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Parent Resources - Commencement

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the day your student graduates from Penn State. However, in order to get to this day, students need to do a number of things to be on track for graduation.

While we recommend that students meet with their adviser at least once each semester, it is crucial that they meet with their adviser during the semester prior to graduation in order to make sure they have scheduled all their remaining requirements during the final semester. Any changes to this final schedule should be reviewed by their adviser before acted on. We do not recommend that students study abroad or attend another institution during their final semester because this may delay graduation until a future semester.

In addition, students are responsible for notifying the University when they are ready to graduate. It is impossible for us to know if a student is graduating by looking at the number of credits earned because so many students are completing multiple majors, additional minors, thesis work, education abroad experiences, etc. The deadline to notify the University that they intend to graduate (we call it “activating their intent”) is typically in the 3rd week of the semester.

The College of the Liberal Arts commencement ceremony will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Your student should plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m. with their nomenclature card, cap and gown. For more information related to the day of the event, please visit Penn State's commencement website.

Your student should have received an email with information about a senior survey and Graduation Open House, which is where students pick up their commencement packets and nomenclature cards. To learn more, please visit

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