Undergraduate Commencement, May 20, 2016

Our 2016 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony took place on May 20. The ceremony is available for on-demand viewing.

View Commencement Webcast

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2–6 p.m. Senior Knight, Commons Great Room. Pick up caps, gowns and study abroad sashes
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2–4 p.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal, Kuch Center Gymnasium. Contact Student Affairs in advance at 215-572-2933 or commencement@arcadia.edu if you are unable to attend.
  • Thursday, May 19, 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 20, 9:30 a.m.: Undergraduate Student Line-up, Commons Great Room (access for graduates only).
  • Friday, May 20, 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 2015 are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.  Commencement begins promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

All undergraduate students participating in the Commencement ceremony should check in and be present in the Great Room for line up by 9:30 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.

At the Ceremony


The University is using an online ticketing system for this year's ceremony.  Graduates will receive email notification and instructions when the site becomes available in April.

  • 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

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 GymnasiumSince 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

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. 


No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the Commencement ceremony.


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.


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

To pre-order flowers or gifts for the big day, please visit:  https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/arcadia/

Undergraduate Caps and Gowns

Ordering Commencement Attire

Commencement attire includes a cap, gown, hood and tassel. If you plan to participate in Commencement, you must complete the 2016 Undergraduate Commencement Attire Order Form. Deadline for ordering is

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 Commencement Sash Order Form. Contact Kate Hanley, Office of International Affairs, with questions at hanleyk@arcadia.edu or 215.572.2867.

Picking Up Your Cap and Gown

Please note that it is your responsibility to resolve any outstanding financial issues with the One Stop Shop. Caps and gowns will not be distributed to those students with a balance in excess of $2,499.

Cap and gown distribution will begin in the Commons Great Room on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4, and will continue during regular business hours in the Student Affairs Conference Room (University Commons, 2nd Floor) until Tuesday, May 10. Please note that dates/times are dependent on delivery and are therefore subject to change.

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.

Returning Your Cap and Gown/Picking up Your Diploma

Please return your gown and hood to the Commons Great Room immediately following the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony. The cap and tassel are yours to keep. All academic attire must be returned by 2 p.m. on Commencement day.

Diplomas will be available for pickup in the Commons Great Room immediately following the ceremony.