Sunday, May 18, 2014    
9:00-11:00am  Dining Hall is open for complimentary coffee from Student Services and continental breakfast (cash only)
10:00 am         VIP and disabled seating
10:30 am         General Admissions Seating
11:00 am         Commencement ceremony begins in Aviator Park

The Commencement Ceremony is approximately 2 hours in length.

Questions on the day of the event can be answered at the Information Desk in Moore's Entrance.

Commencement Tickets
Each Senior will be allotted a limited number of tickets to the Commencement ceremony for seats under the tent. Students will receive their tickets at Commencement rehearsal on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:00pm in the Great Hall. If there are seniors who will not use all allotted tickets, we ask that they return unused tickets to the lottery so that they may be redistributed.

Tickets are required for all guests 2 years old and older. Children under the age of 2 are expected to sit on the lap of a parent or guardian.

Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced. No additional tickets will be available.

If any Commencement guests are in need of assistance, please alert Jeanette Wintjen in Student Services 215-965-4040 or email

Guest Seating
Seating is on a first-come first-served basis starting at 10:30am. Please note that this is an outdoor event that will be held rain or shine. No strollers, carriages, carriers or any other equipment for transporting babies will be allowed under the tent. This is a safety issue.


Seating for Persons with Disabilities 
For both the Fashion Show and Commencement seating for guests in wheelchairs or with other physical restrictions will be available in a reserved section with flooring under the tent. Due to limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the disability and one guest. Any additional members of your party should sit in the general seating area.
The corner of 20th St. and Race St. has a wheel-chair accessible ramp and the east side of the 1900 block of 20th Street (across from the Franklin Institute) is a designated a drop-off area for both the Fashion Show and Commencement. Please arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of event to be seated by college staff.

Graduates requiring seating for guests with disabilities should indicate to Student Services staff at Commencement Rehearsal on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, or on the Moore RSVP page and will also have to give the names of the guests requiring special seating prior to the event.

Note: The total number of tickets, including guests with disabilities, will not exceed the limited number of tickets total.

Commencement Ceremonial Protocol
Commencement is a celebration of our students’ accomplishments; it is also a formal academic event. We ask that guests remain in their seats for the duration of the procession and recession and refrain from blocking aisles and passageways by attempting to greet or take photos of graduates. Cellular phones must be silenced during the ceremony to ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the Commencement activities. After the ceremony is over, we ask that you allow the faculty & board to exit and the seniors to follow, and then you may exit after them to meet outside of the tent. We suggest you designate a meeting spot away from the tent in advance to lessen the confusion and allow everyone to exit the tent.


At the Fashion Show and Commencement ceremony a professional photographer will be taking photos to capture this special day. We ask that you refrain from taking photos anywhere other than your seat in order to avoid obstructing the view of others. Each graduate will be professionally photographed as they receive their diploma on stage. The prints will be available after the ceremony for purchase through our photographer’s website 4-6 weeks after each event.


While there are no parking facilities at the College, the College has made special arrangements for discount parking on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 for all events at LAZ Parking and the garage at The Kennedy House. Please visit the information table in Wilson Lobby at Moore to pick up your discount car park coupon. Discounted parking at LAZ Parking will be $8.00 and discounted parking at The Kennedy House will be $7.00.

The LAZ Parking garage is located at 1815 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 and the entrance to the garage is on the left side of Cherry St. between 18th and 19th Streets. 

The Kennedy House is located at 1901 JFK Boulevard and the entrance to the garage is on the right side of 19th Street between Arch St and JFK Blvd. The GPS address for the garage is 54 North 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

SEPTA Subway - City Hall / 15th Street / Market Street Station
SEPTA Regional Rails - Suburban Station at 17th and JFK Blvd
For SEPTA information See

Greyhound Bus Terminal - 1001 N. Filbert Street.  
For Greyhound information or 215.931.4075

Amtrak trains - 30th Street Station at 30th and Market Sts.
For Amtrak information, see or 1.800.872.7245

Philadelphia International Airport. See  or 215.937.6937.
Trains to and from the airport can be boarded at 30th Street Station or Suburban Station.

Street Closure
The 1900 block of Race Street will be closed to car traffic Saturday from 6pm to 10pm and Sunday from 7am to 5pm. Metered parking will not be available on the east side of the 1900 block of 20th Street all day Saturday and Sunday. In addition to Race Street in front of Moore, from 9am to 12pm on Sunday, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 22nd Street to 20th Street and all around Logan Circle, additional closures include Race Street until 11th St. to accommodate the Israel 65 Parade. 

Designated Drop-off Areas
The east side of the 1900 block of 20th Street (across from the Franklin Institute) is a designated a drop-off area for both the Fashion Show and Commencement.

The Art Shop at Moore
Be bold – be creative: shop for one-of-a-kind art and Moore Gear at The Art Shop.

Extended Hours for Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18:
Saturday 11am -8pm
Sunday 9am - 3pm

Regular Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
also open Sundays ( June-September) 12 pm-5 pm


The Galleries at Moore
Emerging Artists & Designers 2014
April 23 - May 17, 2014
Works by seniors graduating from Moore’s Bachelor of Fine Arts programs. 
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 17, 1 - 3 pm
Gallery Hours for Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18:
Saturday 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 3 pm

* Students may take their work on Sunday after Commencement, until 3pm; Monday, May 19, and Tuesday, May 20, from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. All work must be removed by Tuesday, May 20, by 5 pm. Any artworks left in The Galleries will be destroyed.


Smoking Policy 
In order to promote the health of employees, students and guests, Moore College of Art & Design prohibits smoking in any and all of its buildings. Smokers are required to smoke only in the designated smoking areas and to extinguish all cigarette butts in the provided containers.

Restrooms are available for guests inside the College of the first floor of Wilson Hall and adjacent to The Galleries.