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Student waving as her name is announced at commencement

Congratulations on achieving your academic goal – conferral of your degree! As we draw closer to commencement, if you have any questions about the completion of your final semester, please contact your academic adviser. (Photo by Annemarie Mountz)

The College of Education spring 2022 commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Pegula Ice Arena.

Information for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

  • Graduates should arrive 45 minutes prior to the ceremony and enter through Gate C (facing Holuba Hall).
  • The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Graduates will be seated according to their academic program; please see the seating layout mailed to graduating students.
  • Be sure to bring the name card that was mailed to you with you to the ceremony. If the card is misplaced, college staff will offer you a replacement when you arrive in the arena.  
  • Photographers from GradImages will be at the ceremony to take photos.

Parking will be available in East Parking Deck, Lot 44, and Stadium West. Please refer to the map mailed to graduating students for locations. There is no fee for parking. Click here to download the parking map.

 

You may purchase your cap and gown from the Penn State Bookstore. Ornamentation representing honorary societies and nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State commencement ceremonies. The only approved adornments are Honor Cords and Schreyer Honors College medals.

Diplomas will be mailed to your home address listed in LionPATH, approximately 4-6 weeks after commencement. For more information, visit http://www.registrar.psu.edu/graduation/diploma_distribution.cfm online.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If a graduate anticipates needing any type of accommodation, it is important that you notify Samantha Roan, 814-863-1497, by April 19.

It is the expectation that all graduates will remain on the floor until the conclusion of the ceremony out of respect for the importance and dignity of this occasion. Early departures are disruptive to other graduates and their families. Remaining says much about who we are as a community of Penn Staters and is a true demonstration of “WE ARE…PENN STATE!”

Information for Families and Guests

  • Admittance into Pegula will be permitted one hour prior to the ceremony. Families and guests enter through Gate A. Tickets are not required and there is no guest limit. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.
  • Graduates will be seated according to their academic department.

Parking will be available in East Parking Deck, Jordan East lot, and Stadium West lot. There is no fee for parking. There is no fee for parking. Click here to download the parking map.

Penn State encourages graduates and guests with disabilities to participate in its commencement ceremonies. Accommodations are available for guests with disabilities. Reserved seats are not required, but early arrival is recommended. Due to space limitations, only one person may accompany the guest with a disability in the accessible seating area. 

 

Graduating students should please refer to the parking map mailed to them for the designated ADA parking lots. The parking lot next to Shields building is the closest ADA parking for Pegula. Parking attendants will be on duty to guide guests to the appropriate areas. A state-issued ADA parking placard or license plate is required to access the designated ADA parking areas.

Photographers from GradImages will be at the ceremony to take photos. Please see the back of the student name card for details.

In the event that you are unable to join us at University Park, the ceremony may also be viewed at: https://www.commencement.psu.edu/media/live/. Please be advised that if your graduate does not attend the ceremony, their name will not be called.

Commencement is a formal academic ceremony. All families are waiting to hear the name of their individual graduate; please hold all noise and clapping until all students have crossed the stage platform.

Questions?

Please refer to the main Penn State commencement website at http://commencement.psu.edu for more information.