April 1  - Last Day to Register for Graduation at Registrar's Office


April 22, 12:30 pm - Mandatory Senior Class Meeting


Wednesday May 6 - Master’s Graduate and Undergraduate Honors Reception
Cheyney University Center City
5:30 pm –7:30 pm
Mellon Independence Building, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia 
Thursday May 7 - Brunch for all Graduates
10 am to 12:30 pm
Ada Georges Dining Hall, Main campus
Thursday May 7  - Rehearsal for Commencement
1:00 pm
Dudley Hall on the Quadrangle

Thursday May 7  - Torch Night Ceremony
7:00 pm
Cheyney University Quadrangle

Saturday May 9 - Commencement Convocation
11:00 am
Cheyney University Quadrangle

Information for graduating students

The 2015 Commencement Convocation will be held on the Cheyney University Quadrangle at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015. All graduates are expected to participate in Commencement and must be in proper academic attire. 


It is very important for everyone to have an enjoyable, safe graduation ceremony. Please be mindful of the following rules:

• Please arrive on time. Commencement will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Graduates are expected  no later than 9:30 a.m. Faculty are expected to arrive at Vaux-Logan by 9:30 a.m.

• Graduates must wear Commencement regalia.

• Orderly conduct is a must! Although we understand that everyone is excited, please stay only in designated areas and obey Public Safety Officers and ushers at all times.

• No beverages or illegal substances are permitted.

• Beach balls, toys or props of any kind are prohibited and will be confiscated.

• Please keep all children out of the graduate line-up and off the stage.

SEATING FOR COMMENCEMENT - Seating is on a first come basis. Guests should arrive together to ensure they will be seated together. We strongly recommend your guests arrive early to ensure seating together, especially groups of three to four.  Handicapped seating is available.

PARKING FOR COMMENCEMENT - We strongly recommend early arrival to ensure desired parking. Parking is available in the Airport (Creek Road) and Motorcycle lots (off Cheyney Road). Campus shuttles are available to transport guests with mobility difficulties to the Quad. Vehicles parked illegally will be towed. Please use designated parking areas.

CAPS & GOWNS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS  - Graduating Seniors, If you have not already ordered your graduation cap and gown, you may still purchase them at the Bookstore. The gowns will be available for pickup at the beginning of May. For further information, contact the Bookstore at 610-399-2550 or Laurialle Stanton, Bookstore Manager

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS - Custom Printed CU announcement packages can be ordered from Herff Jones on their website:

•         Blank cards with CU Shield & envelopes can be purchased at the bookstore.

•         Blank thank-you cards with CU Shield & envelopes can be purchased at the bookstore.

PHOTOGRAPHS - A photographer will take photos of all graduates as they exit the stage. These photos will be available for purchase.   Please refer to for details.

MANDATORY EXIT INTERVIEW - A Reminder to Graduating Seniors! If you were a student loan borrower, you must complete a mandatory on-line exit interview at You must then contact the Financial Aid Office at or by telephone at (610) 399-2302 to inform the Office that you have completed the exit interview. Completion of the process will remove any debt management stops that may have been placed on your account. A failure to complete the exit interview process will result in your records being sealed which will prevent you from receiving your diploma, transcripts and other documents from the university.

PLEASE USE THIS Exit Interview Survey form: pr/documents/1commencementExitCounselingforStudents.pdf


Dear Graduating Senior:  We would like to CONGRATULATE you on such a noteworthy accomplishment of graduating from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. In preparation for your participation in commencement activities you must be aware of the following:

Students will not be permitted to participate in commencement activities unless their student account balance is paid in full.

The graduation fees that have been or will be assessed to your account are the following:

Undergraduate Students

Degree Fee       $12

Graduation Fee       $36

Career Service Fee*    $30

Graduate Students

Degree Fee       $12

Graduation Fee**       $36

*The career service fee supports our Career Services Center which supports the academic, personal and professional development of Cheyney University's students and alumni by providing information, resources, speakers, networking opportunities and access to employers.

**The graduation fee and the degree fee are used to defray the cost of processing candidates for graduation, printing and mailing diplomas, and conducting the commencement ceremonies.

FINANCIAL STATUS - Students should check their financial status immediately.  Students will not be permitted to participate in commencement activities unless their student account balance is paid in full. Check your account on Power Campus Self Service or stop by the Bursar’s Office to obtain a copy of your current student account statement.

1) If your aid is not properly reflected on your statement contact Financial Aid immediately.

2) If all of the information is correct on your student account statement please remit payment to the Bursar’s Office. Payment can be made in person by going to the Bursar’s Office located on the 1st floor of the Wade Wilson building. Payment can also be made online by going to

Thank you for being a valued member of the Cheyney University community. Please contact Bursar's Office at 610-399-2224 with questions regarding your account. The Bursar’s office is located on the 1st floor of the Wade Wilson Building. 

CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION TO PARTICIPANT (WALK) IN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY - Students who have not completed all degree requirements, not to exceed six credit hours or two courses, may request to participate in commencement.  The form to request participation MUST be submitted as soon as possible complete with all necessary signatures.  Forms are available in the academic departments or online.  

DEGREE MAILING - Earned degrees for Spring 2015 graduates will be mailed in July and will be forwarded to graduates via certified mail to the home address of record. If address changes are necessary, please notify the Office of the Registrar in writing, by fax (610-399-2385) or email ( prior to April 20, 2015.