Current Student Resources


Commencement Address, Spring 2017

Future Commencement Dates

  • Spring 2018 (Saturday, May 5 / Noon, Bryce Jordan Center)
  • Summer 2018 (Saturday, Aug. 11)
  • Fall 2018 (Saturday, Dec. 15)
  • Spring 2019 (Saturday, May 4)

For Students and Families

Instructions: Instructions for baccalaureate degree candidates are included in information packets mailed to students who have declared their intent to graduate.

Graduates with Disabilities: Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. It is important that graduates notify the College of Communications (814-865-1503) if they anticipate needing any type of special accommodations.


  • Where do students purchase caps, gowns, announcements and related commencement items?
    The Penn State Bookstore
  • What if a student forgets to purchase a cap and gown?
    The Bookstore is open all weekend during commencement for last-minute caps and gowns.
  • Do those who attend need tickets?
    No, tickets are not required for the ceremony.
  • Is there a rececption after the ceremony?
    Yes, information will be provided for students and their families to RSVP in late April.
  • How do students confirm they have met all the requirements for graduation?
    Students may run a degree audit or visit the advising office in 204 Carnegie Building to schedule an appoinment or make a drop-in visit, which are available weekday mornings.
  • What time do students need to be at the Bryce Jordan Center?
    Graudates are asked to be at the BJC an hour before the ceremony and to REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR NAME CARDS
  • When do students get their diplomas?
    They will be mailed, at no cost, to all graduates who have satisfied all University, College and major requirements approximately four weeks after the cermony.

General commencement information may be found at