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2019 Commencement FAQ

170th Commencement for the Class of 2019

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 

9 – 11 am: Coffee will be available either outside of the MOORE building or in the lobby
10 am: VIP and persons with disability seating
10:30 am: General Admissions Seating
11 am: Commencement ceremony begins in Aviator Park
The Commencement Ceremony is approximately 2 hours in length.

Senior Show Closing Reception – Friday, May 17
3 – 6 pm: This is an opportunity for students to show their work to family and friends.  Refreshments will be available. Questions on the day of the event can be answered at the Information Desk in Moore's main lobby.

Commencement Tickets
Each Senior will be allotted six tickets for the Commencement ceremony, specifically for seats under the tent. Students will receive their tickets either several weeks prior to or during the Commencement Rehearsal in the Great Hall on Thursday, May 16. 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 Slade Roff in Student Affairs, 215-965-4040 or email

Guest Seating Seating is on a first-come, first served basis starting at 10:30 am.
Seating is on a first-come, first served basis starting at 10:30 am. 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 Commencement.
Make sure to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start of the event to be seated by college staff.

Graduates requiring seating for guests with disabilities should indicate to Student Affairs staff at Commencement Rehearsal on Thursday, May 16, 2019, 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 Ceremony 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 ceremony, a professional photographer will be taking photos to capture this special day. We ask that you refrain taking photos from 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.

There are no parking facilities at the College, but the College has made special arrangements for discount parking on Saturday, May 18 at The Kennedy House parking garage. Please visit the information table in Wilson Lobby at Moore to pick up your discount parking coupon. Discounted parking at The Kennedy House with the discount is $7.00.

The Kennedy House is located at 1901 JFK Boulevard and the entrance to the garage is on 19thStreet between Arch St and JFK Blvd. When going south on 19th Street from Moore College, 19thStreet with intersect Arch Street and then halfway up the block on the right you will make a right into the parking garage. (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 
  • 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 or 1.800.872.7245
  • Philadelphia International Airport 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 on Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm. Metered parking will not be available on the east side of 20th Street all day Saturday, May 18.

Designated Drop-off Areas
The east side of the 200 N. block of 20th Street (across from the Franklin Institute) is a designated a drop-off area for commencement.  

The Art Shop at Moore
Be bold – Be creative: shop for one-of-a-kind art and Moore Gear at The Art Shop.
Hours for Saturday, May 18 Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm, Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm * Students may take their work on Saturday after Commencement, until 3 pm; Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21, from 10 am – 5 pm. All work must be removed by Tuesday, May 21, 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.