Commencement

at University Park

Congratulations to our graduating students! In keeping with Penn State’s proud academic heritage, we want to make the commencement ceremony a meaningful and enjoyable one for degree candidates and guests. If you are involved in this semester’s ceremony, please review what the day has in store for you.

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Commencement

at University Park
Congratulations to our graduating students! In keeping with Penn State’s proud academic heritage, we want to make the commencement ceremony a meaningful and enjoyable one for degree candidates and guests. If you are involved in this semester’s ceremony, please review what the day has in store for you.

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Graduate Demographics

160+

Degree Programs

863,636

Degrees Awarded 1861–2018

50

U.S. States

140

Countries

Declare Intent To Graduate

It is the graduating student’s responsibility to notify the University of his or her intent to graduate. This should be done by using the Graduating This Semester LionPath application at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Check the Academic Calendar for the dates when students can activate their intent to graduate.
More about activating intent

After the graduation activation period expires, only the status is available via the Graduating This Semester LionPath application. In order to change the graduation status:

  • Graduate students should contact Graduate Enrollment Services, 114 Kern Building, 814-865-1795.
  • Undergraduate students should contact the appropriate college office.

Printed programs that list the names of students who are graduating are distributed at the commencement ceremonies. If the intent to graduate is activated after the student information has been sent to the publisher, the graduating student’s name will not appear in the program.

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Commencement Modules

Resources

Enhance your commencement experience with our collection of local resources—including maps, visitor information, and more.

Media

Follow media coverage of commencement and join us on social media to share your commencement experience.

Schedule

Plan your commencement weekend with this complete list of ceremony dates and times. For future commencement dates at University Park, please review the Office of the Registrar’s Academic Calendar.

FAQ

If you have any questions regarding the ceremony, please visit our FAQ page or contact the Office of Campus and Community Events by email at graduation@psu.edu or by phone at 814-865-2501.