Franklin University Switzerland’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, 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 Note: Driving Advisory for Sunday, May 21st, 2017

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 18, 2017

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Boat Cruise for Graduates, Alumni and Trustees

Alumni Council sponsored Lake Lugano boat cruise honoring the Class of 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

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, can be found here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

9:30 - 11:00 AM

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 2016-2017 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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

3:00 PM

Graduate Arrival
All participating graduates are required to arrive at the Palazzo dei Congressi at 3:00 PM - doors open at 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Faculty and Trustee Arrival
Participating Faculty and Trustees should plan on arriving at the Palazzo dei Congressi at 3:00 PM - doors open at 3:00 PM

4:00 PM

Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 4:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Professor Selwa A. F. Al-Hazzaa; MD; FRCS (Ophth)
Chairman/Professor, King Faisal Specialist Hospital &  Alfaisal University

5:30 - 7PM

Commencement Reception
A reception in honor of the Class of 2017 and their families will immediately follow the ceremony