For friends and family who cannot attend but would like to join you in celebrating your achievement, the ceremony will also be available for viewing on the Fall Commencement Live Stream at: http://commencement.psu.edu/fall-streaming.html.

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Degree Commencement Instructions (Graduates, Families and Guests)

FALL SEMESTER 2017 COMMENCEMENT—THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 (9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.)

INFORMATION FOR BACCALAUREATE AND ASSOCIATE DEGREE CANDIDATES

9:00 a.m.--Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Ceremony, The Bryce Jordan Center

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Smeal College of Business
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Sciences and Technology

12:30 p.m. -- Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Ceremony, The Bryce Jordan Center

  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • Eberly College of Science

Congratulations on achieving your academic goal—conferral of your degree! We strive to make commencement enjoyable and special for you and your guests in keeping with the University’s proud academic heritage. If you have questions about whether you have met all degree requirements, contact your dean’s office.

THE DAY OF THE EVENT Graduates (both baccalaureate and associate degree candidates) should arrive at the designated times below and enter Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center. Once in the building, enter the arena floor via Portal 15 and sit in your college’s section; alphabetical arrangement is not necessary. Be in your seat at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. At the appropriate time during the ceremony, you will be directed to the stage.

By early December, you will receive a graduation packet mailed to your home address with these instructions, information for families and guests, a seating chart, a parking map, and your name card. Be sure to bring the name card with you to the ceremony. Carry your name card with you when you approach the stage; your name will be read as you cross. If your name tends to be mispronounced, help the nomenclator by writing appropriate cues on the card (for example, Ryan Kufta as in 'Koofta'). If for some reason you do not receive the packet in the mail, a name card will be provided to you at the registration tables located on the event floor of the Bryce Jordan Center. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes and include remarks by President Eric Barron, the conferring of degrees, individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage, and a welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association.

Graduates of the following colleges are to be at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, December 16, no later than 8:15 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony. College of Agricultural Sciences, Smeal College of Business, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering,College of Information Sciences and Technology. Doors to the Jordan Center open at 7:30 a.m.

Graduates of the following colleges are to be at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, December 16, no later than 11:45 a.m. for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony. College of Arts and Architecture, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, College of Education, College of Health and Human Development, College of the Liberal Arts, College of Nursing, Eberly College of Science.

ACADEMIC REGALIA

Academic regalia or the uniform of one of the armed forces is customary. Candidates for the baccalaureate and associate degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge.

You may purchase and pick up caps and gowns from the Penn State Bookstore at your earliest convenience. If you need assistance, contact the bookstore at 814-863-3589.

Ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State commencement ceremonies.

Graduates may order and pick up caps and gowns from the Penn State Bookstore at your earliest convenience. If you need assistance, contact the bookstore at 814-863-3589.

GRADUATES WITH DISABILITIES

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. It is extremely important that graduates notify the Office of Campus and Community Events at 814-865-2501 or email graduation@psu.edu at their earliest convenience or by Friday, December 1, 2017, if they anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided.

PARKING INFORMATION

General parking will be available in Jordan East and Stadium West. Please refer to the parking map at https://transportation.psu.edu/student-parking.

  • Jordan East – located east of the Bryce Jordan Center, and accessible from Porter Road (via Park Avenue or College Avenue) and Dauer Road (via University Drive)
  • Stadium West – located west of Beaver Stadium, and accessible only from Park Avenue

There is no fee for parking. Visit http://www.bjc.psu.edu for directions to the Jordan Center.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTION CORDS

All graduating seniors who have earned academic distinction are eligible to receive an academic distinction cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Students who are graduating Summa Cum Laude will receive a blue and white cord, students who are graduating Magna Cum Laude will receive a blue cord, and students who are graduating Cum Laude will receive a white cord. Students will receive notification on how to receive their academic distinction cords from their college or campus. Questions regarding academic distinction cords should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Education within your college or campus. Levels are determined by the cumulative GPA at the end of the Summer 2017 session. If students earn a higher level once final grades are received, then adjustments will be made.

MILITARY HONOR CORDS

All graduating seniors who are military veterans, currently serving on active duty, in the reserve, or National Guard, or who will be granted a commission obtained through Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are eligible to receive a red, white and blue cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Those personnel who have already been granted priority registration status are automatically eligible for an honor cord and may visit or contact (814-863-0465) the Office of Veteran’s Programs at 325 Boucke Building during normal business hours to receive it. ROTC personnel may pick up their honor cord from their ROTC representative/office. Those personnel who have not been granted priority registration, please visit this website for instructions on required proof of service and where to submit the required documentation: http://equity.psu.edu/veterans/priorreghonorcord. World Campus students will receive their honor cord in the mail prior to the week of commencement. For questions, please contact Aaron Rooks at war134@psu.edu.

