Senior Send-Off

9am - 12pm

The Senior Send-Off is an important part of PCA&D’s recognition of the senior class. At this celebratory event, the Class of 2021 will gather with their faculty in separate cohorts by major in the Art Garden. Each group will have time for reflection and sharing, as well as a chance to tour the Senior Exhibition in the Main Gallery. Masks must be worn in the Art Garden as well as in the building.

The time frame is as follows

9 am: Animation & Game Art and Graphic Design

10 am: Fine Art and Photography & Video

11 am: Illustration

The event will take place under a tent in the Art Garden. Although this is an in-person event, seniors, faculty, and staff who are not able to attend in person may do so through this Zoom link.

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Conferring Of Degrees


In recognition of the Class of 2021 and the official Conferring of Degrees for Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, the entire PCA&D community and families of the graduating Class of 2021 are invited to attend a virtual ceremony in celebration and recognition of our seniors. 

The Conferring of Degrees Ceremony will be held virtually with a link to be shared closer to Friday, May 7. The program will begin at 2 pm.

Senior Gallery Exhibition

In-person Exhibit, Opens May 7

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to present the artwork of the graduating Class of 2021 in a Gallery Exhibition that highlights one work from each of the 58 seniors. The Sincerely Yours show will be on display at PCA&D’s Main Gallery through July 17.

This exhibit was co-curated by five members of the Class of 2021: Nicole Denzler, Photograhy & Video; Mandi Hall, Fine Art; Alexis Lebesco, Illustration; Regina Marie Mehaffey, Graphic Design; and Rachel Stork, Fine Art, as part of a Gallery practicum. Visitation will be permissible through a time-ticketed system.

Senior Send-Off Wall

Although we have remained socially distanced throughout the year, the Senior Send-Off wall offers an opportunity to pass a note, drop a business card, or contribute a little remembrance item to seniors wishing them well or giving them a way to stay in touch.

Who: Anyone can drop a note off to a senior!

What: Bring a note, a memento, a small piece of art, etc. with you to drop in an envelope OR use the paper and supplies here if you feel moved to create a last-minute note or drop a business/contact card off.

When: Monday, April 12 – Fri May 7

Where: Learning Commons

Please take your envelope with you after your department’s Senior Send-Off time on May 7. Any leftover envelopes will be mailed to your address on file.

2021 Time Capsule

As you are heading out to start your career and new life as a graduate, what story would you like to tell to future generations of artists about what was happening during your time at PCA&D, how you felt/changed/persevered this year, or maybe what you learned? 

Who: Seniors only, please

What: Bring a note, piece of art, or memento to seal in the time capsule OR use the paper and supplies here to create a last-minute note/drawing to capture your feelings at the end of your senior year.

When: Monday, April 12 – Fri May 7

Where: Learning Commons 

The Time Capsule will be “sealed” after Senior Send-Off May 7 — please be sure to drop off your submission by then!

More Details

The Senior Send-Off is designed for seniors where designated faculty and staff members celebrate seniors’ achievements. Seniors will have an opportunity to tour the Senior Exhibition in the Gallery and participate in the Senior Send-Off Wall and Time Capsule activities in the Atrium. The event will be held in person in the PCA&D Art Garden. Students, faculty, and staff who cannot attend in person, will be able to attend online. This event will also feature food, fun, and festivities. Seniors should RSVP as soon as possible.

The Senior Send-Off event is specifically for seniors. Parents, friends, and family members are invited and encouraged to attend the virtual Conferring of Degrees ceremony in the afternoon.

The Senior Send-Off is a campus tradition in which seniors will participate in a formal ceremony in their transition from student to alumni. To acknowledge the formality of this tradition, seniors should wear business formal attire, e.g. dress pants and a nice shirt, skirt, and blouse, dress.

The Conferring of Degrees is the moment where seniors graduate and officially become alumni of PCA&D. During this momentous occasion, seniors will officially be congratulated by the President of the College and the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Also during this time, the Provost will acknowledge and read the names of each graduate.

May 7 marks seniors’ completion of their academic and co-curricular graduation requirements of the College for their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. PCA&D wants to celebrate and acknowledge the seniors’ achievements through a formal Conferring of Degrees. The Conferring of Degrees officially acknowledges and confirms the seniors’ graduation from the College.

Although the Conferring of Degrees is meaningful and an important milestone for seniors, PCA&D will fully celebrate both the Classes of 2020 and 2021 and their perseverance through this unprecedented time in our world history. In addition, graduation is not only an achievement for the students/alumni, but for family and friends as well who have been with them throughout this journey. As such, PCA&D will host an in-person Commencement on Friday, October 15th that will provide the Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates along with their family and friends a formal and meaningful moment to celebrate together as a community at Clipper Stadium. Academic Regalia, speakers, awards, and PCA&D pride will permeate throughout this space. 

After May 7, PCA&D will turn our attention to finalizing the plans for the October 15 Commencement, so stay tuned to the Class of 2021 webpage for updates.

The Conferring of Degrees will be a virtual event and begin at 2 pm, following the Senior Send-Off celebration. Seniors, friends and family members will be able to watch the Conferring of Degrees by clicking the link posted on the on the Class of 2021 webpage the morning of May 7.
Students will have their diplomas mailed to their listed address. For seniors who wish their diploma to go to a different address, please contact the registrar. In addition, all seniors will need to have completed their financial aid exit counseling as noted by Director of Financial Aid, Dave Hershey, as well as have a “zero” balance on their account as noted by Bursar, Lisa Good, in order to receive their diploma. If you have any questions regarding financial aid or your balance, please contact dhershey@pcad.edu or lgood@pcad.edu respectively.
Seniors will be able to view the Senior Exhibition: Sincerely Yours with their classmates, faculty, and staff during the Senior Send-Off on May 7. The Senior Exhibition will be open to the public following the Senior Send-Off where individuals can sign up for time tickets to view the exhibit. Time tickets are necessary in order to make sure the College is following health and safety protocols for the number of people who can be in the space at one time. Seniors and their families have exclusive access to these timed tickets until April 30, when they will be available to the general public. PCA&D parent and family members can reserve their tickets here

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