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Graduation Events

The following information pertains to graduation events at Widener's Main Campus:

  • Under the Dome Reception—May 16, 4:30 p.m., The Dome behind Old Main
  • School of Human Service Professions Doctoral Hooding—May 17, 10:00 a.m., Alumni Auditorium
  • School of Nursing Doctoral Hooding—May 17, 10:00 a.m., Lathem Hall
  • Commencement—May 17, 4:00 p.m., The Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • ROTC Commissioning—May 15, 11:00 a.m. Veterans Memorial in front of Old Main
  • Awards and Special Events—Note that schools and departments are holding their own awards ceremonies and special events, such as breakfasts and receptions. They are managing their own scheduling and invitations, and will reach out to guests as appropriate.


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ROTC COMMISSIONING
The commissioning ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in front of Old Main on Wednesday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Alumni Auditorium. A reception will follow in Lathem Hall. For information, call Army ROTC at 610-499-4098.

UNDER THE DOME RECEPTION
The Under the Dome Reception is open to all graduates on Thursday, May 16, from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. Students began their undergraduate journey at Widener by walking under The Dome at convocation, and now they celebrate the end of their journey by walking under it again at graduation.

SCHOOL OF HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONS DOCTORAL HOODING
This is a special recognition ceremony for doctoral degree candidates during which candidates receive their doctoral hood, signifying success in completing their program and preparation for the official commencement event later that day. Doctoral candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to invite family and friends. The recognition will take place at 10 am on Friday, May 17, 2019, in Alumni Auditorium.

SCHOOL OF NURSING DOCTORAL HOODING
This is a special recognition ceremony for doctoral degree candidates during which candidates receive their doctoral hood, signifying success in completing their program and preparation for the official commencement event later that day. Doctoral candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to invite family and friends. The recognition will take place at 10 am on Friday, May 17, 2019, in Lathem Hall.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
This main event celebrates the achievements of August and December 2018 and May 2019 graduating students. The ceremony will take place May 17 at 4 p.m. at The Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA. There is unlimited seating for graduates' guests. However, seating under the awning is limited. For information about tickets for graduates' guests to sit under the awning, see the FAQ page. With the exception of Seeing Eye dogs, please do not bring animals to the ceremony. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Please be courteous and remain until the end of the ceremony.

 

Important Security Precaution: No backpacks or large bags at graduation.