May. 26, 2017
Caps and gowns are too expensive for grads
You wouldn’t wear a cap and gown out and about on just any given day; it’s an ensemble reserved for one occasion and one occasion only — graduation.
May. 19, 2017
Online students receive ‘Commencement in a Box’
A packing party was held May 16 to assemble over 500 Commencement Boxes for online students that will not be able to attend graduation this year.
Apr. 7, 2017
John Maeda to speak at Commencement
World renowned designer and technologist John Maeda will speak at Drexel University’s Class of 2017 commencement June 13.
Jun. 24, 2016
Class of 2016 graduates at Citizens Bank Park in first university-wide commencement in two decades
More than 6,000 graduates took their seats together at Citizens Bank Park June 11 to be a part of Drexel University’s first University wide commencement in 20 years.
May. 27, 2016
Take your time
Commencement is coming up soon, and chances are, if you’ve been here five years, you’re gonna be walking. Or standing, as it happens — no one will actually “walk” at Citizen’s Bank Park, they’ll be standing up and acknowledged as a group, because there’s no time to acknowledge everyone individually. At a later ceremony you’ll be presented with a thing called a placeholder, which is not your degree. Instead, you’ll get your quarter-million dollar piece of paper in the mail eight to ten weeks later.
May. 6, 2016
Shalala to speak at commencement
Donna Shalala, PhD, has been announced as the commencement speaker for Drexel’s 2016 class-wide commencement ceremony at Citizen’s Bank Park. Shalala was chosen as a speaker due to her extensive background in education and political leadership.
Jan. 28, 2016
Fry announces University-wide commencement
Drexel University has reorganized commencement for 2016, President John A. Fry announced Jan. 21. Rather than attending individual college ceremonies like in previous years, graduates will take part in an inaugural university-wide commencement at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, June 11. There, Fry will confer Drexel University degrees completed during the academic year. “[Citizens Bank Park] is the perfect venue to help us celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates as an entire University community,” Fry wrote in a letter to the University community. Youtube: Drexel IRT Video Collaboration And Production “This much larger venue will also provide our graduates the opportunity to invite more family and friends to join in the celebration. If you are planning to graduate in June, this is an especially momentous occasion, as you will take part in the inaugural Commencement ceremony of what we hope will be many at Citizens Bank Park,” he continued. Fry explained that the reorganization of commencement is an extension of the University administration’s goal of strengthening the University community. “For our incoming class, we introduced Fall Welcome Week, where new students engaged in activities and programs across campus and in Philadelphia,” Fry wrote. “This new approach to orientation helped to lay a foundation for student success. In the same way, we want to re-envision our graduation experience by bringing the Drexel community together to honor the accomplishments of our graduates and celebrate them as our newest alumni,” he continued. College- and school-specific ceremonies will take place in the two days prior to this commencement, though the locations have not yet been announced. As is customary, ceremonies for the Kline School of Law and the Drexel College of Medicine will be held in May.
May. 30, 2014
War criminals at commencement?
This year, however, serious controversy has erupted over the commencement address. The most prominent flap was at Rutgers University, where students and some faculty objected to the selection of Condoleezza Rice as the speaker. Rice has respectable academic credentials: she was a Sovietologist and provost at Stanford University. Unfortunately, she was also George W. Bush’s national security adviser and later secretary of state. In this capacity, she participated in the Bush-Cheney plot to launch war against a nonbelligerent state, Iraq. An invasion which, as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan delicately put it, appeared to be a violation of international law, not to mention the Nuremburg Code under which we prosecuted Nazi war criminals.
May. 30, 2014
U.S. Secretary of Labor addresses grads
The Drexel University School of Law hosted its commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2014 May 21. The event celebrated the successes of 141 class members at the Kimmel Center.
May. 13, 2011
Surgeon general to give keynote
United States Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will be the keynote speaker at the Drexel University College of Medicine’s commencement ceremony May 20 at the Kimmel Center, according to a Drexel press release.