Commencement Day Details

Commencement Day Details

Where Candidates Should Assemble

Candidates for ALL degrees should report to the Jaffa Shrine NO LATER THAN 9:00 a.m.

Securing Valuables

Candidates for degrees should have parents or guests take any valuables - purses, cameras, etc. - before moving to the assembly area.

Latecomer Guest Seating

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the commencement procession begins as the parking lots become congested. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the ushers.

Caps and Gowns

Students participating in the academic procession and ceremony must wear caps and gowns. Tips on what looks best with academic regalia:

  • For men: dark trousers, white shirt and tie, dark shoes
  • For women: a dress or skirt that does not hang below the robe or dark pants, dress shoes

Caps and gowns may be purchased at the Penn State Bookstore on campus. For more information, call 814-949-5121.


Diplomas will not be issued at the commencement ceremony. All candidates for graduation received verification letters from the University Registrar showing how their names will appear on their diplomas. If the name is incorrect, students should file a request for a name change immediately. Students should expect to have their diplomas mailed to them in late May for spring commencements and in late January for fall commencements.

#PSUgrad — Share the experience!

Soon-to-be graduates and families of soon-to-be graduates: Tell the world about your tremendous accomplishments. Share your photos and your thoughts and include the #PSUgrad hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Google+.

Professional Photography

To commemorate this milestone occasion, a professional photograph will be taken of each graduate being congratulated by the chancellor. No pre-orders will be taken. Rather, photos can be viewed and ordered after commencement by visiting the Film Center's Web site.

In order to avoid congestion and to maintain decorum during the ceremony, we ask that family and friends refrain from approaching the platform when taking pictures or using a video camera.


Flowers will be available for purchase in the lobby of the Jaffa Shrine before the commencement exercises. Pre-orders can be made online. Proceeds benefit the Blue & White Society.