Watch the 2023 Undergraduate/Certificate Ceremony



Graduate and Post-Bacc. Convocation, May 2023

Friday, May 12, 2023, in the Historic Landmark Building

  • 11AM:  MFA + Post Bacc Ceremony

  • 2PM:   BFA + Certificate Ceremony

For the Rotunda Ceremony in the Historic Landmark Building, MFA & Post-Bacc. students may invite up to 5 guests, and BFA & Certificate students may invite up to 4 guests. Overflow seating for additional friends and family will be available in the Hamilton Building Rhoden Arts Center where the ceremony will be live-streamed.  The ceremony will be recorded and uploaded to this site within a week of Graduation.

We look forward to celebrating all our graduates this May- congratulations! 

Commencement Speaker

Saya Woolfalk


Saya Woolfalk (b. 1979) is a New York based multimedia artist known for her exploration of hybridity, and science. Woolfalk uses science fiction and fantasy to reimagine the world in multiple dimensions. Woolfalk received a B.A. in Visual Art and Economics from Brown University in 2001, and earned her M.F.A. in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. Her work has been exhibited across Asia, Europe, and the United States. Key solo exhibitions include: ChimaCloud, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (2016); In The Box: Saya Woolfalk ChimaTEK Life Products, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2014); The Empathics, Montclair Art Museum, NJ; and others. Group shows include Disguise – Masks & Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, WA (2015); Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego CA (2013); Bunny Redux, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (2011). Her work can be found in the collections of several major institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Newark Museum, NJ; and the Seattle Art Museum, WA. Woolfalk has delivered numerous public lectures, including a recent TEDX Talk. She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NY.


How do I view the commencement if I cannot make it in person?

View live broadcasts on PAFA's YouTube channel.

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 their completion.)