Current Student Resources


Commencement Address, Spring 2018

Future Commencement Dates

  • Summer 2018 (Saturday, Aug. 11)
  • Fall 2018 (Saturday, Dec. 15)
  • Spring 2019 (Saturday, May 4)

Information for Students

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

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

Information for Families and Guests

Parking and Seating for Guests with Disabilities: ADA parking for the Bellisario College commencement ceremony and reception will be available at the section of Lot Yellow H at Shields Building, which is located on Curtin Road next to Pegula Ice Arena and across the street from the Bryce Jordan Center.

Guests with disabilities should arrive an hour early to avoid the last-minute rush. 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 disability in the accessible seating
area. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, and are armless portable chairs to allow
movement for wheelchairs.

Other family members may sit in the regular seating located throughout the arena.

Parking Information

Parking Map & Traffic Advisory

Bellisario College of Communications graduates, families, and guests are encouraged to park in the
East Parking Deck, located on Bigler Road, just south of Park Avenue. Leaving from this location will
allow attendees to avoid congestion near the Jordan Center from other incoming commencement

Commencement parking for all ceremonies will be available at no charge, courtesy of Penn State
Transportation Services. If there are any questions, please contact the University Parking Office by
phone (814-865-1436) or by email (

Local Info/Lodging

For a complete listing of overnight accommodations for commencement, area restaurants, and
driving directions and maps, please contact the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors
Bureau for assistance. The Bureau does not take reservations, but will provide information. Please
visit, or call 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400.

Directions:  For directions to the Bryce Jordan Center, please visit


  • 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 before 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