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Generations - April 2023

Letter from the Editor

Parents’ Guide to Advising and Registration for Summer and Fall 2023

Advising and registration for summer and fall 2023 is coming up! Advising started March 20 and ended April 7. All current students plan and register their summer and fall courses in Student Self Service with the help of their advisors. New incoming students will be registered by their advisors and departments. 

Registration period: April 17–30, 2023

Students’ registration start times are assigned based on class level and the number of credits they’ve completed. For example, most seniors begin registration Monday, April 17, while first-year students begin registration on Thursday, April 20. 

Every student is assigned two advisors: one academic advisor in the Advising Center and one faculty advisor in their major. Students’ advisors are listed in Student Self Service.

Both faculty and academic advisors will contact students about advising, and students may reach out to their advisors anytime. 

Summer is a great time for students to catch up, get ahead or spend some extra time learning and earning credits. Summer 2023 courses will be offered July 5–Aug. 8, and students can register for them along with their spring courses. Courses in Art History, Critical Dialogues, Business, and Psychology and Writing are available and offered at the special estimated rate of $645 per three-credit course. (Summer courses are not included in the academic year tuition). 

A complete guide to advising, registration and degree planning is available in the University Catalog’s Registration Overview. 

Advising & Registration Steps

  1. Students review their academic plan for their individual program and catalog year. (Academic plans provide a term-by-term recommended course sequence.)
  2. They review their ​​degree progress and course plan in Student Self Service.
  3. Registration or academic record holds are resolved. Some holds might prevent students from registering.
  4. Students plan their schedule for the upcoming term. 
  5. They then schedule to meet with their individual advisors. 
  6. Degree progress and course plans are reviewed by advisors.
  7. Finally, students register for planned course sections on or after their registration appointment time.

If your student has questions, encourage them to contact the Advising Center at

Student Leadership Awards

Our annual Student Leadership Awards are scheduled for April 18. We had over 60 students nominated for 12 awards (and some students were nominated for multiple awards!). They were nominated for these awards by faculty, staff and peers. At the Student Leadership Awards, we will honor all of the students that were nominated as well as announce the winners of each award. The ceremony will also include a few student performances, and we’ll inaugurate our new Student Union! All student nominees have been notified of their nomination via email.

Students were nominated in the following categories.

  • The Collaborator of the Year is presented to a student who exemplifies the spirit of collaboration and has made significant contributions to cross-disciplinary work this year.
  • The Excellence in Peer Mentorship Award recognizes a student who has consistently helped encourage and support students in their leadership development or who has supported students as they have begun their journeys at University of the Arts.
  • The Excellence in Service and Leadership in Performing Arts: This award goes to a student in a performing arts program that is consistently an exemplary leader and artist in their program. 
  • The Excellence in Service and Leadership in Visual Arts: This award goes to a student in a visual arts program that is an exemplary leader and artist in their program.
  • The Inclusive Excellence Award is presented to a student who has helped advocate for a more inclusive campus environment and world. The recipient for this award strives to bring matters of equity and social justice to light in their work, both inside and outside UArts.
  • The New Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a first- or second-year student who shows great potential for leadership. This potential may be evident through volunteering to take on a leadership role and/or demonstrating great initiative in a club or organization.
  • The New Student Organization of the Year Award honors an organization that has registered within the past two academic years. The recipient has taken the initiative to harness student interest and provide new programming opportunities to the UArts community.
  • The Orientation Team Member of the Year is presented to a first-year guide or an orientation coordinator who went above and beyond the expectations of their role and demonstrated exceptional care in all their efforts to welcome and orient new students to the UArts community.
  • The Organization of the Year Award is presented to the club or organization that strives to better the university and provide their peers with opportunities for both education and involvement, and whose members exhibit dedication and commitment to the goals of the group.
  • The Residential Assistant of the Year is presented to a resident assistant who went above and beyond the expectations of their role and demonstrated a high degree of care and dedication in all their efforts to support students living on campus.
  • The Student Employee of the Year is presented to a student employee who exceeds job expectations, goes above and beyond in the day-to-day operations of their department, and is deserving of the Student Employee of the Year recognition based on their performance on the job. 
  • The Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a student who demonstrates excellence in leadership, makes a positive impact on the university and is truly an inspiration to their peers. The recipient of this award shows vision, initiative and passion for their involvement, in and outside the classroom.

