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Commencement and Senior Show & Celebration

PCA&D SealFriday May 3rd will be a day of annual celebration is the culmination of a day which begins with Commencement, when the BFA degree candidates in fine art, photography, graphic design, digital media, and illustration graduate, and ends with the Senior Show and Celebration, an exhibition event which launches the careers of PCA&D graduates.

37th Commencement: Friday May 3, 10:00 a.m.

The 37th Commencement of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will be held Friday, May 3 at 10 am at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts, on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College, 620 College Ave, Lancaster PA 17603.

Graduating seniors will receive their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in one of five majors: digital media, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and photography, during the May 3rd commencement ceremonies. This is a ticketed event.

Senior Show May 3rd Artwork by marina Salvatore '19

Senior Show & Celebration

Friday, May 3. 2019, at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Families & Friends: Beginning at 4 pm

Community Welcome: 5 – 8 p.m.

PCA&D’s Senior Show and Celebration is an event you don’t want to miss! It is Lancaster’s largest visual arts exhibition, which spotlights the achievements of our graduates. Come and meet these artists, designers and visionaries! The Class of 2019 will fill the College with stunning professional-level senior thesis projects in a variety of media: digital media, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and photography.  Enjoy the art, live music, refreshments & community!

From May 4-24, one work from each member of the Class of 2019 will be featured in the Main Gallery. Hours for the exhibit are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Senior Show & Celebration artwork by Marina Salvatore, Illustration ’19

Senior Strut, the student-only celebratory event where the seniors will receive their berets, a traditional symbol of the artist, will be held  Thursday, May 2nd, 6:00 -7:30 p.m., at PCA&D.

Commencement packets will be distributed in late-March to the members of the Class of 2019 and will contain commencement announcements, tickets for commencement, tickets for the family preview to the Senior Show and Celebration, logistical information and more.

Directions and Map to the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

Directions to Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 204 N Prince Street, Lancaster PA 17603

Places to Stay near PCA&D. For more places to stay and restaurant options, you can visit the official website of the local visitor’s bureau — www.padutchcountry.com

While you are in Lancaster. Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, is the annual Lancaster ArtWalk, a tour of the downtown galleries in Lancaster city, Pennsylvania. Special exhibitions, meet-the-artist events, children’s activities and live demonstrations are all available for discovery within the bustling independent galleries of Lancaster city.


If you have any questions about Senior Show & Celebration, please contact Jeff Bingeman, Director of Student Life at 717.396.7833 ext. 1018.  If you have any questions about Commencement or the venue, please contact David Hershey, Director of Financial Aid and Registrar, at 717.396.7833 ext. 1013.


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