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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

Summer 2018 Undergraduate Commencement

Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Candidates

Time: Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.

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.

Spring Parking

Please find parking and seating information for your designated venue:

Or visit our Spring 2018 Commencement Interactive Map, with commencement venues and parking already added.

Summer & Fall Parking

General parking will be available in the Stadium West and Jordan East lots. There is no fee for parking. Admittance into the Jordan Center will be permitted 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Guests are to enter Gates A, B, C or D.

Accessibility

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 https://transportation.psu.edu/sites/transportation/files/ada_access_map.pdf.

Bryce Jordan Center and Pegula Ice Arena: Parking attendants will be on duty to guide guests to the appropriate areas. No parking placards are needed to access the ADA-designated lots, and there is no fee for parking.

Eisenhower Auditorium: Parking placards will be required for accessible parking spaces in the Eisenhower Parking Deck.  

Seating for Guests with Disabilities

Reserved seat tickets will not be needed, but guests with disabilities should arrive early to avoid the last-minute rush.

Bryce Jordan Center: Guest Relations Representatives will be available to assist individuals to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, armless portable chairs that allow movement for wheelchairs and high-backed chairs.

Pegula Ice Arena: Ushers will be available to assist individuals to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, cushioned chairs with armrests (some with wheels some without) that allow movement for wheelchairs. 

Eisenhower Auditorium: Wheelchair seating is available in Eisenhower Auditorium, and a number of appropriately located seats have been reserved for patrons with disabilities. Please call 814-865-4727 to make accessible seating arrangements.

The ADA requires that companion seating be provided immediately adjacent to an accessible seat. However, due to space limitations, only one person may accompany the guest with a disability in the accessible seating area. Other family members may sit in the general seating located throughout the venue.

Other

If you have questions about the physical access provided for Spring Commencement, please contact your graduate’s college commencement coordinator at the information provided on commencement.psu.edu/about/colleges.

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 & Video

Photos

Photographers from GradImages™ will be at each commencement ceremony to take photographs of students as they individually approach, cross, and exit the stage. GradImages™ offers a free 5 x 7 and an opportunity to purchase additional photos to any student who provides U.S. mailing and email addresses on the reverse side of the name card distributed with graduation instructions. GradImages™ will be in touch with students soon after graduation.

Video

Commencement ceremonies are live streamed and available following commencement on Penn State’s YouTube Channel and the Commencement Live Stream Archive. Breaking news regarding commencement ceremonies may also be available from Penn State Live, our official news source. 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.

Information for Families and Guests

Summer 2018 Graduate Commencement

Advanced Degree Candidates

Time: Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 2:30 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

Degree candidates have already assumed their places before the start of the ceremony. All rise for the formal entrance of the platform party. Following the processional, all remain standing for the singing of the National Anthem and the Penn State Alma Mater.

Prelude & Invocation

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.

Conferral of Degrees

University Marshals will direct Master’s candidates to 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.

After the conferral of Master’s degrees, Doctoral candidates and their faculty escorts will rise and hooding will take place. University Marshals will direct degree candidates to 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.

Recessional

All those who participated in the processional, recess from the arena, concluding the commencement ceremony.

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.
You can also visit our Spring 2018 Commencement Interactive Map, with commencement venues and parking already added.

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

Parking attendants will be on duty to guide you. No parking placards are needed for this lot, and there is no fee for parking. To ensure the safety of all guests and to assist with traffic flow between each ceremony, drivers are discouraged from dropping off or picking up guests outside of the designated ADA parking areas. These areas are ADA accessible and located just a short distance from entrances.

Seating

Reserved seat tickets will not be needed, but guests with disabilities should arrive early to avoid the last-minute rush. Guest Relations Representatives will be available to assist individuals to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. The ADA requires that companion seating be provided immediately adjacent to an accessible seat. However, due to space limitations, only one person may accompany the guest with a disability in the accessible seating area. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, armless portable chairs that allow movement for wheelchairs and high-backed chairs. Other family members may sit in the general seating located throughout the arena.

For an ADA access map of campus, visit https://transportation.psu.edu/sites/transportation/files/ada_access_map.pdf.

Other

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

Photos

Graduate students will have the opportunity to provide their mailing address on-site at the registration tables prior to graduation. GradImages™ will be in touch with students soon after graduation.

Video

Commencement ceremonies are live streamed and available following commencement on Penn State’s YouTube Channel and the Commencement Live Stream Archive. Breaking news regarding commencement ceremonies may also be available from Penn State Live, our official news source. 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.

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