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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the deadline to apply for my degree?

April 29

What is the deadline to RSVP for commencement ceremonies?

May 17

What is the deadline to order regalia?

Depends on regalia type, see Regalia for full deadlines.

What is the deadline to request additional tickets?

June 12

What is the deadline to pick up tickets?

June 12.  After the Graduation Fair, all tickets can be picked up in Main Building, Suite 220 (Second Floor) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Wednesday, May 22 through Wednesday, June 12.


How do I RSVP for commencement ceremonies?

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

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 missed the RSVP deadline?

To RSVP after May 17, you must email with name, University ID, Drexel email and number of tickets requested for respective ceremonies.


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 according to College and School. 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 to their College and School ceremony. Graduates are guaranteed 6 tickets to the University-wide Ceremony.

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, within reason.

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

If you have been granted extra tickets these will be given to you when you pick up your ticket packet. We will not be notifying students of the number of tickets they have received prior to pick up.

Where do I get my guest tickets?

First opportunity to pick up tickets is at the Graduation Fair on May 21 in the Recreation Center Gym. From May 21 and June 12, tickets can be picked up in the Main Building, Suite 220 (Second Floor) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m..

Do graduates need tickets?

No, only guests need tickets to enter the ceremonies.

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.

Can I rent regalia?

Only doctoral graduates can rent regalia.

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.

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.


What if I need accessibility or disability accommodations day-of ceremonies?

See Accessibility for additional information and instructions.

Is parking available?

Yes, complimentary parking is available at all commencement venue sites. Additional information is available on the Transportation page.

Where and when do graduates arrive day-of ceremonies?

Final instructions on where and when to report is available on the Where to Report page.

Where and when do guests arrive day-of ceremonies?

Final instructions on where and when to report is available on the Where to Report page.