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Spring 2023 Commencement

The spring 2023 commencement ceremony for the College of the Liberal Arts will take place at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 6 in the Bryce Jordan Center. Students should arrive by 3:30 p.m. More details can be found at

Commencement FAQ

Commencement Receptions

Graduating students and their families are invited to attend the College of the Liberal Arts commencement receptions on Saturday, May 6 on the Pattee Mall. Students will receive an email from the College of the Liberal Arts by the end of March with the link to register for the receptions below. All times are in Eastern Time.

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Tent 1 – Paterno Fellows Program

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Tent 1 – Labor and Employment Relations
Tent 2 – Economics
Tent 3 – English
Tent 4 – Sociology and Criminology
Tent 5 – Communication Arts and Sciences; Philosophy

Noon–1:00 p.m.

Tent 1 – Political Science
Tent 2 – Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (includes the Departments of Asian Studies; Comparative Literature; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; French and Francophone Studies; Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese)
Tent 3 – Anthropology
Tent 4 – Psychology
Tent 5 – Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; History; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Letters, Arts, and Sciences/
Multidisciplinary Studies; Medieval Studies; Middle East Studies

Reception Parking

Students and their families are encouraged to park at the Nittany Parking Deck and then walk down to Pattee Mall. Those who need to be dropped off closer can get dropped off behind Sparks Building. Handicap parking is also available behind Sparks Building.


Post-Grad Survey

Spring 2023 graduates, please complete this brief five-minute, confidential survey. The questions in the survey focus on your undergraduate experiences, as well as your current or future career plans.

Take the Post-Grad Survey

Stay Connected

Join the Penn State Liberal Arts Alumni LinkedIn group

For questions about commencement, please visit or contact Steven Sherman at 814-863-3870 or


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