Commencement

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Commencement

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Welcome!

These instructions1 will answer many of the questions you might have concerning your graduate’s commencement and help to make the conferral of his or her degree a memorable and joyous experience for you both.

For future commencement ceremonies, please see the general schedule.

For commencement ceremonies located at one of our other campuses, please see the instructions for your graduate’s campus.

For Spring Commencement, please see further instructions for your graduate’s college.

Information for Families and Guests

Fall 2018 Undergraduate Commencement

Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates

Time: Saturday, December 15, 2018 (see schedule for time)

Location: The Bryce Jordan Center

Please Note: Doors open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

 

Ceremony Details

Spring Commencement
Summer & Fall Commencement

Parking & Seating

Open seating will be available for guests. Tickets are not required, and there is no guest limit.

Summer & Fall Parking

Accessibility

Graduates with Disabilities
Parking for Guests with Disabilities
Seating for Guests with Disabilities
Other Accommodations

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation not mentioned above or have questions about the physical access provided for Summer or Fall Commencement, please contact the Office of Campus and Community Events at graduation@psu.edu or call 814-865-2501.

Accommodation arrangements should be made at least 2 weeks prior to commencement to allow sufficient time to effectively meet your access needs.

Lodging

Parents and families of graduating students who are looking for overnight accommodations for commencement at University Park may contact the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau for assistance. The Bureau monitors a large selection of member hotels, bed and breakfasts, and motels throughout Centre County for lodging availability. The Bureau does not take reservations, but you may obtain a list of available lodging (with phone numbers) by visiting www.visitpennstate.org or by calling 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400. The Bureau also offers maps and directions.

Travel

WE ARE traveling to State College / University Park via…
Air

The University Park Airport is serviced by Northwest, US Airways, United Express and Delta Connection carrier Comair. Shuttle service is available to the Nittany Lion Inn for hotel guests. Taxi service is also available from the airport.

Bus

Greyhound has regular service to State College. Call 800-231-2222 for details. Local bus service is available from most points surrounding campus.

Car

State College is 15 miles south of I-80 on U.S. Route 220 or state Route 26. Route 26 intersects with U.S. Route 322 Business (Atherton Street) in downtown State College and the southwest corner of the University Park campus.

From New York and points east: Take I-80 west to Exit 161 (Bellefonte), then state Route 26 to I-99 south to State College.

From Philadelphia: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Exit 247 (Harrisburg East), then Interstate 83 north to I-81. Then, take I-81 south to the U.S. Route 322/22 exit. Take Route 322 west to Lewistown and State College.

From Pittsburgh: Take U.S. Route 22 east to Duncansville, take I-99/Route 220 north to State College.

From Washington, D.C. and points south: Take I-270 to Frederick, MD., then U.S. Route 15 north to Camp Hill. Then, take I-81 south to the Route 322/22 exit. Take Route 322 to Lewistown and State College.

From Chicago and points west: Take I-80 east to Exit 161 (Bellefonte) and follow I-99/U.S. 220 South to State College.

For directions or more information about the Bryce Jordan Center, please see https://www.bjc.psu.edu or our Resources page.  If you have any other questions, email graduation@psu.edu or call the Office of Campus and Community Events at 814-865-2501.

Photos & Live Stream

Guests are welcome to bring any hand-held photo and video device that can be used from their seats. Only graduates are permitted on the event floor area.

Photos
Live Stream

Information for Families and Guests

Fall 2018 Graduate Commencement

Advanced Degree Candidates

Time: Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 4:30 p.m.

Location: The Bryce Jordan Center

Please Note: Doors open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

 

Ceremony Details

The ceremony lasts approximately 2-2.5 hrs (Spring) and 1.5-2 hrs (Summer & Fall) and includes four main sections: the processional, the prelude and invocation, the conferral of degrees, and the recessional.

Processional
Prelude & Invocation
Conferral of Degrees
Recessional

Parking

General parking will be available in Stadium West and Jordan East. Guests should enter Gates A, B, C, or D. Degree candidates should enter Gate B, Portal 15. There is no fee for parking.

Accessibility

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

Parking
Seating
Other Accommodations

Lodging

Parents and families of graduating students who are looking for overnight accommodations for commencement at University Park may contact the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau for assistance. The Bureau monitors a large selection of member hotels, bed and breakfasts, and motels throughout Centre County for lodging availability. The Bureau does not take reservations, but you may obtain a list of available lodging (with phone numbers) by visiting www.visitpennstate.org or by calling 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400. The Bureau also offers maps and directions.

Travel

WE ARE traveling to State College / University Park via…
Air

The University Park Airport is serviced by Northwest, US Airways, United Express and Delta Connection carrier Comair. Shuttle service is available to the Nittany Lion Inn for hotel guests. Taxi service is also available from the airport.

Bus

Greyhound has regular service to State College. Call 800-231-2222 for details. Local bus service is available from most points surrounding campus.

Car

State College is 15 miles south of I-80 on U.S. Route 220 or state Route 26. Route 26 intersects with U.S. Route 322 Business (Atherton Street) in downtown State College and the southwest corner of the University Park campus.

From New York and points east: Take I-80 west to Exit 161 (Bellefonte), then state Route 26 to I-99 south to State College.

From Philadelphia: Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to Exit 247 (Harrisburg East), then Interstate 83 north to I-81. Then, take I-81 south to the U.S. Route 322/22 exit. Take Route 322 west to Lewistown and State College.

From Pittsburgh: Take U.S. Route 22 east to Duncansville, take I-99/Route 220 north to State College.

From Washington, D.C. and points south: Take I-270 to Frederick, MD., then U.S. Route 15 north to Camp Hill. Then, take I-81 south to the Route 322/22 exit. Take Route 322 to Lewistown and State College.

From Chicago and points west: Take I-80 east to Exit 161 (Bellefonte) and follow I-99/U.S. 220 South to State College.

For directions or more information about the Bryce Jordan Center, please see https://www.bjc.psu.edu or our Resources page.  If you have any other questions, email graduation@psu.edu or call the Office of Campus and Community Events at 814-865-2501.

Photos & Live Stream

Guests are welcome to bring any hand-held photo and video device that can be used from their seats. Only graduates are permitted on the event floor area.

Photos
Live Stream
  1. Select your graduate’s degree type to learn more about that particular ceremony.