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 spring 2020 will take place May 8 - 10, 2020. 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:

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 or to the diploma address you have entered in LionPATH. View a tutorial to learn how to check your graduation status and update your diploma address in LionPATH.

Graduation Events


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.