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Kershner Student Service Center
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3541
Fax: 610-436-2370

General Information

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Farrell Stadium


During the ceremony, diploma covers only will be distributed. The Registrar will mail diplomas to all graduates who have completed the requirements for their degrees. They will be mailed from the Registrar's Office following posting of final semester grades and verification of graduation requirements. Please allow 60 days.

If there are any outstanding issues that will prevent you from graduating, the Registrar's Office will notify you by mail.

Alcohol Policy

In accordance with University policy, alcoholic beverages are forbidden on University property. In addition, if any student is deemed to have consumed alcohol, or an illegal, controlled substance prior to the ceremony, that student will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Cell Phones

Please exercise discretion when using cell phones and smartphone devices during the ceremony. We ask that you please turn off the volume of your devices when the academic procession starts. If taking pictures or using social media, please be mindful of those around you. Student cell phone/smartphone use on the platform when receiving diplomas is restricted. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


During the ceremony, guests may take photographs only from their seats. A professional photography studio will take pictures of each graduate as he or she receives the diploma cover. The studio will contact each participant directly within one month after the ceremony with an opportunity to purchase pictures. You are under no obligation to purchase anything. After the ceremony (when the platform party and faculty have left the area), guests are welcome to come to the stage to take photographs of their graduates.


*Guests should be seated 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required for the outdoor ceremonies.

*In the event of severe weather, commencement will then be held on Sunday, May 11th with the Morning Ceremony at 9am and the Afternoon Ceremony at 1:30pm.

Seats have been set aside for people with disabilities in need of special seating. Those requiring special seating should check in with an usher when they arrive. We request that only one or two additional guests sit in the seating area reserved for people with disabilities so that there will be sufficient room for those needing the special seating.


Refreshments will be available before each ceremony for graduates, at 7:30 am, and at 12:30 pm, in the staging area at the Health Science Center parking lot, on South Campus.

Questions and concerns about Commencement, including honors designations, should be directed to the Office of the Registrar: 610-436-3541.