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Commencement 2018 Overview for the Jefferson College of Pharmacy

Dear Members of the Graduating Class of 2018

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

The Commencement Exercises are scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts - just mere blocks from campus. To find out more information about this venue, please visit the Pennsylvania Convention Center web site. The ceremony will consist of the conferral of all degrees in the 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. Please enter The Kimmel Center from the 15th Street entrance located between Spruce and Locust on 15th Street.

Guests are advised to enter The Kimmel Center from the Broad Street entrance and wait in the lobby.  Guests will not be seated in Verizon Hall at approximately 9:15-9:30am.  Family and friends will have assigned seating and there will be ushers on hand to assist them  who will hand them a commencement booklet and assist them in identifying seating.

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 Convention 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 the 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.