Graduate degree recipients will be given a maximum of SIX (6) guest tickets for the 9:30 am morning ceremony at the Kimmel Center. Graduates should only reserve the number of guest tickets actually needed. Unused tickets means that another graduate who requested additional tickets cannot be accommodated.
Undergraduate degree recipients will be given a maximum of FOUR (4) guest tickets for the 12:30 pm afternoon ceremony at the Kimmel Center. Students should only reserve the number of tickets actually needed. Unused tickets mean that another graduate who requested additional tickets cannot be accommodated.
Every guest must have a reserved seat ticket to gain entrance into Verizon Hall. Infants and toddlers who will sit on the lap of a responsible adult for the entire ceremony do not need a ticket. Children who will sit in a reserved seat must have a ticket.
Please note: The maximum number of four (4) guest tickets for each associate or baccalaureate degree candidate is predicated on the fact that many graduates, for various reasons, do not actually attend the formal ceremony and, therefore, do not request guest tickets. Although it is a large venue, Verizon Hall has limited guest seating. Therefore, in the event that the expected number of graduates who decide to attend the ceremony and request guest tickets significantly exceeds the projected number of participants, the maximum number of guest tickets for each graduate or many graduates may be reduced to three (3) guest tickets. In the event that the maximum number of guest tickets must be reduced from four to three for some undergraduate degree candidates, the date of online registration will determine those graduates who receive the maximum number of four tickets. Therefore, it is extremely advantageous for students to register online as soon as possible. Requests for extra guest tickets will be considered only after all graduates have been accommodated in terms of their initial request for guest tickets up to the maximum number available for each graduate.
In February, all undergraduate and graduate students eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on May 9 at the Kimmel Center will receive correspondence which will provide instructions about registering online for Commencement and will include a Graduation Fact Sheet and a flyer explaining how to order caps and gowns online.
The online Degree Candidate Response Form must be completed even if the degree candidate is not attending the ceremony. The Degree Candidate Response Form is used to ascertain the candidate's attendance status, request and reserve guest tickets and verify the candidate's proper name pronunciation and major/degree. It also provides options for ticket pickup sites, special information concerning ticket requests for physically challenged guests and instructions regarding how to request extra tickets beyond the allotted number.
The Online Commencement Degree Candidate Response Form must be completed by March 13.
The graduates should indicate if they plan to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving when completing the electronic Degree Candidate Response Form.
Students should be responsible and considerate in accepting an invitation to participate. Those who accept an invitation and reserve tickets and then do not attend deprive other graduates who have requested extra tickets.
Requests for extra tickets for Commencement will be accepted only if made in advance on the Degree Candidate Response Form. The online form must be completed by Sunday, March 13.
No requests for additional guest tickets will be accepted after the March 13 deadline. All requests for guest tickets must be made online using the Degree Candidate Response Form. Distribution of available extra guest tickets will be determined after all allotted reserved tickets have been assigned. Extra guest tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on the submission date of the Degree Candidate Response Form. Only a limited number of extra tickets may be available, especially for the afternoon baccalaureate degree ceremony.
It is extremely important to complete the online registration process as soon as possible especially by the March 13 deadline. Requests for guest tickets are honored or determined based on the date that the degree candidate completed her/his online Degree Candidate Response Form.
Ticket Distribution by Location
Degree Recipients who request pickup at the Philadelphia Campus - Tickets will be distributed from the Registrar's Office (HFH 205) for two weeks according to the following schedule:
• Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
• Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
• Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
• Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 8:30 am - 2:00 pm AND 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Office will be closed between 2:00 to 3:00 pm)
• Friday, April 22, 2016 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
• Monday, April 25, 2016 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
• Tuesday, April 26. 2016 - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
• Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
• Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 8:30 am - 2:00 pm AND 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Office will be closed between 2:00 to 3:00 pm)
• Friday, April 29, 2016 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Degree Recipients who request pickup at Bensalem (formerly Woodhaven) - Tickets will be distributed from Holy Family University - Bensalem during the following hours:
• Monday, April 11 - Thursday, April 14 - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
• Friday, April 15 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Degree Recipients who request pickup at Newtown - Tickets will be distributed from Holy Family University - Newtown during the following hours:
• Monday, April 11 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
• Tuesday, April 12 - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
• Wednesday, April 13 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
• Thursday, April 14 - 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
• Friday, April 15 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Any tickets remaining after these dates will be distributed from the Philadelphia Campus.
- Students must pick up guest tickets in person.
- Photo identification is required.
- Tickets will not be mailed.
- If a student is unable to pick up his/her tickets in person, another person may pick up the guest tickets; however, this person must present a signed letter of authorization from the graduate.
- Lost or stolen tickets cannot be replaced.