Arcadia University's Undergraduate Commencement

Our 2018 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 18, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The ceremony will be available for on-demand viewing.

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Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2–6 p.m. Senior Knight, Commons Great Room. Pick up your cap,  gown and study abroad sashes
  • Wednesday, May 16, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Undergraduate Commencement Rehearsal, Commons Great Room. Contact Student Affairs in advance at 215-572-2933 or if you are unable to attend.
  • Thursday, May 17, 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 18, 9:00 a.m.: Undergraduate Student Line-up, Commons Great Room (access for graduates only).
  • Friday, May 18, 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 2017 are eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Commencement begins promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

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.

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 complete this 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 Sash Order Form. Contact Cheryl Lewis, Office of International Affairs, with questions at

We STRONGLY urge you to request a copy of your responses after filling out this form. This will avoid any confusion or lost orders. DEADLINE: No orders will be accepted after March 30, 2018.

Honorary Degree Recipient

G. Hanks Brown, J.D.
Honorary Doctor of Humanities

In 2017-18, Mr. Brown served as interim president of Arcadia University, providing steadfast leadership during a transitional year. Prior to his work at Arcadia, he served as president of the University of Colorado (2005-08), president of the Daniels Fund (2002-05), and president of the University of Northern Colorado (1998-2002).

Mr. Brown represented Colorado as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1991 to 1997, and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991. In the Senate, Mr. Brown chaired both the Middle East Subcommittee and the Constitutional Law Subcommittee, authored legislation expanding NATO membership to central European nations, established the first formal accounting system for the federal government, and authored Colorado’s first wild and scenic river designation and the first water heritage area.

Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Navy as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam, where he earned several decorations, including the Air Medal with two Gold Stars. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in law from George Washington University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Hank and his wife, Mrs. Nan Brown, have three children: Harry, Christy, and Lori; and five grandchildren: Harry, Lilly, Lucy, George Hanks, and John Hanks.

Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

Picking Up Your Cap and Gown for Undergraduate Commencement

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 2, and will continue during specially designed hours in the Student Affairs Conference Room (University Commons, 2nd Floor) until Tuesday, May 8. Specially designed hours will be provided at a later date. 

If you cannot pick up your Commencement attire and tickets at the scheduled times, we will work to accommodate your schedule. Please email 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.

  • 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
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. 


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

Visit the Templeton 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

Additional Participation


Thursday, May 17 at 1:00pm in Stiteler Auditorium.  This ceremony is an annual tradition held at many campuses across the country and coming to Arcadia for the first time.  The event creates time to acknowledge the LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming students graduating with Arcadia's class of 2018, and is a celebration of the unique and supportive community we have on campus.  For more information and to RSVP, please go here.