WE ARE…

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WE ARE…

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Congratulations!

You have achieved your academic goal—conferral of your degree. These instructions1 will answer many of the questions you might have concerning commencement and help to make the conferral of your degree a memorable and joyous experience for you, your family, and your friends. 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 campus. For Spring Commencement, please see further instructions for your college.

Information for Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates

Summer 2018

Time: Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Location: The Bryce Jordan Center

Please Note: Doors open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Graduates are to arrive at least 45 minutes before the ceremony start time.

 

The Day of the Event

It is the expectation that all students 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 to share equally in every graduate’s moment says much about who we are as a community of Penn Staters and is a true demonstration of “WE ARE…PENN STATE!”

Spring Commencement
Summer & Fall Commencement

Academic Dress

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. If you need assistance, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at 814-863-0206.

Due to the formality of this occasion and safety concerns regarding walking on the steps and stage, please wear appropriate footwear; flip flops, clogs and loose fitting shoes are not recommended. In addition, it is requested that men wear slacks and a dress shirt with tie. For women, slacks with a blouse or a dress is appropriate.

Please Note: Ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State academic ceremonies. Thank you for your cooperation.

Academic Distinction Cords
Military Recognition

Parking & Seating

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

Spring Parking
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.

Photos & Video

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
Video

Diplomas

It is critical for the University to have the correct information for the diploma and an accurate diploma mailing address for each student. Visit the Registrar’s Graduation web site for additional information on making corrections. Diplomas will be mailed, at no cost, approximately four to six weeks after the ceremony. If you have questions regarding your diploma please contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Office of the University Registrar
Penn State University
112 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-6357

Email: registrar@psu.edu
Administrative Fax: 814-863-1929

Transcripts

The official transcript is the University’s official statement of your academic record. It lists all courses completed, all grades earned, and the semester in which they were received. The official transcript also contains notations of distinctions, minors, options, and degrees received. The official transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the University seal and signature of the University Registrar. You may be asked to provide a copy of your official transcript to potential employers, graduate schools, professional organizations, and so on. It is very common for these employers and organizations to request that the University send your transcript directly to them. For your protection, we will not release an official transcript without your permission and signature. The degree conferral message will not appear on the transcript until approximately two weeks after the graduation ceremony. If you ordered an end of semester transcript, it will not be processed until the degree conferral message has been posted. For ordering transcripts, visit https://www.registrar.psu.edu See the Registrar’s Transcripts web site for additional information and instructions on how to obtain your transcript.

Office of the University Registrar
Penn State University
112 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-6357

Email: registrar@psu.edu
Administrative Fax: 814-863-1929

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Spring Commencement ceremony, please direct questions to your individual college. If you have any questions regarding the Summer and Fall Commencement ceremonies, please visit our FAQ page or contact the Office of Campus and Community Events by email at graduation@psu.edu or 814-865-2501 by phone.

Information for Advanced Degree Candidates

Summer 2018

Time: Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m.

Location: The Bryce Jordan Center

Please Note: Graduates are to arrive 1 hour before the ceremony start time.

 

Important Notices

Ceremony Etiquette
Degree Requirements
Reserving Graduate Seating

The Day of the Event

Master’s Candidates
Doctoral Candidates
General Information for Graduates

Academic Dress

Academic regalia or the dress uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces is required in order to participate in graduation exercises. Advanced degree candidates wear the tassel of the cap on the left front edge. Doctoral candidates should carry their hoods over their left arms during the processional; master’s candidates should wear the hoods over their shoulders (velvet toward chin). Caps and gowns may be ordered from the Penn State Bookstore. Rental cap and gown orders need to be placed six to eight weeks in advance to obtain proper hood color. If you need assistance, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at 814-863-0206.

Please Note: Ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State academic ceremonies. Thank you for your cooperation.

Military Recognition

Procedures

  1. Stand for the procession of the doctoral candidates, faculty escorts, and the platform party. Remain standing for the National Anthem. At the end of the program, rise and remain standing for the singing of the Alma Mater.
  2. Following the commencement address and the authorization by the Trustee for conferral of degrees, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School will be recognized.
  3. Degree conferral:
    • Master’s candidates. University Marshals will direct the movement to the stage. Candidates give the card with their name and degree on it to the staff as you approach the stage. The University Nomenclator will then announce each candidate as he/she moves onto the stage. The candidate will shake hands with the President, Vice Provost/Dean of the Graduate School, Trustee, and College Dean. The process moves quickly, allowing no time for conversation. University Marshals will direct graduates back to their seats.
    • Doctoral candidates. At the conclusion of the conferring of master’s degrees, candidates for the doctoral degree and their faculty escorts will rise and hooding will take place. University Marshals will direct the movement to the stage. Candidates give the card with their name and degree on it to the staff as you approach the stage. The University Nomenclator will announce each candidate and escort by name and program as they move onto the stage. Diplomas will be awarded on stage for doctoral candidates. The candidate and escort will shake hands with the President, Vice Provost/Dean of the Graduate School, Trustee, and College Dean. The process moves quickly, allowing no time for conversation. University Marshals will direct graduates back to their seats.
  4. The recessional will include all those who participated in the processional and will be directed by the University Marshals.

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

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

Photos & Video

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
Video

Other

For more information about commencement, visit our FAQ page, call 814-865-5448, or email gradthesis@psu.edu. To order transcripts, visit the Registrar’s home page at https://www.registrar.psu.edu/.

Information for World Campus Students

Penn State World Campus students interested in attending commencement may visit the World Campus student site. For more information call 814-863-5256 or email WDGraduationCoordinator@outreach.psu.edu.

Related Events for World Campus Students

Prior to commencement, Penn State World Campus also hosts a Graduation Celebration which is an informal reception for graduates, their families and friends. This is a separate event from your commencement ceremony.

  1. Select your degree type to learn more about your particular ceremony.