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    2019 Graduation and Commencement

    When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 1pm
    Where: The Liacouras Center

    Graduate Fair

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    Rec Gym, ARC
    USciences Campus

    Stop by and pick up your regalia, pick up extra tickets, check your name pronunciation, grab a quick snack, decorate your cap, and swing by the photo booth.

    Baccalaureate Service

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    McNeil STC, Room 145

    This interdenominational service is open to all graduating members of the USciences community.

    Commencement Award Breakfast

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    By invitation only.

    Commencement Ceremony

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 1pm
    The Liacouras Center
    1776 North Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19121

    All graduates will receive 4 graduation announcements and 8 admission tickets. They will be available in mid-April from the Deans' Offices (see contact information below.)

    About the Liacouras Center

    • Seating is first come, first serve.
    • Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony start time.
    • Balloons are not permitted.
    • Flowers are permissible in the Liacouras Center. We have made arrangements to have a vendor on site should you wish to purchase flowers before entering the arena.
    • Outside food and beverage are not permitted. Snack stands will be open prior and during the ceremony.
    • No Smoking—the Liacouras Center is a smoke-free facility.
    • No Re-Entry will be permitted. Once you enter the venue, you will not be allowed to exit and reenter.
    • Parking—please consult the Liacouras Center web site for a map of parking garages and fees.
    • For general directions to the venue, please consult the Liacouras Center web site.
    • The Liacouras Center is a stop on many public transportation routes, please consult the Liacouras Center website for details.

    Graduates with Disabilities

    Please inform us if you are unable to walk up or down stairs, are visually or hearing impaired. We can make arrangements to accommodate you and enable you to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Please contact Erika Lohbauer at 215-596-7465 or

    Legacy Society Information for Seating and Photos

    At USciences, legacy is defined as any individual – University student or alumnus – with a familial connection to another University student or alumnus, including those related by marriage.

    Alumni Relations is pleased to celebrate the long-standing tradition of generations of families who have attended University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with our Legacy Society.

    If any of your guests – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings – are alumni of USciences, then your party is eligible for Legacy Society benefits.

    We would like to offer seating in the reserved section to Legacy Society guests of our graduates.

    We also offer a photo opportunity on campus to Legacy Society guests.  The photo opportunity is available in the lobby of the McNeil STC, by the Periodic Table of Legacies.  Photos are available from 9:00am to 11:00am.  Please arrive by 10:45am to ensure your place in line.  While there is no need to register for an official appointment time, please let us know that you are interested.

    Please send an e-mail to Colleen Chase at with the following information:

    • Your parents’ name
    • Legacy Society member’s name (if not one of your parents)
    • Number of guests in the party

    With this information, we will be able to guarantee space in the Reserved Section for your guests.

    International Guests

    International students may have family members overseas who need a Visa to enter the United States to attend commencement. University Dean's office can provide a letter of invitation with appropriate details needed for documentation or contact William Keyes:

    Contact Information

    Contact your College with questions or requests:

    Caps and Gowns

    The cap and gown will be provided to you at no charge and will be distributed on campus - at the graduates fair on May 1, 2019 from 9am-5pm in the ARC Rec Gym.

    Order your regalia online.

    Diploma Distribution

    Students receiving a degree in May and participating in Commencement

    Diplomas are not distributed during the ceremony. Diploma pick up is immediately following the ceremony at the Liacouras Center. Diplomas are only released to the graduating student.

    For students receiving a degree in May and not participating in Commencement

    The Registrar’s Office will deliver diplomas via UPS approximately one week after Commencement. Please be sure that the Registrar’s Office has a valid current address. Note: UPS will not deliver to a PO Box. If the addressee is not present to receive the delivery, UPS will leave the package at the door.

    Other (Non-May) Graduation Dates

    The Registrar’s Office orders diplomas from the printer on the actual date of graduation for non-May graduation dates. The printer provides the diploma to USciences approximately six to eight weeks after receiving an order.

    The Registrar’s Office will then deliver diplomas to graduates via USPS. Please be sure that the Registrar's Office has a valid current address prior to your graduation date.


    Students who anticipate graduating with a minor should check on WebAdvisor to confirm that the minor is listed. If you have any questions regarding your minor, please contact the department where your minor is offered.


    Professional photographs will be taken during the event and will be available after the event. Photos are available online at


    Michele D. Albert


    Office Location: 4100 Chester
    University of the Sciences
    600 South 43rd Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495