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Your Time Is Now: Commencement 2022

While the last few years have brought unique challenges, our 2022 #ForeverDragons are ready to move us forward. 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. Because the future can’t wait.

Please return to this site often as your primary resource for 2022 Commencement festivities.

The University-wide Commencement Ceremony

All of us at Drexel are incredibly excited to recognize the achievements of our 2022 graduates at Drexel’s University-wide Commencement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park. This year’s momentous occasion will be held on Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. ET. Join us as we celebrate the many accomplishments of our Class of 2022 graduating Dragons. While we hope everyone will be able to attend, for those who cannot join us in person, the ceremony will also be livestreamed.

The University continues to closely monitor the latest city and state health and safety guidelines in planning celebrations for our graduates.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Keynote Speaker: Freeman A. Hrabowski III

This year’s keynote speaker at the University-wide Commencement ceremony is American educator, author, civil rights advocate, and mathematician — Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Nationally recognized as a transformative educator and thought leader in high education, Hrabowski co-founded a national model for advancing high-achieving underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering, known as the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. As a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Hrabowski's research and publications on science and math education have identified numerous pathways for improving minority participation and performance, which led to President Obama naming him to chair the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders,” we are honored to have such a respected and accomplished speaker address this year's graduates and look forward to the inspiring words that he will share with the Drexel community.

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College and School Ceremonies

Drexel’s in-person college- and school-specific ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 and honor the Class of 2022. In addition, the ceremonies for the College of Medicine and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law will be held at the Kimmel Center on Friday, May 13 and Monday, May 23, respectively. To view a complete schedule of all college and school celebrations, visit our College and School Ceremonies page.

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Special Commencement Events

Commencement season is when we have the honor of celebrating the many successes of our impressive graduating students. We are excited to feature the unique Commencement events that Drexel holds each year. From celebrating graduating students of the Latin American and Spanish Caribbean diasporas at Drexel’s La Ultima Noche Del Año (LUNA) Graduation Ceremony to recognizing graduates of the African diaspora at the William S. Pittman Ceremony and many more unique events, we hope that you will join us in honoring our Forever Dragons.

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Cap Contest: Win Drexel Swag!

Are you a graduating Drexel Dragon? Before you turn your tassel, decorate your cap and enter the Drexel Cap Contest! Post a photo of your decorated cap on Instagram by June 8 for the chance to win Drexel swag. You must use both #DrexelCapContest and #ForeverDragons in your post!

Downloadable #ForeverDragons Lawn Sign

Celebrate your Drexel graduate and let the neighborhood know how proud you are of your Forever Dragon with a downloadable graduation sign!

Just follow these three easy steps:

   1. Download the lawn sign PDF of your choice.
   2. Follow your local printer’s instructions, such as FedEx or the UPS Store.
   3. Order your lawn sign and put your excitement on display when it’s ready!

William S. Pittman Graduation Ceremony

Photogenic Philly Locations for Graduation Photos

Are you considering your options for graduation photos around the photogenic city of Philadelphia? Here are just a few recommendations that you may want to take advantage of!

Ambitious Alumni Stories

Take a closer look at how some of our Forever Dragons are making the most of their opportunities, tackling societal challenges, and making a difference in the world. What will your legacy be?

Community Can't Wait

Evan Ehlers, an alum from the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, built Sharing Excess, a nonprofit organization with a mission to address food insecurity in Philadelphia and around the country. Dragons are extraordinary and making a difference in this changing world. Because community can't wait.

Creativity Can’t Wait

Hannah Beier, a Drexel photography major from the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, led the creation of TIME Magazine's June cover story about the 2020 graduating class during COVID. Beier collaborated with her classmate via FaceTime and art directed the compelling cover shot virtually that had an emotional impact felt by people around the world. Nothing, even social distancing, can stop this generation. Because creativity can’t wait.

Family Can't Wait

Inspired by his mother’s diagnosis, and with the help of his Biomedical Engineering colleagues and student co-ops at Drexel, Engineering alum Mihir Shah invented a handheld breast cancer detection device that will provide access for millions of women around the world who have very little access to health care. These are the stories worth telling. Because family can't wait.

Celebrate on Social

We are excited to see what you will do with your passion, commitment, and ambition. And we want you to tell the world how proud you are to become #ForeverDragons on social media. We encourage you to check out our commencement downloads and Celebrate on Social!