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

The Commencement ceremony took place at 10:30 a.m. View the on-demand stream below.

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 eligible graduate is invited 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 and in Caplan Recital Hall located on the 17th floor of Terra. No ticket required.

Commencement Cocktail - Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
7:30 -10:30 p.m.
Hyatt at The Bellevue, 200 South Broad Street
Office of Student Life, (Gershman Hall, 3rd fl) is selling $25 tickets for Commencement Cocktail, the celebration for the class of 2017. Included in the ticket is wine, beer, mineral water, soda, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. If you'd like to pay with a credit card, please do so at Student Financial Services, and then bring your receipt to Gershman 309 to pick up your ticket. If you'd like to bring a guest, you can purchase their ticket at the same time or at a later date. 

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.

Master's Hooding - 2 PM, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th fl Terra Hall, 211 So Broad Street

CAMD & Continuing Studies
Master's Hooding - 4 PM, Arts Bank Theatre + Cabaret, 601 So Broad Street

CAMD Awards Ceremonies 
CAMD, School of Film, April 30th, 5 pm - 7 pm, Viewing + Reception, Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium, 401 So Broad Street
CAMD, Core Studies, May 4th, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Terra Hall, Board Rm 905, 211 So Broad Street
CAMD, School of Art, May 8th, 10 am - 12 pm, Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium, 401 So Broad Street
CAMD, School of Design, May 9th, 2 pm, Connelly Auditorium 8th fl, Terra Hall, 211 So Broad Street
CAMD, School of Illustration, May 10th, 5 pm - 7 pm, Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium, 401 So Broad Street

CPA Award Ceremonies
May 10, Caplan Recital Hall, 17th fl Terra Hall, 211 So Broad Street
CPA, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, 10:30 am
CPA, School of Dance, 11:30 am
CPA, School of Music, 12:30 am

Division of LIBERAL ARTS Award Ceremonies
May 10, 12 pm
Creative Writing, Writing for Film & Television
 + Film Studies
Location will be sent directly to those individuals receiving awards 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
10:00 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. Students begin processional from Hamilton Hall to Merriam Theatre promptly at 10 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. seated start time.

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