Fall 2014 Commencement

Friday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m.

Junker Center, Penn State Behrend

No tickets are necessary.

Commencement Speaker:  Ambassador at Large Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator


Information for Graduates

Intent to Graduate: Activate your intent to graduate for the fall on eLion from August 18 through September 8.

Ceremony Registration: Candidates planning to attend the ceremony need to R.S.V.P. with the Registrar's Office at Senior Salute Days on Monday, October 27 from 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Reed Wintergarden. If you miss Senior Salute, please contact the Registrar's Office as soon as possible at (814) 898-6104.
Required GPA for Graduation with Distinction

Caps, Gowns, Rings, and Announcement Cards: Students participating in the academic procession and ceremony must wear caps and gowns, which can be purchased during Senior Salute Days on October 28 and 29. At this time, students may purchase class rings and personalized commencement announcement cards. For more information, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at 814-898-6236.

Diplomas: All candidates for graduation will receive verification notices from the University Registrar showing how their names will appear on their diplomas. If the name is incorrect, students should file a request for a name change promptly.


Information for Guests

Photography: To commemorate this milestone occasion, a professional photograph is taken of each graduate. Prior to commencement, a mailing will be sent that details this arrangement, including how to place an order. To avoid congestion and to maintain decorum in the ceremony, we ask that family and friends refrain from approaching the stage when taking pictures or using a video camera.

Parking: Family and friends are encouraged to arrive with sufficient time to park and walk to the Junker Center before the ceremony begins. We suggest that guests arrive no later than one half hour before the ceremony.  Parking at the Junker Center is limited, so visitors may be directed to a nearby parking lot.

Guests with Disabilities:  The entrance for persons with disabilities is on the pool side of the Junker Center, before you ascend the hill to the main entrance.  There is a short walk from the Junker Center parking lot to the side entrance, so some guests may want to bring a wheelchair.  Lion Ambassadors will be stationed nearby to assist guests.

Travel and Accommodations: This site includes information about transportation, directions to Behrend, and nearby hotels.