Arcadia University's Undergraduate Commencement

Our 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The ceremony will be available for on-demand viewing.

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Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2–6 p.m. Senior Knight, Commons Great Room. Pick up your cap,  gown and study abroad sashes
  • Wednesday, May 15, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Mandatory Rehearsal, Commons Great Room. Contact Student Affairs in advance at commencement@arcadia.edu if you are unable to attend.
  • Thursday, May 16, 8:30–11:30 p.m.: Undergraduate Farewell Celebration, Commons. Graduating students: Please invite your family and friends to join us in a special evening of celebration.
  • Friday, May 17, 9:00 a.m.: Undergraduate Student Line-up, Commons Great Room (access for graduates only).
  • Friday, May 17, 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, Haber Green (no tickets needed). In case of severe weather, Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium (admission by ticket only).

Instructions for Graduating Students

Current full-time and part-time seniors who have fulfilled all academic/major requirements, and those who completed their degrees in August or December 2018 are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Commencement begins promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019.

All undergraduate students participating in the Commencement ceremony should check in and be present in the Great Room for line up by 9:00 a.m. ONLY graduating students participating in the ceremony should be in the Great Room on Commencement morning. Please direct family and friends to seating areas.

If you are a graduating student who requires special accommodations to participate in the Commencement ceremony, please contact Dana Davies in Student Affairs at 267-620-4117.

If you are unable to attend Commencement, you must notify the Registrar’s Office, at 215-572-2931 immediately in order to receive your degree in absentia. Please provide the address where your diploma should be mailed.

Undergraduate Commencement Caps and Gowns

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Ordering Undergraduate Commencement Attire

Commencement attire includes a black cap, black gown, hood and tassel. If you plan to participate in Commencement, you must order your attire at www.arcadia.edu/UG-attire-form

International Sashes

Arcadia has a tradition of recognizing the international experiences of graduating students by allowing them to wear a colorful sash over their graduation robe. Anyone who EARNED CREDIT for an international experience while studying at Arcadia is eligible. Experiences include:

  • Preview 
  • FYSAE 
  • Global Field Study
  • ID Course
  • Model United Nations
  • International rotation or practicum
  • Summer, Semester, or Academic Year study abroad.

To place an order, submit 2019 Commencement International Sash Order Form. Questions?  Contact Allison DeNoble, Office of International Programs, at denoblea@arcadia.edu.

DEADLINE:  No orders will be accepted after March 18, 2019.

Honorary Degree Recipient

Michael Brown, M.D.

A leading physician scientist, Dr. Brown was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1985 with his scientific partner, Dr. Joseph Goldstein, for their work concerning the regulation of cholesterol metabolism. The two began their collaboration in 1971, when they discovered the low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor, which controls the level of cholesterol in blood and in cells. They showed that mutations in the LDL receptor gene causes Familial Hypercholesterolemia– a genetic disorder that can lead to premature heart attacks as early as 3 years of age. Their discoveries enabled the development of statin drugs, which millions of people take to regulate cholesterol in the blood. For their work, Drs. Brown and Goldstein also received the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1988.

Dr. Brown is a member of some of the most prestigious science organizations in the country, including the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, to which he was elected in 1980. He is also active in the American Academy of Arts and Science, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London.

During a visit to Arcadia University in 2013, Dr. Brown discussed his and Dr. Goldstein’s work and the importance of mentorship in his “How to Win a Nobel Prize” presentation. He also accounted for the importance of a supportive spouse, recognizing the part that his wife and Arcadia alumna Alice Lapin Brown ’64 played in his scientific successes.

Dr. Brown and Alice Lapin Brown live in Dallas, Tex., where he is director of the Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. From 1968 to 1971, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health under Dr. Earl R. Stadtman, a pioneer in enzyme regulation. Dr. Brown graduated from Cheltenham High School.  He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1962, a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1966, and an honorary Doctor Of Science degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

Picking Up Your Cap and Gown for Undergraduate Commencement

Cap and gown distribution will begin at Senior Knight in the Commons Great Room on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 1, after that date, please stop by the University Relations office at 16 Forsythe Avenue to pick up your regalia.  Pick ups can be done Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm until May 15.

If you cannot pick up your Commencement attire and tickets at the scheduled times, we will work to accommodate your schedule. Please email commencement@arcadia.edu to make alternate arrangements.

