We are excited to host our graduation convocations on Friday, May 13.  We will have two ceremonies: one for Graduates and one for Undergraduates and Certificate students. This will allow students to invite guests while being physically distant and safe. Both ceremonies will be in the Historic Landmark Building Rotunda and overflow in the Rhoden auditorium. Each student will have up to 4 tickets for the Rotunda. 

*Recordings of the ceremonies will be found here shortly. 

Congrats to our Graduates!

Commencement Details

Commencement! Friday May 13, 2022

  • MFA/Post-Bacc Ceremony:  11:00am (EST)
  • BFA/Certificate/PAFA-Penn Ceremony: 2:00pm (EST)

MFA/Post-Bacc Commencement Speaker: Jody Pinto 

Jody Pinto

BFA/Certificate/PAFA-Penn Commencement Speaker: Deborah Willis 

Deb Willis

Revisit this page a week after Graduation for the recordings of the ceremonies.  


How do I view the virtual Commencement Ceremony?

There will be extra (non-ticketed) seating in the Rhoden Arts Center in the lower level of the Hamilton Building.  Guests will view a live stream of the ceremony.  Students may invite as many people as they like to view from the Rhoden Arts Center. People are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.  (Note that the ceremony will be recorded and uploaded to PAFA's website within a week of Graduation.)

Graduation will also be recorded and available over Zoom as a live broadcast.  

How will students who are unable to attend receive their diplomas?

For any students unable to attend, the Registrar’s Office will either mail diplomas directly to students after Commencement to the address provided when you completed your Steps to Graduation Form, or make arrangements to deliver diplomas to students in their studios the week following Commencement. Students who have not completed their graduation requirements (including last remaining credits, financial account balances, outstanding library materials, etc.) will receive their diplomas upon completion of these.


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