At the end of the fall and spring semesters, PBA holds a commencement ceremony for all graduates. Spring Commencement will be held on May 5, 2018 and will be at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker will be Geoffrey Canada, president and former chief executive officer for Harlem Children's Zone in New York City. 

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Commencement Quick Facts

What time is graduation?

Graduation or Commencement begins at 2 p.m. The event takes place at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, on Southern Blvd., approximately 20 minutes west of campus.  Line up for the academic procession begins at 12:30 p.m., so graduates should plan to arrive around that time. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for guests and close at 1:50 p.m. They will re-open after the processional. 

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 Expo Center and Where do I park? 

The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds is located at 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach (33411). 

There is an abundance of parking at the Expo Center but it is recommended that you arrive early. 

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Do I need a ticket to attend graduation?

Tickets are required for all guests. Each student receives five complimentary tickets and have five additional tickets for purchase at $5 per ticket. 

Guests who require special seating should make note of that on their ticket order. For any additional questions, please contact the Office of Registrar at (561) 803-2000. 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 keep in mind that only students can register and purchase tickets. 

Please email ticket questions to Registrar@pba.edu

What about photographs and recordings of the ceremony?

Grad Images is the official photographer for Commencement. Three 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. Commencement will be recorded and available on Youtube. 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.

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If you have more questions, please contact: Registrar@pba.edu