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CPH Honors Convocation: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Performing Arts Center

Main University Commencement Ceremony: Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Liacouras Center

CPH Graduation Ceremony: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 9:30 am in the Liacouras Center


Graduation Speakers:

  • Dr. Thomas Farley, Philadelphia Commissioner of Health: Speaker at the College of Public Health graduation ceremony
  • Zachary Jacobs: Student speaker at the College of Public Health graduation ceremony

Important Information:

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

Upon review of your academic history, 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 of May 11. 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 on or after June 1, 2017, at

  • 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) and from CPH explaining how to RSVP online for the ceremonies. You must RSVP between February 20 and March 23. 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 130th Commencement Exercises on May 11 includes graduates from the entire university and lasts approximately 90 minutes. CPH’s graduation ceremony on May 12 is for College of Public Health and School of Social Work graduates only, also lasting approximately 90 minutes. 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

  • 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 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 July 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 graduating classes. Graduate students do 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 2016 semester meets the requirements shown at However, your March invitation is the confirmation of your eligibility.

  • How do I purchase academic regalia?

Graduates are required to wear the cap, gown, and hood 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

  • 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 May 11 Commencement Exercises. If you have any questions or problems related to your diploma, please e-mail

  • 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?

Our photographer will post photos online with instructions for purchase about a month after the ceremony. Please visit their website for details at and call them at 844-922-6343 with any questions.

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

Commencement tickets will be available during the week of April 24. Undergraduates are entitled to yearbooks, and all students are entitled to parking passes, and these will be available that week as well. You will be informed of pickup details closer to the date. If you have questions about the yearbook, please contact the Templar Yearbook staff at 215-204-7299 or

  • 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 should be directed to