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Commencement 2018 Overview for Jefferson College of Health Professions

Dear Members of the Graduating Class of 2018

Science grads

Congratulations on the achievement of your degree from Thomas Jefferson University!

The Commencement Exercises are scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Ceremony will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, located at 260 South Broad Street, just mere minutes from campus. The ceremony will consist of the conferral of all degrees in the Jefferson College of Health Professions, Jefferson College of Nursing and Jefferson College of Pharmacy, and will last approximately until 12:00 p.m.

We ask that graduates report to the Kimmel Center no later than 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. Light refreshments will also be provided for the graduates in each of the robing rooms. 

Guests are advised to enter Kimmel Center from the Broad and Spruce Street entrance and wait in the lobby until the doors for Verizon Hall open.  Guests will not be seated in the Verizon Hall until 9:15 a.m. 

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 1st and provisions are limited. If your circumstances have changed after the March 1st 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. 

Important Ticket Information

All students who will be attending the 2018 Commencement ceremony will receive four tickets for their guests. Students will be notified by email if more tickets become available. The Cap and Gown and Commencement Ticket Distribution will be April 9 & 10 in the JAH JAH Atrium from 11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. each day.

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 provide a photocopy of your Jefferson ID card to obtain tickets on your behalf.

For any additional questions or concerns, please contact Thank you in advance.