We take great pride in our graduates — many of us at Penn State World Campus either were or are adult learners, and we understand the tremendous sacrifices you and your families make for you to obtain your degree.
Commencement for students graduating in fall 2017 will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Check the academic calendar for future semester commencement dates.
How to Set Your Intent to Graduate
It is your responsibility to notify the University of your intent to graduate (for more information, see policy 86-00). Follow these steps:
- Confirm the activation period on the Academic Calendar for the dates when you can activate your intent to graduate.
- Log in to LionPATH. You can set your intent to graduate within the "My Academics" section in your Student Center. View a tutorial about applying for graduation in LionPATH.
- After the activation period expires, undergraduate students must contact their appropriate college office to activate or remove your intent to graduate. Graduate students need to contact The Graduate School.
- Undergraduate students may need to submit a form if you plan to attend commencement.
- Graduate students who plan to attend commencement at University Park must reserve your seat through The Graduate School.
- Graduate students who plan to attend commencement at another Penn State campus must contact that campus.
Let Your Instructor(s) Know
If you are planning to graduate, you should communicate your intent to graduate to your instructor. This will alert your instructor of the need to submit your final grade in time to meet the published graduation deadlines.
Undergraduate Students: Graduating with Distinction
World Campus undergraduate degree students are eligible to graduate with highest distinction, high distinction, and distinction. Your diploma will include any academic distinctions you have earned.
Bachelor’s degree candidates must complete at least 60 credits with Penn State to qualify for a degree distinction, while associate degree candidates must complete at least 30 credits with Penn State.
Each academic college establishes the minimum grade-point average (GPA) required for each distinction level for its respective degree candidates.
For more information, including requirements, visit the Office of the Registrar website.
Receiving Your Diploma
Your diploma will be mailed approximately four weeks after commencement to your permanent address. You can view and update your address in LionPATH. View a tutorial to learn how to update your personal information in LionPATH.
For most World Campus undergraduate degrees, you will be invited to participate in commencement ceremonies at the University Park campus. Some degree programs are conferred at a non-University Park campus location. You can also request to attend commencement at an alternate campus. Graduate students are invited to walk together at the Graduate School’s commencement ceremony at University Park.
World Campus Graduation Celebration
Each semester we host a Graduation Celebration for Penn State World Campus students, their families, and friends.
Staying Connected After Graduation
There are many ways alumni stay involved and active in Penn State life after graduation—joining the Penn State Alumni Association, joining the Penn State World Campus Alumni Society, giving to Penn State, and becoming an Alumni Ambassador. Be sure to access your profile in the alumni directory and update your contact information, so that you can receive alumni communications.