 9, 2016
Graduate students are presented by their directors and receive their master's hoods to be worn at Commencement exercises on May 10, 2016.

CAMD & Continuing Studies
Master's Hooding - 3 pm, May 9, Arts Bank, 601 South Broad Street
Master's Hooding - 3 pm, May 9, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th floor, Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street

Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Monday, May 9, 2016
9 a.m.
Hamilton Hall

College Awards Ceremonies
CAMD, School of Film, May 1, 6 p.m., Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
CAMD, Core Studies, May 5, 5:30 p.m., Terra Hall, Rm 905
CAMD, School of Art, May 9, 10 a.m., Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
CAMD, School of Design, May 9, 2 p.m., Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall, 8th floor
CAMD, School of Illustration, May 9, 5 p.m., Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall

CPA, School of Theatre, May 9, 11 a.m., Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor, Terra Hall
CPA, School of Dance, May 9, 12 p.m., Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor, Terra Hall
CPA, School of Music, May 9, 1 p.m., Caplan Recital Hall, 17th Floor, Terra Hall 

LIBERAL ARTS, Creative Writing, Writing for Film & Television + Film Studies - Those individuals receiving awards will be contacted directly by the Dean's office. 

*Award recipients will be informed by their respective Colleges in May 2016. For more specific info, please contact the CPA or CAMD Deans Office directly

Graduates Line Up - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Hamilton Hall
Processional begins at 10:15 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19102
Doors will open for guests at 9:15 a.m.; for best seating, arrive early

Post-Ceremony Reception - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 
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!


Contact The Office of Student Affairs in Gershman Hall, Room 311 at 215-717-6617 or


The 137th Commencement Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Innovative cartoonist and author Lynda Barry delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2015 and received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Brittanie Michelle Richardson BFA '09 (Acting), founder and executive director of Art and Abolition, and Piper Shepard BFA '85 (Fibers), a longtime faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art, received Silver Star Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Read more about the 137th Commencement >>

Watch the webcast >>