Virtual Spring Commencement Information
Saturday, May 9 2020, at 2:00 pm
Instructions for Graduates
Follow these steps to be included in the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony
- Declare your intent to graduate: Check your degree audit (Academic Requirements) with your academic advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met. Activate your intent to graduate on LionPATH. If the deadline has passed, contact the Registrar’s office for help completing this process.
- Check your address on LionPATH: Make sure your home and local mailing addresses are correct by visiting the Student Center in LionPATH. You will be receiving important graduation information by mail. Diplomas will be mailed to your home address 1-2 months after commencement, so it is very important that the University has your correct address on file. If you have any questions regarding transcripts and diplomas, please contact the Registrar’s Office at University Park at (814) 865-6357.
- R.S.V.P.: Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in the mailing via mail, visiting 214 DEF Workforce Building, Kim Lumadue’s mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building, or completing the online registration form found at //www.maguspress.com/commencement-registration-rsvp-form.
There is no limit on the number of guests a student may bring. Tickets will not be issued this year, but we are encouraging the student to RSVP with the number of guests that they are expecting will attend. Also, if there are guests that are unable to attend, we will be broadcasting the event live on our website.
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you are a graduating student with a disability that requires assistance at commencement, please notify Kim Lumadue as soon as possible at (814) 375-4722 or [email protected].
Purchasing Your Cap and Gown
All participants must wear the proper academic regalia (traditional cap and gown) to participate in the graduation ceremonies. All caps and gowns (for both baccalaureate and associate degrees) will be blue with a white tassel and are eco-friendly, made of a wood-based fabric from renewable, managed forests. Graduates and potential graduates who are participating in the Commencement ceremonies can purchase a cap/gown/tassel set from a University bookstore for $50 plus tax (Prices are subject to change). Penn State DuBois Bookstore has caps & gowns in stock in a variety of sizes. Stop by or contact the bookstore as soon as possible while all sizes are in stock. Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Registrar’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors. For class ring and graduation announcement orders, see Josten’s website at: //www.jostens.com. ; Customizable announcements are available at the bookstore as well as a selection of diploma frames.
Graduation Day Lineup
Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the Wildlife Lab in the Multipurpose Building at 6:30 pm. The University is requesting that graduates and guests conduct themselves with the proper decorum and respect that Commencement should receive. Improper displays will not be tolerated.
Reception following Commencement
A reception for graduates and guests will be held immediately following the graduation exercises at the Lion’s Den in the Hiller Building.