Recycling Your Cap and Gown/Picking Up Your Diploma

Graduates may keep their academic attire or they may recycle it in the Commons Great Room immediately following the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony.  Diplomas will be available for pickup in the Commons Great Room immediately following the ceremony.

At the Ceremony

Undergraduate Commencement Tickets

The University uses an online ticketing system. Graduates will receive email notification and instructions when the site becomes available in April. Tickets are used solely in the case of inclement weather and can be reserved here (ticket order site will be open on April 1).

  • PLEASE NOTE: Graduates participating in the ceremony may request two (2) guest tickets via the online order form. These tickets will allow regular indoor seating should inclement weather force the ceremony inside. Please note that the University is unable to replace lost or forgotten tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket for the ceremony.
  • The University does not maintain a waiting list for graduates wanting additional tickets. Any graduate who desires additional tickets is encouraged to locate another graduate not planning to use his/her ticket allotment.
  • To accommodate guests without tickets, the ceremony will be simulcast live in several locations on campus. All simulcast locations are accessible to those with special needs. Guests without tickets will not be permitted to enter the Kuch Center but will be directed to simulcast locations when they arrive on campus. The ceremony may also be seen live on www.arcadia.edu.
Guest Seating for Undergraduate Commencement

Seating begins outside on Haber Green at 9:15 a.m for family members and guests, weather permitting. Tickets are not needed for outdoor seating.

In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in the Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium, doors will open at 8:30am. Since indoor seating is limited, only those guests with tickets will be granted entrance to the gym. The final decision regarding location will be made on the day of the ceremony. 

Special Needs Seating for Undergraduate Commencement

Designated seating for guests with special needs can be requested when completing the online ticket order form. Guests with special needs can be dropped off at the Walk of Pride where they can await transport by golf cart to the ceremony site. 

Beverages

No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the Commencement ceremony.

Photography

Professional photographers from Island Photography will photograph each graduate twice as they are recognized during the ceremony. Graduates will be asked to complete a photo request card when picking up commencement attire. Graduates will be emailed a secure link and a PIN to view and order photos and will also receive color proofs via mail. There is no obligation to purchase. 

We request that photography and videotaping be respectful of all aspects of the ceremony: Aisles should not be blocked; sight lines for others should not be compromised; and, access to the stage is limited to graduates only.

Parking

One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus. When you arrive on campus (we recommend entering campus from Church Road), you will be directed to a parking area immediately. Once parked, you will not be permitted to drive on campus or exit until the ceremony is under way. If Arcadia’s parking lots are full, you will be directed to park at Cheltenham High School. Shuttles will be available between Cheltenham High School and Arcadia University.

Flowers and Gifts

Visit the Campus Bookstore on campus or online for all your graduate's needs, from announcements to diploma frames and so much more. 

To pre-order flowers for the big day, please visit thecommencementgroup.com/arcadia.

Additional Participation

LAVENDER CEREMONY

The 2019 Lavender Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 3 at 7:00pm in the University Commons Great Room.  

This ceremony is an annual tradition held at many campuses across the country and began at Arcadia in 2018. The event creates time to acknowledge the LGBTQIA+ and gender-non conforming students graduating  with Arcadia's class of 2019, and is a celebration of the unique and supportive community we have on campus. This includes bachelor's and master's students and their guests - the event is not open to the general public. The ceremony will consist of speakers, student recognition, and refreshments. Here, each student will receive a lavender cord (to keep). At commencement, those who are comfortable openly identifying with the community can wear their lavender cord with their commencement regalia. There will not be an awards ceremony this year.

Please RSVP by April 28, 2019 https://forms.gle/GAdfgyPcHMHQX1scA.

The 17th Annual ALANA and INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECOGNITION CEREMONY

for December 2018 and May 2019 Graduates
May 11, 2019 at 1pm

The Commons Great Room

"The annual ALANA and International Student Recognition Ceremony is one in which Arcadia University recognizes and celebrates its graduates of African, Latino, Asian, Native American (ALANA) descent and those of International status and their journeys toward earning their college degree (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels).  Such recognition is of utmost importance for ALANA and International students, especially at predominantly and historically white institutions where their names and faces may often go unnoticed, and their stories and histories may go untold.  Student participation in this ceremony is optional and each is presented with a stole representative of their nationality or racial or ethnic heritage."   - Judith Dalton, Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity