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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 Penn State undergraduate commencement ceremony for fall 2022 will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Penn State Graduate School commencement will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Information for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

  • Graduates are asked to arrive one hour prior to their ceremony start time.
  • Gates open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Academic dress or the uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces is required in order to participate in graduation exercises. Candidates for the baccalaureate and associate degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge. Students may order and purchase their caps and gowns from the Penn State Bookstore or our vendor Jostens directly. If you need assistance, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at 814-863-0206.

Note: Schreyer Honors Medals and cords received through the University (academic distinction and/or military cords) are University recognized commencement attire. Additional ornamentation is not permitted.

Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of the University Registrar to the graduate’s home address or LionPATH diploma mailing address approximately four weeks after graduation. For more information, visit registrar.psu.edu. 

Graduates with Disabilities: Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Information about commencement is available in alternative media on request.

Parking for Guests with Disabilities: Parking for guests with disabilities is available. For an ADA access map of campus, visit the ADA Access Interactive Map.

ADA seating will be available in each venue.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation not mentioned above or have questions about the physical access provided for Commencement, please contact the Office of Campus and Community Events at [email protected]. Accommodation arrangements should be made at least 2 weeks prior to commencement to allow sufficient time to effectively meet your access needs.

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!”

With high vaccination rates among students, faculty and staff, and most of Pennsylvania and the nation currently rated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having low COVID-19 Community Levels, face masks will be optional for commencement ceremonies. The University requires face masks to be worn while using public transportation (including transportation hubs) and/or while in healthcare facilities and certain research facilities and labs. Please note that, due to rapidly evolving COVID-19 conditions, the University reserves the right to amend any requirements, including masking, based on COVID-19 conditions.

Information for Families and Guests

  • Gates open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.
  • Tickets are not required and there is no guest limit. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Parking for Guests with Disabilities: Parking for guests with disabilities is available. For an ADA access map of campus, visit the ADA Access Interactive Map.
  • ADA seating will be available.
  • If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation not mentioned above or have questions about the physical access provided for Commencement, please contact the Office of Campus and Community Events at [email protected]. Accommodation arrangements should be made at least 2 weeks prior to commencement to allow sufficient time to effectively meet your access needs.
  • Guests are welcome to bring any hand-held photo and video device that can be used from their seats.

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.