Commencement Ceremony - Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10 am-12 pm

This ceremony serves (undergraduate) students who have completed academic requirements in June, students who finished the previous December, and students will finish by the end of August. Graduate-level students attend the Lancaster, PA ceremony. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar's Office.


The deadline to apply for the Spring graduation cycle is February 15. A $50 late fee will be charged for applications received after this deadline.


Christian Stronghold Baptist Church
4701 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131


 CHECKLIST - Am I ready for the Commencement Ceremony?

Before Ceremony Date - Have I…
  • Confirmed my participation in the ceremony, degree and regalia details via email?
  • Picked up my regalia (cap and gown)? (usually one week prior to ceremony)
  • Tried on gown for sizing and ironed it?
  • Packed dress clothes for the ceremony?
  • Packed Bible to carry with me in the ceremony?
  • Returned all books to the library?
  • Taken care of holds on library fines, tuition payment, etc.?

Graduation Items for Purchase


Diploma Frames through Bookends Bookstore or by emailing

Graduation Invitations  >> Order Here

Meet Our Commencement Speaker

Zachary RitvaskyZachary Ritvalsky is an Assistant Professor and Philadelphia Site Director for Lancaster Bible College’s Philadelphia Center for Urban Theological Studies. In addition to his role at PCUTS, he has served as the pastor of Sweet Union Baptist Church in Philadelphia for over ten years. While serving at Sweet Union, Ritvalsky was instrumental in helping to form Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild (P.O.W.E.R.), a social justice ecumenical organization that is comprised of more than 40 faith communities. Ritvalsky also oversaw the opening of the Carroll Park Center for Hope, Help, and Healing which provides legal, housing, and job placement services to residents of West Philadelphia. Additionally, Ritvalsky worked alongside community members to form the HMC2 Realty Development Corporation, a for-profit real estate development company financed, owned and operated by local community residents. Before Ritvalsky became the current pastor of Sweet Union, he earned his Masters of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to graduating from Westminster, he held positions of increasing responsibility with several corporations including the LF Driscoll Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ernst & Young, LLP. He has been married for 25 years to Cherie Ritvalsky, and together, they have two children, Kristy and Ilana, along with two grandchildren, McKenzie and Roman.

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