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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.

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Senior Portraits - April 6 & 13, 2016
9 AM - 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.

Commencement Ticket and Cap & Gown Distribution - May 2 - 6, 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 Verizon Hall, in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 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 
Graduate students are presented by their directors and receive their master's hoods to be worn at Commencement exercises on May 12th, 2016.

CAMD Master's Hooding - TIME, DATE TBD
CPA Master's Hooding - TIME, DATE TBD

Commencement Rehearsal (required for all graduates)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
9 a.m.
Hamilton Hall

College Awards Ceremonies

CAMD, School of Illustration 

Date: TBD
Liberal Arts

CPA, School of Music
CPA, School of Dance
CPA, School of Theatre

CAMD, School of Art
CAMD, School of Design
CAMD, School of Film 

*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 - Thursday, May 12, 2016
9:30 a.m.
Hamilton Hall
Processional begins at 10:15 a.m.

Commencement Ceremony -Thursday, May 12, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Location TBD
Doors will open for guests at 9:15 a.m.; for best seating, arrive early

Post-Ceremony Reception -Thursday, May 12, 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