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Drexel University Commencement

We want to celebrate our graduating Dragons who have overcome so much. Our graduates are an inspiration, and we will salute them properly this year as our #ForeverDragons! Because the celebration can’t wait.

Please return to this site often as your primary resource for 2021 commencement festivities.

The University-wide Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 11

In 2021, we are bringing the tradition back…to Citizens Bank Park! Our University-wide Commencement ceremony will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET, within city and state health and safety ​guidelines.

All of us at Drexel are incredibly excited to recognize the achievements of both our 2020 and 2021 graduates at this momentous occasion. We can’t wait to honor their years at Drexel as they join the ranks of Drexel alumni who are making an impact in the world.

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Keynote Speaker: Elijah Anderson

This year’s keynote speaker at the University-wide Commencement ceremony is Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies at Yale University Elijah Anderson.

Known as one of the nation’s most influential scholars in the field of urban inequality, Anderson is wildly recognized as a ground-breaking ethnographer of urban life. He has also served as a consultant to a variety of government agencies, including the White House, the United States Congress, the National Academy of Science, and the National Science Foundation. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, and is a former vice-president of the American Sociological Association. We are honored to hear from this prolific sociologist and author, Elijah Anderson.

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College and School Ceremonies

Drexel’s virtual college- and school-specific ceremonies will be held from June 7 to June 10 and honor the Class of 2021. To view the schedule of these special celebrations, visit our College and School Ceremonies page.

William S. Pittman Graduation Ceremony

The William S. Pittman Ceremony

Hosted by the Center for Black Culture, this event is a cherished annual Drexel tradition where we honor William S. Pittman — the first African American graduate at Drexel — and we recognize all graduates of the African diaspora whose legacy and contributions to their respective fields have paved the way for the success of others in their educational, personal, and professional endeavors. This year's virtual William S. Pittman ceremony will be livestreamed online on Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. ET.

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