Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Countdown to Commencement 2012

Peirce College Commencement 2012 at the Kimmel Center
Countdown to Commencement 2012 has begun! On Monday, June 11, we’ll be returning to The Kimmel Center to celebrate the class of 2012. Here are some highlights and things to remember as you prepare to join the ranks of Peirce College alumni!

Soundtrack to Commencement: This one might sound familiar! For the second year in a row, Peirce students have chosen “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead to be the closing song at Commencement 2012.

Student Speaker: The Commencement Committee is pleased to announce that Atiya Goldsmith-Irby has been selected as the Student Commencement Speaker for this year’s ceremony. Atiya is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management. She is the president of Peirce’s Kappa Nu chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business Administration. She has served as a committee member for the Community College of Philadelphia Alumni Association, where she created a book voucher awards program and established the Goldsmith-Irby Scholarship. Atiya has also volunteered as a committee planning member for the American Heart Association. She and her husband, James Irby, are the proud parents of Malik, Wysem, and Anera. In her spare time, Atiya enjoys listening to music, reading and swimming. We can’t wait to hear from her at Commencement!

Keynote Speaker:
Patricia Coulter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Philadelphia, will deliver the keynote address. Just last week, she stopped by to get to know some of our students, faculty, and staff. She also took some time to talk with us about her visit and why she’s looking forward to speaking at Commencement 2012 … stay tuned to the blog for a video of our interview with Pat!

Caps and Gowns: Caps and gowns are on sale now through May 18, available through under the My Classes tab, or in the Business Office during Business Office Hours.* The cost for cap, gown, tassel, and hood is $40, with an additional $11 shipping and handling fee if you order online.

*Business Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for Family and Friends: Once a cap and gown have been purchased, graduates may request up to eight tickets for their guests. Ticket requests can be made at under the My Classes tab. Please keep in mind that all guests are required to have tickets and no extra tickets are available! We’ll set up a ticket swap message board on the Peirce College Facebook page for those who want to offer up extras they won’t be using.

Graduation Portraits: Herff Jones will be providing services for any graduate wishing to purchase graduation portraits. Students will receive a mailing with details or can go to to find out about services and to schedule an appointment. When scheduling an appointment, please enter school code: 87148. Herff Jones will be on campus for graduation photos on May 10 from 5 to 9 p.m., May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and June 11 from noon to 5 p.m. All photography sessions will take place in College Hall, room 65.

Announcements, Frames, and Rings: Graduates can also visit the Herff Jones website for information about ordering graduation announcements, diploma frames, and college rings. For additional information about diploma frames, contact the Business Office at 888.467.3472, ext.9600, or visit the Framing Success website.

Open House and Receptions: On Monday, June 11, students and guests are welcome to participate in a tour of Peirce College. Tours will run every 30 minutes beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

Share your stories: We want to hear about what your experience at Peirce has meant to you! How do you feel about the upcoming graduation ceremony? Did you think this day would never come? What is your most memorable moment from your time at Peirce? Share your pride and your accomplishments here in a comment and we’ll round up those sentiments in a future blog post to capture the emotions of graduation -- be sure to include your name, degree, and expected graduation date!

We are so excited to celebrate your achievements and make this a special day for you, your family, and friends! Remember to check the Commencement website for updates. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, email me, or call me at 888.467.3472, ext. 9265.