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General information regarding Smeal Commencement

Graduation is the official acknowledgment of degree conferral. Students apply for graduation at the beginning of their final semester of study. Commencement is the official ceremony acknowledging graduation and the bestowing of the baccalaureate degree. 


View a video of the 2019 Spring Commencement, filmed at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Fall ceremony is available to view here.

Applying for Graduation

To graduate, satisfy all University, college, and major requirements in effect at the time you enter your Major.  To apply for graduation, click the Apply for Graduation link on the My Academics page in LionPath.  Application Dates:

    • Spring 2021: January 2 - January 25 2021

Students who miss the application period must visit the Smeal Undergraduate Education Records Office in 202 Business Building. A copy of a current degree audit is needed.

Key issues regarding graduation and completing final degree requirements:

    • Home Mailing Address - Commencement information is sent to home mailing addresses so keep this information current.
    • Study Abroad and Graduation - Most study abroad programs do not follow the Penn State calendar. Students who study abroad their last semester often need to postpone graduation to the following semester.
    • Transfer Credits - In order to be included on the Smeal College graduation list and program, all credits from courses taken at institutions other than Penn State (transfer credits) must be taken prior to the semester of graduation. In addition, the credits must appear on the student’s Penn State record prior to the 1st day of the month preceding the month of graduation. The deadline is July 1st for summer graduation, November 1st for Fall graduation and April 1 for Spring.   Note: that many courses transfer in to Penn State as “general credits” and require additional approval to be counted towards a student’s non-major field degree requirements. It is important for students who plan to fulfill degree requirements using transfer credits to meet with their academic adviser well in advance of graduation to discuss their plans.
    • Graduation Verification - At the close of the graduation filing period, students are reviewed for graduation eligibility. Those with one or more outstanding degree requirements are notified to take action and/or are removed from graduation. Reviewing a degree audit prior to the close of the Course Add/Drop Period can avoid problems later in the semester.
    • Name Changes can be processed through the Registrar's website by submitting a Name Change Form


Bryce Jordan Center Commencement Parking Information

General Parking will be available at one or more of the following parking areas:

  • Jordan East – located east of the Bryce Jordan Center and accessible from Porter Road
  • Stadium West – located west of Beaver Stadium and accessible only from Park Avenue
  • Porter North – located north of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and accessible from Porter Road

ADA Parking will be available at the following Jordan East and Stadium West areas:

  • Northwest corner of Jordan East near Bryce Jordan Center Gate B, across from the Penn State All-Sports Museum
  • Section of Lot Orange L located between the Bryce Jordan Center and Jordan East
  • Southwest corner of Stadium West near University Drive/Curtin Road intersection


Commencement parking for all ceremonies will be available at no charge, courtesy of Penn State Transportation Services. Curtin Road will also be closed to vehicle traffic between University Drive and the entrance to Jordan East throughout most of the commencement ceremonies to allow safe pedestrian access between Stadium West and the Bryce Jordan Center.

If there are any questions, please contact the University Parking Office by phone at (814) 865-1436 or by email at parking@psu.edu.

For directions, please visit the Interactive Map of Penn State.

Commencement Parking Information PDF 


Seating for Guests with Disabilities at the Bryce Jordan Center

Inside the Founders Lounge entrance, ushers will be available to assist in taking individuals via elevator to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. Due to space limitations, only one person may accompany the guest with disability in the accessible seating area.   The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, and are armless portable chairs to allow movement for wheelchairs. Other family members may sit in the regular seating located throughout the arena.