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Commencement 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Irvine Auditorium (34th Street and Spruce)
Philadelphia, PA

Penn Dental Medicine congratulates the Class of 2018. The following information is for graduating students and their families for this special day of celebration.

Live Webcast

Family and friends who can’t attend the ceremony can watch live via the webcast. There will be a live stream of the ceremony starting at 1 pm (EST) on Monday, May 14, 2018. View webcast >>


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School of Dental Medicine 140th Commencement Ceremony

Penn Dental Medicine’s Commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 14 in Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, beginning at 1 p.m. Students are asked to be there by 12:30 p.m. for line-up and last-minute details. Caps and gowns are required and should have been ordered through the University bookstore.

Penn Dental Medicine faculty officiating this year include: Dr. Dana Graves, Interim Dean, Professor of Periodontics, Vice Dean for Scholarship and Research; Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Interim Director of Periodontics, Associate Dean for Student Life and Director of the Program for Advanced Standing Students; Dr. Faizan Alawi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Pathology and Dr. Bekir Karabucak, Chair, Program Director and Associate Professor of Endodontics and Program Director for Graduate Dental Education.

Commencement will conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Commencement Speaker
This year’s Commencement speaker is Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., MPH. Dr. Rick Valachovic is the President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. He joined ADEA after more than twenty years in research, practice and teaching of pediatric dentistry, oral medicine and oral and maxillofacial radiology. Dr. Valachovic served on the faculty of the University of Connecticut and Harvard Schools of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and is certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health.

Dr. Valachovic earned his B.S. from St. Lawrence University; his D.M.D from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine; and he holds a Masters in Public Health degree and a Master of Science degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. He is an author of more than 120 articles, book chapters and monographs.

Tickets for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement Ceremony
All students will receive seven tickets for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement. Tickets and invitations will be available from the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life. Graduating students will be notified when the tickets are available for pick-up in the office. Each guest must have a ticket to enter Irvine Auditorium. However, graduating students do not need a ticket nor do alumni participants who will be sitting onstage.

Seating at Penn Dental Medicine Commencement for Guests with Disabilities
Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Life at 215-898-8940 regarding disability seating for the Penn Dental Medicine Commencement.

Penn Dental Medicine 140th Commencement Reception
A reception for graduates and their families will be held at Penn Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th. Street, following the commencement ceremony.

University-Wide Commencement

The University of Pennsylvania’s 262nd Commencement will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets at 10:15 a.m. and is preceded by student and academic processions through campus. Tickets are not required for admission. The gates open for families at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Students should report to Hamilton Village located at 39th and Locust Walk, wearing regalia, no later than 8:00 a.m.

The procession of degree candidates will enter the field approximately 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. upon the arrival of the academic procession (the President’s party and the faculty) and will conclude at approximately 12:00 noon. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and the Commencement speaker, Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News; Host of “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” MSNBC. Candidates for degrees in May, as well as graduates, who completed degree requirements in August or December of 2017, are encouraged to attend Commencement and to march in the student procession. Academic regalia is required.

Family members and friends who are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony may view the ceremony online. Webcast page >> Coverage will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Contact Webcast Help Center for questions at .

In the Event of Inclement Weather
Commencement will be held at Franklin Field rain or shine. Students are free to wear rain gear over their gowns since they will be seated on the field. Please be advised that the dye in the gown may stain clothing when wet. Guests should come prepared for all weather conditions, including rain and hot sun, since Franklin Field is an outdoor stadium. Only a limited amount of covered seating is available for families. In the event of severe weather conditions, the procession across campus may be delayed or cancelled.

In the Event of Extreme Weather
In the event of dangerous weather conditions that threaten personal safety the ceremony may be relocated. Persistent dangerous conditions will cause the Commencement to be moved indoors to the Palestra, where seating will be limited to the academic procession and degree candidates only. In the case of relocation, students should report to the Palestra no later than 9:30 a.m. These steps would be taken only in extreme weather circumstances. Announcements about severe weather arrangements will be available at Hamilton Village and around campus, on the University’s emergency information line (215-898-MELT), the Commencement hotline (215-573-GRAD), radio station KYW (1060 AM) and the University commencement website.

Seating for Guests with Disabilities
Seating for guests who use wheelchairs, as well as those with limited physical mobility or medical conditions, will be available both on the field and in the lower stands. Please be aware that the stadium is bench seating. Due to space constraints, guests with disabilities who are seated on the field may be accompanied by one escort only. Arrangements for disability seating may be made by completing the Request for Disability Seating form. An email confirmation will be sent within five days of submitting your request. Starting April 3rd, you can call (215) 898-7369 (voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD) between noon and 5 p.m. if you have any questions. There is no guarantee that an accommodation can be made if the request is received after April 30th. Tickets will be mailed at the end of April.

Commencement information materials are available in alternate formats upon request. Advance notice is required.

Tips on Attending Commencement, Parking Information & Campus Map
It is strongly recommended that you take public transportation, if possible, and allow plenty of extra time to get to the stadium. The influx of guests to campus for graduation coupled with the regular morning rush hour traffic creates tremendous congestion in the area around the University on Commencement morning. Guests are urged to allow extra time to reach the campus. Parking on and near the campus is limited. For campus map, see Travel and Lodging Information.

  • Walnut 38, University garage — the northeast corner of 38th and Walnut Streets (enter on 38th Street)
  • Sheraton University City, Hotel garage — 36th and Chestnut Streets
  • Walnut 40, University garage — 40th and Walnut Streets
  • Chestnut 34, University garage (limited parking) — 34th and Chestnut Streets (enter on 34th Street)
  • Walnut 32, University garage — 32nd and Chestnut Streets
  • Ludlow 34, University lot — Ludlow St. (south side) between 33rd and 34th Streets
  • Penn Park lot — 31st and Lower Walnut Street (accessed off of Chestnut Street)

For more information, please go to the University commencement site.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!!

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The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030