Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Frequently Asked Questions

All correspondence regarding graduation and commencement exercises will be sent to your Jefferson administered student e-mail account. We cannot e-mail your personal accounts. It is recommended that you check your Jefferson e-mail regularly.

Jefferson College of Health Professions, Jefferson College of Pharmacy:
Monday, May 22, 2017  10:00am

Jefferson College of Nursing:
Monday, May 22, 2017 2:00pm

Sidney Kimmel  Medical College, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, and Jefferson College of Population Health:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017  10:30am

Since Thomas Jefferson University must rely on outside venues to host their commencement exercises, we must schedule commencement on the dates that are made available to us by the Kimmel Center. Unfortunately, this means that some years, Commencement cannot be held on or around a weekend.

In order for your name to be listed in the Commencement Program, you MUST fill out an online graduation application no later than January 1, 2017.

Tickets are required for everyone over two years of age. Children under two must sit on someone’s lap.

Though lengths may vary, each ceremony typically lasts between 1½ hours to 2 hours.

All students are guaranteed to receive 4 guest tickets to the commencement ceremony. You will be notified at the beginning of March if there is an opportunity to request an additional one to two tickets.

Commencement will be held for all colleges at The Kimmel Center and only assigned seating is available.  Tickets for your ceremony will be handed out to you along with your regalia at your regalia fair.


For safety reasons, children and infants will not be allowed to accompany graduates on stage. Please arrange for family and friends to care for children at the ceremony.

Upon completing the online graduation application, you will be prompted to fill out your Regalia Order Form. This should be done no later than February 1, 2017. You will then be notified about picking up your cap and gown at the Regalia Fair which is hosted in the spring.

If you are not able to attend the Regalia Fair, you must appoint a classmate/friend/family member to pick up your materials for you. They must have a copy of your student ID in order to do this. Another option is to pick up your regalia from the Registrar’s office starting the week following the Regalia Fair.

Students are not charged for their Commencement regalia.

If you are unsure that you will be able to attend Commencement, please RSVP “undecided” on your graduation application however please be sure to still order your regalia in the event that you change your mind, we will have all necessary information to get you regalia. 

If you decide NOT to attend commencement, and replied “undecided” or “yes” on your graduation application, please email us letting us know at by March 1, 2017.

For Spring 2017 graduates, your diploma will be available for pick up immediately following your graduation ceremony. Please remember to bring a photo ID with you to authorize the release of your diploma. If you are unable to attend the ceremony or your graduation date is for the Summer or Winter semester, your diploma will be mailed to you approximately four to six weeks following your official graduation date.

Your diploma will be sent to the mailing address that you indicate on your graduation application. Please be aware that FedEx does NOT deliver to P.O. Box addresses.

Please advise the University Office of the Registrar ( no later than March 1, 2017 if any of your guests will need handicapped seating. If your circumstances have changed after the March 1st deadline and you 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.

Please visit Photo & Video web page on this site for information regarding commencement photos and videos.

Please visit Graduation Accessories web page on this site for information on ordering graduation accessories. Note that the Registrar’s office does not provide graduation announcements for students however there will be ring and diploma frame vendors at all regalia fairs.  The Jefferson Book Store will have a table set up at each graduation with memorabilia.

You will need to bring a valid photo ID in order to pick up your diploma following the ceremony.