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139th Commencement Ceremony, May 11, 2017
Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street

Senior Portraits - April 19th & 26th, 2017
9 AM - 4 PM, Gershman Hall, Levitt Foyer
Reserve your time slot for your senior portrait by contacting or call 1-800-OUR-YEAR™ (1-800-687-9327) Use school code 4000

Commencement Ticket and Cap & Gown Distribution - April 24-28, 2017
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, Wednesday, May 10th 2017
Graduate students are presented by their directors and receive their master's hoods to be worn at Commencement exercises on May 11, 2017.

CAMD & Continuing Studies
Master's Hooding - 2 PM, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th fl, Terra Hall, 211 So Broad Street
Master's Hooding - 4 PM, Arts Bank + Cabaret, 601 So Broad Street

College Awards Ceremonies May 8th - 10th, 2017
CAMD, School of Film, Date, Time & Location, TBD
CAMD, Core Studies, Date, Time & Location, TBD
CAMD, School of Art, Date, Time & Location, TBD
CAMD, School of Design, Date, Time & Location, TBD
CAMD, School of Illustration, Date, Time & Location, TBD

CPA, School of Theatre, Date, Time & Location, TBD
CPA, School of Dance, Date, Time & Location, TBD
CPA, School of Music, Date, Time & Location, TBD 

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 2017. For more specific info, please contact the CPA Deans office at or CAMD Deans Office at 215.717.6024 directly

Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Weds, May 10, 2017
9 a.m.
Hamilton Hall

Graduates Line Up - Thursday, May 11, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Hamilton Hall
Processional begins at 10:15 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony - Thursday, May 11, 2017
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 - Thursday, May 11, 2017 
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 138th Commencement Ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 10th 2016, in The Merriam Theatre on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.

Pulitzer, Tony and Emmy award winning composer, musical director, conductor, arranger and musician Tom Kitt delivered the keynote address at the University of the Arts' 138th Commencement ceremony, held May 10 at the University’s Merriam Theater on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. The Pulitzer, Tony and Emmy award winner also received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (HDFA) degree from UArts President David Yager, who presided over the celebration. This was Yager’s first commencement ceremony as the University’s new president.

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