At the end of the fall and spring semesters, PBA holds a Commencement ceremony for all graduates. Commencement is held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, just west of the PBA main campus.
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Commencement Quick Facts for Parents
Graduation or Commencement begins at 2 p.m. The event takes place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, on Okeechobee Boulevard just west of the PBA campus. Line up for the academic procession begins at 12:30 p.m., so graduates should plan to arrive around that time. It is strongly recommended that all graduates attend Graduation Rehearsal at 1 p.m. the Friday prior in the DeSantis Family Chapel on campus.
Where exactly is the Convention Center and where do I park? The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach (33401). Free parking is available at the Convention Center.
Do I need a ticket to attend graduation?
Tickets are required for all guests. Guests who require special seating (e.g. wheelchairs, etc.) should have their graduate contact the Office of the Registrar at (561) 803-2000 to make arrangements. Doors open and guests may be seated one hour before the event. Commencement is a ticketed event, so please do not invite guests for whom you do not have tickets. Please e-mail ticket questions to Registrar@pba.edu.
What about photographs and recordings of the ceremony?
Grad Images is the official photographer for Commencement. Two individual photos of each graduate are taken. The proofs are sent to each graduate offering the option of purchasing the photos directly from Grad Images. In addition, a DVD of the ceremony is available. Ordering information is available at cap and gown pick up.
You may take your own photographs prior to, during and after the ceremony. Please observe the roped off areas that allow the academic procession to enter and leave the auditorium. Please be considerate of other guests and the nature of the ceremony when you choose your camera positions.
What happens after the ceremony?
When the ceremony concludes after the Benediction, guests are asked to stand during the academic recessional. At the conclusion of the recessional, guests may leave through the guest exit and join their graduates and the faculty for photos and fellowship.
Afterward, if you're hungry, there are a number of excellent restaurants in CityPlace within walking distance of the convention center.
If you have more questions, please contact: Registrar@pba.edu