Overview of Move-out Process

To help you and your student prepare for finishing the semester and moving out of their residence hall, review details about the move-out process

An overview of the move-out process: Moving carts will be available to use to assist with the move-out process, and there will be large dumpsters available at select campus locations to dispose of any extra waste. Parking will be available at Juniper, Spruce and Furness halls from May 7 to 13 for the ease of loading your vehicle with your student’s items. If you and your student do not wish to keep any furniture you brought (such as a table, a futon, etc.), those items may not be disposed of in the dumpsters. Instead, make arrangements to remove them from campus and donate, sell or dispose of them elsewhere. 

When do the residence halls close? Residence halls close Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. All residents who are not graduating or participating in the graduation ceremony must vacate their residences by that date and time. All their items must be removed from the apartment, and they must clean the space and return their room and mail keys. Students who are participating in Commencement on Thursday, May 18, will be granted an extension to housing and may vacate their residence halls on Friday, May 19, by 3 p.m. Resident assistants will host floor meetings to go over all the important details about moving out of residence halls during the first week of May. 


For more information about residence hall closing, your student may reach out to their resident assistant or email

145th University of the Arts Commencement Ceremony

The Class of 2023 Commencement event will be celebrated Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Academy of Music, located at 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. 

The event will also be livestreamed, available to anyone on any device that has access to Wi-Fi, and will include the Commencement traditions that make UArts’ graduation unique: Awards will be bestowed on students and faculty; student performances will take place; a valedictory address will be given by a graduating student speaker; exceptional alumni will be honored; and we will confer honorary degrees to illustrious guests who will address our graduates.

If you have any questions about the event, visit UArts Commencement or email for more information. Your student should check out the Class of 2023 Canvas Classroom page for all the details they need. 

Important Dates for Graduates

  • May 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.: 15 Days to Graduation (drop-in event) 
    • Graduates pick up their regalia and tickets at the drop-in event at Hamilton Hall. This one-stop shop will give them everything they need and answer all their Commencement-related questions!
  • May 16, 8–10:30 p.m.: Commencement Cocktail
    • Graduation deserves a special celebration! They are invited to join us at the Bellevue for a night of cocktails and celebration. Registration is required.
  • May 17, 9–10 a.m.: Commencement Rehearsal at Hamilton Hall
    • For things to run as smoothly as possible, we ask all graduates to attend a rehearsal prior to graduation. Staff is on hand to answer any last-minute questions.
  • May 18, 9 a.m.: Commencement Lineup at Hamilton Hall
    • Graduates should be in their regalia and ready to go for the processional. 

Around Campus


School of Art: 2023 Thesis Events

Various dates and times


Sizzle: 2023 Thesis Exhibition

April 13–26
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 13, 5 p.m
Crane Arts Building, Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American St.

The School of Art is thrilled to present a group exhibition featuring the work of the Class of 2023 from the Craft and Material Studies, Fine Arts, and Photography programs. This group exhibition will take place at the Icebox Project Space, a major contemporary arts venue in Philadelphia.


MFA Book Arts & Printmaking Thesis Exhibition

April 21–May 16
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 5–7 p.m.
Hamilton Hall & Arronson Gallery
320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

The 2023 Book Arts and Printmaking MFA candidates will present their work in the Hamilton Hall lobby and Arronson Gallery. Artist books, handmade paper works, prints and installation work will be featured by artists Jingnan Cheng, Xue’er Gao, Grace Johnson and Bryn Ziegler.


Creative Writing Senior Reading

Saturday, May 6, 2–8 p.m.
Reception: 5 p.m.
Terra Hall, Ellen and Ronald Caplan Recital Hall (17th Floor)
211 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Senior Reading showcases our graduating class. Each student will read a selection from their thesis project: a book-length work of poetry, a short story or a novel. This year, we are graduating a large group of dedicated and talented writers working across the field of writing. At 5 p.m., we will pause for a reception in the lobby. Come celebrate our graduates with us!


School of Dance: Senior Thesis Works

April 11–16
Various times

Gershman Hall, YGym Dance Theater
401 S. Broad St.

The School of Dance presents four unique programs of senior thesis projects in the YGym Dance Theater. Virtual broadcasts of each program will also be shared.

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School of Music: Performances

Various dates and times
An RSVP is required.

Voice Department Tribute to the 2010s Concert

April 10, 2023
7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Caplan Recital Hall
211 S. Broad St.


Sax Quartet, Trombone Choir & Trumpet Choir Performance

Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.
Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court 
320 S. Broad St.


Composition Department Concert 

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Caplan Recital Hall
211 S. Broad St.


Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, Octonics & Handbell Ensemble Concert

Thursday, April 27, 8 p.m.
Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court 
320 S. Broad St.


Ira Brind School: 'Urinetown'

April 20–22
Terra Hall, Caplan Studio Theater
211 S. Broad St.


By Greg Kotis
Directed by Kikau Alvaro

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