Commencement Information

The University and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences join in your personal joy and satisfaction in achieving your academic goal. We want to make the commencement ceremony an enjoyable one for you and your guests, in keeping with Penn State's proud academic heritage.

Commencement exercises for Penn State graduate students are held three times a year: at the end of the fall and spring semesters and at the end of the summer session. Attendance at commencement is expected.

Summer 2018 Graduate School Commencement

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Bryce Jordan Center

Visit the Summer 2018 Graduate School Commencement webpage for instructions regarding commencement such as seating, dress, honor cords, procedures, parking, etc.

Filing Intent to Graduate

To graduate, you must satisfy all the University, college, and major requirements that were in effect at the time of your most recent admission, or re-enrollment, as a degree candidate to the University. It is your responsibility to notify the University of your intent to graduate.

Visit Registrar site on Notifying the University of Your Intent to Graduate


Doctoral degree students will receive their diplomas while participating in the commencement ceremony. Doctoral diplomas for those students who do not attend the ceremony will be mailed the week following the ceremony to the student's permanent residence or LionPATH diploma mailing address.

Visit Registrar site on Diplomas