Franklin University Switzerland’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Palazzo dei Congressi. The Palazzo dei Congressi is located in the lovely Parco Ciani, with its beautiful views of Lake Lugano (Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazza Indipendenza 4, CH - 6901 Lugano – view map). Family and friends of the graduates are welcome to join us for this memorable occasion. Details regarding the weekend events are included below.

Please be sure to make flight, hotel and other arrangements well in advance of the Commencement weekend. The Lugano Tourism website contains useful information, about airports, hotels, car rental, etc., in several different languages.

If you can't make it to Lugano, remember that the ceremony will be broadcast live.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Boat Cruise for Graduates, Alumni and Trustees

Alumni Council sponsored Lake Lugano boat cruise honoring the Class of 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

2:00 - 4:00 PM

Commencement Dress Rehearsal and Class Photo
Mandatory for graduates participating in Sunday's ceremony. A dress rehearsal and class photo session will be held in the Nielsen Auditorium at Kaletsch Campus

6:00 PM

Monte San Salvatore Graduates' Dinner
A dinner overlooking the Lake of Lugano and its surroundings is hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Office of Advancement for all graduates and their guests.
Pre-registration is required for all participants and we ask that one person reserves all tickets for the members of the party. All the details, including the menu and the registration form, can be found here.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

9:30 - 11:00 AM


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Awards Ceremony
Please join us in the Nielsen Auditorium at Kaletsch Campus for an Awards Ceremony that celebrates the leadership accomplishments and academic achievements of students, faculty and staff during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Note: There will be a coffee before the Awards Ceremony in the Kaletsch Campus Conference Room and on the back lawn, starting at 8:30 AM.

Groundbreaking Ceremony
Be a part of an historic celebration as The Board of Trustees of Franklin University Switzerland and President Greg Warden make a major announcement at our groundbreaking event immediately after the Awards Ceremony. View architectural renderings and meet our donors in front of New Building A!
Enjoy light refreshments. R.S.V.P. by May 10, 2019, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, May 19, 2019

6:00 PM

Graduate Arrival
All participating graduates are required to arrive at the Palazzo dei Congressi at 6:00 PM - doors open at 6:00 PM.

6:00 PM

Faculty and Trustee Arrival
Participating Faculty and Trustees should plan on arriving at the Palazzo dei Congressi at 6:00 PM - doors open at 6:00 PM.

7:00 PM

Commencement Ceremony
The 2019 Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7:00 PM.

8:45 - 10:00 PM

Commencement Reception
A reception in honor of the Class of 2019 and their families will immediately follow the ceremony.