Venue Information

Philadelphia University Commencement 2016 Venue PA Convention Center Broad Street

The 2018 Thomas Jefferson University Commencement ceremonies will be held in the Terrace Ballroom of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This 55,000 square foot space which boasts a beautifully arched ceiling and stunning modern design aesthetics appropriately reflects Thomas Jefferson University’s innovative design-mindedness, making it an ideal space for our Commencement exercises. The Center City location allows for close proximity to hotels, many parking facilities, and endless options for dining and other entertainment for graduating students and their families to enjoy.

This is a special day for all of our graduates, as well as their families and friends. Please be respectful to all of our graduates and the dignity of Commencement by staying for the entire ceremony.

Philadelphia University Commencement 2016 Venue Safety

Venue Safety Guidelines

  • In complying with security recommendations in the City of Philadelphia, no large bags (gym bags, duffel bags, backpacks, etc.) will be permitted.
  • No Balloons will be allowed by the PA Convention Center.
  • Flowers are permitted and will also be available for purchase by the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Board. 
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended.
  • No smoking is permitted in the PA Convention Center.
  • Photos must be taken from your seats. A professional photographer has been hired to get the perfect shot of your graduate, which will be made available to you after the ceremony.
  • Keep aisles clear.
  • Strollers will not be permitted in the Terrace Ballroom.  You MUST check strollers at our Information Desk outside the Terrace Ballroom.

Admission of Children
All children will need tickets unless the child is small enough to be held on the lap of an adult during the event. As a courtesy to others, please be mindful of the noise level that your child/children are creating. If the child/children are creating a disturbance, please escort them away from the seating area. Additionally, please note that strollers are NOT permitted inside the Terrace Ballroom.  All strollers MUST be checked at our Information Desk outside the Terrace Ballroom.

Philadelphia University Commencement 2016 Venue Details

Seating and Accessibility
Philadelphia University is committed to ensuring that all members of the community are able to celebrate Commencement day. The seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be designated accessible seating, however availability is limited. We ask that families with special needs arrive an hour-and-a-half in advance of the ceremony. In order to accommodate everyone with accessibility needs, only one guest per person with special needs may be allowed to sit in the designated area during the ceremony. 

Sign Language Interpreters
Guests in need of sign language interpreters should contact the Provost’s Office at or 215.951.0222 at least 30 days prior to the ceremony. Guests will be escorted to specific seating for optimum use of this service. Each guest in need of this service may have only one additional person sit with him/her.

Philadelphia University Commencement 2016 Venue Lobby