What to know before and during commencement

Click here to go to the Oak Hall website to order your cap and gown. Online ordering will close on May 13, 2020.  Docotoral graduates may order 4, 6, or 8 coner tams and optional 2 button tassels from Oak Hall. Call 800 223 0429 for custom sizing.  Please allow ample time for your gown to be shipped to your home before the June 14, 2020 ceremony. Your gown will need to be unpacked and pressed before you arrive.
There is no ticketing and plenty of seating available. If you would like to reserve a wheelchair accessible seat please contact [email protected]. Photography and video are encourged- please tag Gratz College and share on social media. Ettiquitte requires that your guests silence their cell phones and  remain seated during the ceremony.
The ceremony will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. We ask that you arrive one hour before the ceremony begins. There will be time after the ceremony to meet and mingle with fellow graduates, faculty, staff, and honorees.
Graduates will be seated in the front of the stage. When the time for awarding of the degrees arrives, the marshals will instruct the first row of graduates to stand and move towards the stage. The graduate goes up the steps to wait for the Dean to announce the graduate’s name. The graduate then walks across the stage, shakes hands with the President, is handed a diploma, turns to the front for a photo with the President, continues walking across the stage and goes off the stage, back to their seat, and sits down.
Ceremonial diplomas are handed out during the ceremony. Following the ceremony students may pick-up their diploma from the Office of the Registrar table in the lobby. You must present a photo ID. Diplomas not picked-up will be mailed to the address we have on record.
Graduates are not to carry personal items. The college does not provide a secure location to leave personal items and is not responsible for items left unattended. We suggest you keep them with your guests.
Yes, the cap, hood and gown are yours to keep.
Contact the front desk at 215-635-7300
Gratz College has ample free parking outside the main entrance. Handicapped parking is available