Congratulations! Graduating from college is a major milestone and we look forward to recognizing the achievements of our graduating seniors, and we welcome friends and family to campus for this exciting event. Be sure to review our instructions and Penn State's Commencement policies below so you and your family can enjoy this memorable time.
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Spring Commencement
Friday, May 5, 2017
Pegula Ice Arena
Parking is free.
Please refer to the parking map for all College of Earth and Mineral Sciences guest parking and for special ADA lots. Be sure your driver knows you are in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences—not the College of Engineering.
Parking agents on duty will direct guests to park according to college. Students and families enter the arena by the Gate C doors (or Gate A for ADA Lots).
Accommodations are available for guests and graduates with disabilities. ADA Parking and Disability Seating is available. Although reservatons are not required, early arrival is recommended.
ADA parking lots are denoted by a symole on the printable version of the Parking Map of the Pegula Ice Arena.
NOTE: Only one companion seat is provided adjacent to the accessible seat. Other family members may sit in the general seating area.
Important: Students, please bring your blue nomenclator card with you to Commencement. Students who don't have a nomenclator card upon arrival must stop at the designated table at the Gate C entrance to procure a replacement card. This card is used for announcing your name as you cross the stage. No student will be permitted to enter the Arena without a nomenclator card.
The Gate C entrance will open at 5:30 p.m. A pre-commencement reception for students and families will be held starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Club Level at the Pegula Ice Arena; registration is required for this celebration.
Students will be permitted to enter the Arena to take their seats starting at 6:30 p.m. and must be in their seats no later than 7:30 p.m.
Ushers will be on hand to direct students and families to the reception area and to the student and family entrances to the Arena floor and seating for the ceremony, respectively. Students may sit in any seat in the rows marked for their department.
Reserved student seats are marked with last names for students who have earned distinction and are leading their departments across the stage.
For a listing of overnight accommodations, restaurants, maps, etc., contact the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400. Please note the bureau does not take reservations.
- Men: Suit, or slacks, dress shirt with tie
- Women: Dress or slacks with a blouse
- All: Dress shoes; no flip-flops
You must wear your academic robe, mortar board and tassel, available for purchase at the Penn State Bookstore. The mortar board should be worn flat on your head, tassel on the right. Don't decorate your robe or mortar board! This is a formal occasion that deserves respect.
Conferring of Degrees
At Dean Richardson’s bidding, each department head will present degree candidates by asking those students to rise. Please remain standing until all departments have been presented and you are directed to sit down. After all the candidates are presented, President Barron will make a statement to confer degrees. Then Dean Richardson will direct you to switch your tassel from the right side of the mortar board to the left.
Individual Recognition of Graduates
Following the conferral of degrees, we begin the individual processing across the stage, starting with the Department of Geosciences graduates. A staff usher will direct the students to leave their seats and walk to the right side aisle. Please wait to stand until an usher directs your row to do so. Have your nomenclator card ready and right side up to hand to the Nomenclator.
Ascend the steps and shake hands with your department head, etc. as you cross the stage. Continue off stage down the steps, where your photo will be taken by Grad Images. Follow the usher’s directions to return to your row after your photo is taken. Please be very quiet at all times.
As instructed by the dean of the college, graduates will stand at their seats and then recess down the center aisle, as directed by the ushers, following the platform party and faculty. All persons in the arena will be asked to stand and remain standing until the end of the recessional.
Pegula Ice Arena Club Level
Be sure to join the Pre-Commencement Celebration! GEMS (the EMS Alumni Society) is hosting a delightful pre-commencement reception for our new graduates and their families and friends. Come enjoy a wide variety of beverages and hors d’oeuvres on this relaxed occasion for you to make your farewells to fellow students and EMS faculty and staff.
Update with information about how to pre-register.