Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Commencement 2018 Overview for the
Jefferson College of
Biomedical Sciences

Dear Members of the Graduating Class of 2018

Faculty in commencement robes

Congratulations on the achievement of your degree from Thomas Jefferson University! The Commencement Exercises are scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The Ceremony will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, located at 260 South Broad Street, just mere minutes from campus. To find out more information about this venue, please visit their Web site. The joint ceremony will consist of the conferral for all degrees from the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, Jefferson College of Public Health and the graduates from the Jefferson Medical College, and will last approximately until 12:30 p.m.

We ask that graduates to report to the Kimmel Center, by 7:45 a.m. on the morning of Commencement, so that they may participate in an actual dress rehearsal of the Commencement Ceremony. Graduates will first check into their program-specific robing rooms for correct marching order, help with robing, and name announcement verifications.  A continental breakfast will also be provided for the graduates in each of the robing rooms. Please enter the Kimmel Center at the security entrance located at 15th & Delancey Streets.

The doors to the Kimmel Center will open for guests to enter into the lobby area at approximately 9:20 a.m. Around 9:45 a.m., family and friends will be allowed to enter and be seated in Verizon Hall. The entrance to the Kimmel Center Parking Garage is located just south of the Broad Street entrance to the building, and may only be accessed by cars traveling south on Broad Street. In addition, there are many other parking lots available to use on the day of this event, please go to the Kimmel Center site for further information.

There are accommodations at the Kimmel Center for Special Seating or Handicapped Accessible Requests. Requests are due into the University Office of the Registrar by March 1, 2018 and provisions are limited. If your circumstances have changed after the March 1, 2018 deadline and you now need to request special seating please send an email immediately to Please note, neither Thomas Jefferson University nor the Kimmel Center can provide, loan or rent wheelchairs for guests with special needs. Medical supply companies in the area can assist with acquiring one if needed.

We look forward to commemorating this milestone in your life and wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Important Ticket Information

All students who will be attending the 2013 Commencement ceremony will receive four tickets for their guests. Students will be notified by email if more tickets become available. With the assigned seating at the Kimmel Center, only the first four tickets are guaranteed to be seated together. Cap and Gown and Commencement Ticket Distribution takes place on on April 11 and 12, 2018 in the JAH Atrium from 3:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. each day. 

Please be advised that any remaining outstanding obligations with the University (Exit Interview, tuition balance, etc.) must be satisfied before receiving your diploma.

If you are not able to pick up these items in-person, you may authorize another individual to do so for you. The person picking up your tickets must have your written/signed permission and provide a photocopy of your Jefferson ID card to obtain tickets on your behalf.

We are happy to announce the post-commencement ceremony reception will be held under the tent in Lubert Plaza (outside the Hamilton Building), weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will be held in Jefferson Alumni Hall.

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact