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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. 


Upcoming Smeal commencement ceremonies: 

Spring 2022

Saturday May 7th at 9:00 am

Bryce Jordan Center

Academic Considerations 

Participation in the ceremony is for Spring 2022 graduating seniors only 

“Walking” policyTBD! students who want to walk but haven’t completed their degree requirements must submit a request to Debbie Lissenden via email to dwl15@psu.edu. Students must be within six (6) credits of degree requirements.  

Refer seniors who missed the intent to graduate deadline (1/24/22) to the Records Office in 202 Business Building. 

Diplomas will be mailed to the student’s home address 4-6 weeks after the ceremony. 

Name changes can be processed through the Registrar’s website by submitting a Name Change Form prior to March 21. 

Parking, Tickets, Entrance to BJC 

Parking: ADA parking for guests with disabilities is available at Lot 44 and Stadium West. For details, please refer to “Information for Guests with Disabilities” at http://commencement.psu.edu/ 

Tickets are not required for guests and there is no limit to number of guests. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.  The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours.  

Doors to the BJC open at 7:30 am for guests. Students may enter the event floor at 8:00 am. 

Academic regalia (or military uniform) is required; available for purchase at the Penn State bookstore. 

The ceremony will be live streamed. 

Masks are required in accordance with University policy. 

Summer 2022

Saturday August 13th, time and location tbd

For more information, visit commencement.psu.edu