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Widener University to hold 2019 commencement at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Commencement 2019

The class of 2019 will celebrate commencement at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Widener University is pleased to announce that beginning in May of 2019, the university will hold its annual commencement at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Widener will combine its graduate and undergraduate ceremonies into one commencement, on Friday, May 17, held at the center in Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park. The program will begin at 4 p.m.

The new location provides covered seating for approximately 5,000 people, fixed lawn seating for another 2,000, and breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline. The center will be renovated this winter and features large video screens to enhance event viewing. Widener has also arranged for the facility’s ample parking to be free for the event.

Widener officials made the decision to hold commencement at The Mann after listening to concerns from students, families, faculty and staff about the challenges of holding a rain-or-shine outdoor celebration at the university, with no suitable indoor space for backup. The university explored multiple local options and determined The Mann would be an excellent partner to provide facilities for Widener’s most important annual event. The venue combines comfortable, covered seating and modern staging technologies in a setting befitting a commencement ceremony.

“I am certain The Mann is the right venue to host our Widener commencement,” President Julie E. Wollman said. “The facility hosts world-class musical events on a regular basis and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It has the capacity, amenities, professional staff, and charm to create an unforgettable event for our graduates and their families. They deserve an exceptional experience and The Mann is equipped to provide it.”

The move to The Mann does not impact commencement ceremonies planned for Widener University Delaware Law School and Commonwealth Law School. Those will continue to be held, respectively, on campus in Wilmington, Delaware, and at The Forum in the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The university encourages members of the class of 2019 and their families to visit as plans for commencement at The Mann continue to develop.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,