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Graduation (RAQA, GCPR, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Sciences)



Diploma Ceremony for non-thesis MS Programs | Celebrations and Procedures

Each year, the RAQA graduate program holds a separate diploma ceremony for students who receive the MS in one of our four programs:  RAQA, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Sciences, Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations, and Advanced Biotherapeutics: Manufacturing and RA. 

We anticipate the 2023 Diploma Ceremony being held on Sunday, June 11, 2023.  More details will be announced soon.

The 2022 event was held Sunday, June 5, 2022, at the Talamore Country Club in Ambler, PA, and started promptly at 11:30 am.  The keynote speaker was Anne E. Johnson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Director (Philadelphia District) and Program Division Director (Bioresearch Monitoring Division I).  

If you are completing your requirements for one of these non-thesis MS programs and wish to know the procedure for applying for graduation and receiving your diploma, click here.

To view photos of RAQA graduation celebrations since 2009, click here.

Graduates are welcome to attend the following ceremonies each year:

Due to COVID, recent Diploma Ceremonies have been virtual.  The 2022 Diploma Celebration for RAQA graduates from August 2021, December 2021, and May 2022 is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2022. Invitations to graduates will be sent in early April 2022. Please save the date!

Temple University's Commencement Ceremony for all degree programs is usually held each year in early May at the Liacouras Center on Temple's Main Campus in Philadelphia. This is an exciting and huge event, where graduates from all of the schools and colleges participate in caps and gowns and are recognized as a group by the dean of each school or college. Tickets must be ordered in advance through the Temple University website. Students are responsible for renting caps and gowns for the event to participate (approximately $100).

A smaller and more personalized graduation celebration is held specifically by the RAQA graduate program each year (either in late May or June). This event personally recognizes all of the graduates by name and includes a formal lunch. A professional photographer and videographer are available. Invitations will be mailed to graduates in mid-April. If you are an international student who plans to have family members attend from overseas, please contact QARAREG@temple.edu in early February for a letter to submit for visa purposes.