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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the deadline to apply for my degree?

May 3, 2024

What is the deadline to RSVP for commencement ceremonies?

May 10, 2024

What is the deadline to order regalia?

Depends on regalia type, see Regalia for full deadlines.


How do I RSVP for commencement ceremonies?

Once you’ve applied for your degree, you’ll receive access to the Commencement RSVP on Drexel One.

What if I do not see the Commencement RSVP on Drexel One?

If you have not yet applied for your degree for spring term, you will not be able to access the Commencement RSVP. If you’ve applied for your degree for spring term and do not see the Commencement RSVP on Drexel One within a week, email

What if I’m graduating in summer term and walking in the June Commencement?

If you have applied for your degree for summer term and completed the Application to Participate in Commencement Activities form with your advisor and do not see the Commencement RSVP on Drexel One within a week, email Additional information is available on the Drexel Central website.

What if I missed the RSVP deadline?

To RSVP after May 10, you must email with name, University ID, Drexel email and number of tickets requested for respective ceremonies.

What do I need if I'm an international student with family visiting the U.S. for commencement?

International families visiting the U.S. for commencement may be eligible to apply for a B-2 visa. The B-2 visa is typically valid for visits of 6 months or less and is only used for recreational visits. Visit the US Department of State Website to see the steps for applying for a B-2 Visitor Visa. Note, as part of the application process, you can include your Graduation RSVP Confirmation Email to show that you will be participating in graduation.


What is the difference between the University-wide and the College- and School-specific ceremonies?

The University-wide Ceremony is where degrees are formally conferred (awarded) by President Fry. The College- and School-specific ceremonies are where students receive individual recognition and process across stage. Both ceremony types are monumental occasions and graduates are strongly encouraged to attend both.


How many tickets am I allowed?

Graduates are guaranteed 4 tickets for guests to attend their College and School ceremony. Graduates are guaranteed 6 tickets for guests to attend the University-wide Ceremony.

Where do I get my guest tickets?

First opportunity to pick up tickets is at the Graduation Fair on May 15 in the Recreation Center Lobby.

Can I request additional tickets?

Yes, additional tickets can be requested as part of the Commencement RSVP. Additional tickets are not guaranteed but are typically able to be accommodated. Certain Colleges and Schools with larger graduating student populations can reach venue capacity limits and additional ticket requests may not be granted.

When will I find out if my additional ticket requests can be accommodated?

Students who request additional tickets will learn how many tickets have been granted on May 15 at the earliest, when graduates pick up their ticket envelopes at the Graduation Fair. Ticket counts are outlined in an insert as part of ticket envelopes.

Do children need tickets?

Children who can sit on laps without obstructing view from other guests are permitted to do so. Generally, children over the age of 2 require a seat and therefore a ticket.


What is regalia?

Regalia is the cap and gown dress required for graduates to participate in commencement ceremonies. All Drexel regalia is custom blue and gold, with more custom options for doctoral graduates. Students without the appropriate regalia will not be permitted to process at ceremonies.

Do I need to pay for regalia?

Yes, prices vary according to type; see Regalia for full details.

How do I order/receive regalia?

Once you've submitted your Commencement RSVP, you will receive an email to order/purchase regalia online. Regalia can either be shipped to Drexel’s bookstores or to home addresses depending on deadlines.

What regalia do I order if I'm an accelerated student receiving both bachelor's and master's degrees?

For those accelerated degree students receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the time of graduation, please order regalia for your highest degree.

I am graduating with Latin Honors. Will I receive a cord?

No, Drexel does not distribute cords for Latin Honors. Students graduating from the Honors Program receive medallions at the Honors Program Celebration.