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 Graduate School Commencement
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT - FALL SEMESTER 2017
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017, 4:30 P.M.
BRYCE JORDAN CENTER
Information for Advanced Degree Candidates
Please read and keep these instructions. They will answer many questions concerning commencement and help to make conferral of your degree a memorable and joyous experience for you, your family, and your friends.
Commencement will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, in the Bryce Jordan Center. The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hrs and include remarks by Penn State President Eric Barron and by the Commencement speaker, the conferring of degrees, individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage, and a welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association. It is the expectation that all students will remain on the floor until the conclusion of the ceremony out of respect for the importance and dignity of this occasion. Early departures are disruptive to other graduates and their families. Remaining to share equally in every graduate's moment says much about who we are as a community of Penn Staters, and is a true demonstration of "WE ARE...PENN STATE".
If you have questions about whether you have met all degree requirements, please contact your department.
Important notice: In order to reserve a seat, all graduating students planning to attend the ceremony, must go to https://secure.gradsch.psu.edu/cosign/registrations/commencement/ and register.
Master’s Candidates—Check in at the Bryce Jordan Center by 3:30 pm. Enter at Gate B; then enter the event floor via Portal 15. Please wear your academic regalia, including hood.
Doctoral Candidates—Report to the Auxiliary Gym of the Bryce Jordan Center by 3:30 p.m. Enter Portal 15 and, once on the event floor, ushers will direct you to the Auxiliary Gym. Please wear your academic regalia (the hood will be carried over the left arm, and hooding will take place during the ceremony). Faculty advisers for doctoral candidates should meet their advisees in the Auxiliary Gym at this time. Personal belongings can be left in the Auxiliary Gym (security will be provided during the ceremony).
General information for graduates—At check-in, you will receive a card with your name and degree on it to be used in the ceremony. This card will be collected by a University Marshal when you approach the stage. After check-in, you will join other graduates by college in the processional directed by University Marshals. Doctoral candidates and their faculty escorts will be paired for the processional and will be seated together. Doctoral candidates who do not have a faculty escort should inform the University Marshal at check-in.
Academic Dress—Academic regalia or the dress uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces is required. Advanced degree candidates wear the tassel of the cap on the left front edge. Doctoral candidates should carry their hoods over their left arms during the processional; master’s candidates should wear the hoods over their shoulders (velvet toward chin).
Caps and gowns may be ordered from the Penn State Bookstore. Rental cap and gown orders need to be placed six weeks in advance to obtain proper hood color. If you need assistance, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at (814) 863-3589.
Military Honor Cords: All graduating students 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
Please note—Ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State academic ceremonies.
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 Theses and Dissertations at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-865-5448 by Friday, December 1, 2017, if they anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided. This information is available in alternative media on request.
Stand for the procession of the platform party. Remain standing for the National Anthem. At the end of the program, rise and remain standing for the singing of the Alma Mater.
Following the commencement address and the authorization by the Trustee for conferral of degrees, the Dean of the Graduate School will be recognized.
Degree conferral—master’s candidates. University Marshals will direct the movement to the stage. Candidates give the card with their name and degree on it to the staff as you approach 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, Trustee, Dean of the Graduate School, and College Dean. The process moves quickly, allowing no time for conversation. University Marshals will direct graduates back to their seats.
Degree conferral—doctoral candidates. At the conclusion of the conferring of master’s degrees, candidates for the doctoral degree and their faculty escorts will rise and hooding will take place. University Marshals will direct the movement to the stage. Candidates give the card with their name and degree on it to the staff as you approach 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, Trustee, Dean of the Graduate School, and College Dean. The process moves quickly, allowing no time for conversation. University Marshals will direct graduates back to their seats.
The recessional will include all those who participated in the processional and will be directed by the University Marshals.
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.
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Parking for guests with disabilities is available in the Founders Parking Lot (Orange L), east of the Jordan Center located off Curtin Road. Parking attendants will be on duty to guide you. The driver may drop the passenger off at the Founders Lounge entrance and then park the vehicle. No parking placards are needed for this lot and there is no fee for parking.
Reserved seat tickets will not be needed, but guests with disabilities should arrive early to avoid the last-minute rush. Inside the Founders Lounge entrance, ushers will be available to assist in taking individuals via elevator 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 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.
Additional Information and Transcripts
For more information about commencement, visit http://commencement.psu.edu/ , call 814-865-5448, or email email@example.com. To order transcripts, visit the Registrar’s home page at http://www.registrar.psu.edu/.