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. You will receive commencement information via your Penn State email account.
Commencement for students graduating in fall 2019 will take place December 21, 2019. Hotels near University Park fill fast, so make your travel plans early!
Undergraduate Students: How to Reserve a 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. The deadline to submit the form to reserve your seat at commencement for fall 2019 is October 18, 2019.
|Academic Program||Commencement Attendance Requirements|
Associate's in Business Administration
Submit Associate Degree Alternative Site Form
Bachelor's in Business
Submit Bachelor's Degree Alternative Site Form
Associate's 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's 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 fax to 814-865-3290, Attention: Graduation Coordinators; or via email to [email protected].
Graduate Students: How to Reserve a Seat at Commencement
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 [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.
Commencement Attire and Other Items
Cap and Gown
You can order a cap and gown online from the Penn State Bookstore, by ordering online, calling the Bookstore at 814-863-0205, option 9, or placing an order in person.
Academic Distinction Cords and Military Honor Cords
Students who are eligible to receive academic distinction cords will receive more information from their college. Military and veteran students will receive more information about military honor cords from Penn State World Campus.
Class Rings and Personalized Announcements
You can order a Penn State class ring and personalized announcements on the Jostens website or by calling Jostens at 800-854-7464. When ordering through Jostens, select the campus where you plan to attend commencement. You will need to allow two to three weeks for processing printed announcements.
Unofficial programs are distributed at the commencement ceremony. If your intent to graduate is submitted late in the semester, your name will not appear in the program. To have your name included in the program, your intent to graduate must be submitted by the ninth week of the semester for spring, by the tenth week of the semester for summer, or by the eighth week of the semester for fall.
Learn More About Penn State Commencement
You can find out more, including calendars and instructions, about the University Park commencements on Penn State’s commencement page. For other campuses, you can contact the Registrar's Office at the campus where you plan to attend commencement.