Attending Commencement

Fall 2022 commencement will take place Saturday, December 17. For most World Campus undergraduate degrees, you will be invited to participate in commencement ceremonies at the University Park campus. Certain degrees offered via the World Campus have commencement at another Penn State campus. 

As commencement approaches, students who filed their intent to graduate will receive information about attending in-person commencement ceremonies, including details about reserving your seat at commencement, if needed.

If you plan to attend commencement at University Park, keep in mind that hotels near University Park fill fast and make your travel plans early!

Undergraduate Students: How to Reserve Your Seat at Commencement

In order to attend commencement, you may need to submit a form to reserve your seat. Find your program in the table below to determine whether you need to submit the form. If you do not plan to attend commencement, you do not need to submit the form.

Undergraduate Instructions for Attending Commencement
Academic Program Commencement Attendance Requirements

Associate in Business Administration

Submit Associate Degree Alternative Site Form

Bachelor's in Business

Submit Bachelor's Degree Alternative Site Form

Associate in Criminal Justice or Bachelor's in Accounting, Criminal Justice, or Marketing

Submit Associate or Bachelor's Degree Alternative Site Form only if attending commencement at a campus other than Harrisburg; otherwise no form is needed

Bachelor's in Finance or Software Engineering Submit Bachelor's Degree Alternative Site Form only if attending commencement at a campus other than Behrend; otherwise no form is needed
All Other Associate and Bachelor's degrees

Submit Associate or Bachelor’s Degree Alternative Site Form only if attending commencement at a campus other than University Park; otherwise no form is needed

Alternative Commencement Site Forms:

Important: If you need to complete the Associate or Bachelor’s Alternative Site Form, you must submit it via email to [email protected]; or via fax to 814-865-3290, Attention: Graduation Coordinators

Graduate Students: How to Reserve Your Seat at Commencement

As commencement approaches, graduate students who filed their intent to graduate will receive information about attending in-person commencement ceremonies. Graduate students planning to attend commencement at University Park can reserve their seat through the Graduate School.

Graduate students who wish to attend commencement at another campus should contact the Penn State World Campus graduation coordinators at 814-863-5256 or via email to [email protected]. Not all campuses offer commencement to graduate students each semester; there is no guarantee that you will be able to attend commencement at your requested campus.