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Graduation 2019 Dates

Main University Commencement Ceremony: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Liacouras Center

College of Public Health Graduation Ceremony: Friday, May 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Liacouras Center

Honors Convocation for College of Public Health: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, time and location TBA

The Liacouras Center is located at 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121.

Graduation Speakers:

Keynote: Hon. Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners

Student speaker: Laura Baehr, DPT Class of 2019

Important Information

Ticketing Information

The RSVP/Ticketing website is open from Feb. 18, 2019 through March 21, 2019. Students should login to the Commencement website to order tickets and register for school/college Graduation Ceremonies.

Graduation Etiquette

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if I am NOT academically cleared to graduate?

Upon review of your academic history in response to your graduation application, if it is determined that you have NOT met all necessary degree requirements, you will be contacted directly by an academic advisor. You will be advised to change your prospective graduation date and to register for remaining classes.

How do I know if I AM academically cleared to graduate?

Please contact your departmental academic advisor (undergraduates) or program director (graduate students) to confirm your provisional clearance, pending spring grades. If you are cleared to graduate and do not have any holds on your record, you will receive your diploma approximately 12 weeks after the official conferral date. Because the graduation ceremonies take place before final spring grades are due, participation in the ceremonies is NOT an indication that you are officially cleared to graduate. Your final transcript with the posting of your degree is the official verification of graduation, provided you successfully complete all spring coursework, and you can order a transcript at http://www.temple.edu/registrar/alumnifamily/verification/transcripts.

Can I walk in the May ceremonies if I am graduating in August, not May?

You can petition to walk in the May ceremonies by following the directions in an e-mail you will receive via the College’s listserv in January. The petition specifies the requirements for walking. You will be informed in February whether or not your petition to walk has been approved.

How do I let Temple University and CPH know that I plan to attend the ceremonies?

You will receive an e-mail from Temple (if you’ve already graduated) or from CPH (if you expect to graduate in May) explaining how to RSVP online for the ceremonies. You must RSVP between February 18 and March 21. You will be asked to indicate the number of guests attending along with you.

What is the difference between University Commencement and the CPH graduation ceremony?

Temple University’s 131st Commencement Exercises on May 9 includes graduates from the entire university and lasts approximately 90 minutes. CPH’s graduation ceremony on May 10 is for College of Public Health and School of Social Work graduates only, lasting approximately two hours. At Commencement, students are not recognized individually by name, but only by college and degree. At the CPH ceremony, each student attending is recognized individually by the College’s Dean as he or she is called on stage by name. Also, a professional photographer will be present to capture each student’s important moment of achievement. The College will e-mail attending students with details on preparing for both ceremonies. Also, details on Commencement can be found at http://www.temple.edu/commencement/about/commencement.html.

Are tickets required for my guests at Commencement or at the CPH graduation ceremony?

Tickets are required for the university-wide Commencement. Students can request a maximum of 4 tickets for guests. No tickets are required for guests at the CPH graduation ceremony, although we do ask you to RSVP with an approximate number of guests. Seating is first come, first served for guests at both ceremonies.

If I need special accommodation for the ceremony, how do I request assistance?

If your questions aren’t answered by the information about accessibility referred to above, please contact cphgraduation@temple.edu with specific questions.

What is the Honors Convocation? How do I know if I am eligible to attend?

The Latin Honors Convocation is held in recognition of the top 16% in undergraduate cumulative GPA in the August 2018, December 2019 and May 2019 graduating classes. Graduate students do not receive Latin Honors. At the convocation, students’ names are called and they receive their Honors cords. If you are eligible, you will be notified by e-mail and letter in mid-March and will be given details on RSVP for convocation. You may be eligible if your cumulative GPA after the fall 2018 semester meets the requirements shown at http://bulletin.temple.edu/undergraduate/academic-policies/honors-academ..., your March invitation is the confirmation of your eligibility.

How do I purchase academic regalia?

Graduates are required to wear the gown, hood, cap and tassel appropriate for their degrees at both Commencement and the CPH ceremony. Information on ordering your regalia can be found under “Order Your Cap and Gown” at http://www.temple.edu/commencement/graduates/checklist.html.

Students may order regalia online to ship to their homes until April 25. Students may purchase regalia in person at the Temple University Bookstore starting April 22 through the day of Commencement.

Can I wear a plain black graduation robe this year instead of purchasing the new regalia that has a Temple T on it?

For this year only, students can wear plain black regalia robes.

Can I wear sashes, stoles and cords?

Students with cumulative GPAs among the top 16 percent of their graduating cohort may wear cords to recognize their academic achievements. Cords representing university honors, recognized academic honor societies and other university-approved honors programs are also approved. Students may only wear approved academic cords.

Students may also wear sashes and stoles that recognize their affiliation with university-approved athletic, service, academic, study abroad and international programs, as well as Greek organizations. Sashes cannot be longer than six feet or wider than five inches.

Students, advisors and other leaders may send requests for sash design approval to Patrick Hennessy at hennessy@temple.edu by March 29, 2019. Submitted requests will be reviewed and a communication will be sent if approved. Requests should include:

  • Name of requester
  • Contact email
  • Organization or affiliation
  • Name of advisor/leader
  • Type of item (sash or stole)
  • Description of item and proposed design
  • Website address (URL) of product to be ordered (photo or image of proposed sash required)

How will I receive my diploma?

If you are academically cleared and do not have holds on your record, the diploma will be mailed to the address you indicated on your graduation application approximately 12 weeks after the Commencement Exercises. If you have any questions or problems related to your diploma, please e-mail diploma@temple.edu.

When should holds be removed from my record?

Any hold—such as financial, academic, or disciplinary—should be removed well before graduation. For many holds, Temple will not release transcripts or diplomas until the hold is cleared. To determine whether you have any outstanding holds, visit Self-Service Banner, select Student, Student Records, and View Holds.

How can I purchase photographs of the CPH ceremony?

Legacy Photographics will take photographs of each graduate as they shake hands with their department head and as they exit the stage. There is no obligation to purchase pictures and each graduate will receive an email proof within 48 hours of the ceremony. In order to receive your proofs, you must register and provide your contact information. Failure to do so will result in your not receiving your picture proofs. For more information visit www.legacyphoto.com.

How do I receive my Commencement tickets, parking passes and yearbook?

Commencement tickets will be available during the week of April 22. Undergraduates are entitled to yearbooks, and all students are entitled to parking passes. These will be available the week of April 22 as well. You will be informed of pickup details closer to the date. If you have questions about photographs for the yearbook, please contact the Templar Yearbook staff at 215-204-7299 or templaryearbook@gmail.com.

Are there rehearsals for the ceremonies, and how will I know how to process in and recess out?

There are no rehearsals for either ceremony, but it will be important that you arrive at least an hour early to find out from faculty marshals and other staff how to conduct yourself before, during, and after the ceremony. It is expected that all students will consider these ceremonies both celebratory and solemn, and refrain from conduct unbecoming the honor being bestowed upon them. In particular, CPH expects that all students will remain for the entire CPH ceremony and recess with other graduates at its end. No students will be permitted to meet their guests by exiting the main entrance of the Liacouras Center on Broad Street. After the ceremony, students will exit the Liacouras Center ramp to the south of the entrance and meet their guests at the main entrance.

Additional questions not answered here should be directed to cphgraduation@temple.edu.