GUEST INFORMATION

Refer to the following “Information for Families and Guests” for complete seating and parking information.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographers from GradImages™ will be at each commencement ceremony to take photographs of students as they cross and exit the stage. If you are interested in being contacted by GradImages™, with an offer for a free 5 x 7 print and an opportunity to purchase additional photos, please provide your U.S. mailing and email addresses on the reverse side of the name card that you will receive in your graduation packet. GradImages™ will be in touch with you soon after graduation.

DIPLOMAS— Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of the University Registrar approximately four weeks after graduation to the graduate’s home address or eLion diploma mailing address. For more information, visit http://www.registrar.psu.edu/

TRANSCRIPTS—To ordering transcripts, please visit http://www.registrar.psu.edu.

QUESTIONS— If you have any questions regarding the ceremony, please contact the Office of Campus and Community Events at 814-865-2501 or email graduation@psu.edu. Visit our home page at: http://commencement.psu.edu.


INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES & GUESTS 

Doors to the Jordan Center will open at 7:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.--Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Ceremony, The Bryce Jordan Center

  • College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Smeal College of Business
  • College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Sciences and Technology

12:30 p.m. - Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Ceremony, The Bryce Jordan Center

  • College of Arts and Architecture
  • Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of the Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • Eberly College of Science

CEREMONY DETAILS

Each ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes and include remarks by Penn State President Eric Barron, the conferring of degrees, individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage, and a welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association.

GENERAL PARKING AND SEATING INFORMATION

General parking will be available in Stadium West and Jordan East. Please refer to the parking map at https://transportation.psu.edu/student-parking. There is no fee for parking.  Guests are to enter Gates A, B, C or D. 

Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets are not required and there is no guest limit.

INFORMATION FOR GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Please refer to the parking map for the designated ADA Parking Lots at https://transportation.psu.edu/americans-disabilites-act-parking. Parking attendants will be on duty to guide you. No parking placards are needed for these lots and there is no fee for parking.

ADA parking will be available at the following Jordan East and Stadium West areas:

  • Northwest corner of Jordan East near Bryce Jordan Center Gate B, across from the Penn State All-Sports Museum (accessible from intersection of Porter Road and Curtin Road)
  • Section of Lot Orange L located between the Bryce Jordan Center and Jordan East (accessible from Dauer Road via University Drive)
  • First three rows of parking in the southeast corner of Stadium West near Beaver Stadium, and the first four rows in the southwest corner of Stadium West near University Drive/Curtin Road intersection (all accessible only from Park Avenue)

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 to the Bryce Jordan Center. Curtin Road will also be closed to vehicle traffic between University Drive and the entrance to Jordan East throughout most of the commencement ceremonies to allow safe pedestrian access between Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center.

Guests with disabilities should arrive at least an hour early to avoid the last-minute rush. Inside the Bryce Jordan Center, ushers will be available to assist in taking individuals to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. The ADA requires that we provide one companion seat immediately adjacent to an accessible seat for a person with a disability. 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, and are armless portable chairs to allow movement for wheelchairs. Other family members may sit in the general seating located throughout the arena.

LODGING/LOCAL INFORMATION

For a complete listing of overnight accommodations for commencement, area restaurants, and driving directions and maps, please contact the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitor Bureau http://www.centralpacvb.org, or call 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400. The Bureau does not take reservations, but will provide information.

DIRECTIONS

For directions to or more information about the Jordan Center, visit www.bjc.psu.edu. If you have any other questions, email graduation@psu.edu or call the Office of Campus and Community Events at 814-865-2501. Visit our home page at: http://commencement.psu.edu

9:00 a.m. Ceremony: College of Agricultural Sciences, Smeal College of Business, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Information Sciences and Technology (Seating Chart)

12:30 p.m. Ceremony: College of Arts and Architecture, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, College of Education, College of Health and Human Development, College of the Liberal Arts, College of Nursing, Eberly College of Science.

graduating student in cap and gown

Contact

Campus and Community Events
Office of Strategic Communications
The Pennsylvania State University
USB I, Suite B, Room 126
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2501
graduation@psu.edu