Instructions for Graduates
Follow these steps to be included in the May 2013 Commencement Ceremony:
Declare your intent to graduate – Check your degree audit with your academic advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met. Activate your intent to graduate on eLion. If the deadline has passed, contact the Registrar’s office for help completing this process. Check your address on eLion: Make sure your home and local mailing addresses are correct by selecting the “Address Information” tab. You will be receiving important graduation information by mail. If you do not attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to your home address, so it is very important that the university has your correct address on file.
To R.S.V.P.: Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in your mailing to Lisa Taylor’s mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building or electronically complete the online registration form found here:
There is no limit to the number of guests that you may bring to the May 2013 Ceremony, although we ask you to keep in mind that the gymnasium is limited in seating capacity.
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, such as utilizing a wheelchair lift or help walking across the stage, please let Lisa Taylor know (375-4705 or firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
If your guests need special seating accommodations due to physical infirmities, let Lisa know also and she will reserve floor seats for your party..
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 $40 beginning April 1. For class ring and graduation announcement orders, see Josten’s website at
Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Chancellor’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors. The registrar’s site lists by college the requirements for the “distinction” designation.
There will be a rehearsal on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Multi-Purpose Building for Student Marshals only (highest ranking student from each Associate and Baccalaureate Degree program) and participating faculty and staff. Procedural details will be distributed to the candidates through their student marshal, faculty marshal, or group leader. Student marshals will be contacted by the campus administration reminding them of the rehearsal.
Graduation Day Lineup:
Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the plaza between the Swift Building and Hiller Building by 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. In case of rain, Room 10 in the Multi-Purpose Building will be the alternative assembly site.
Reception Following Commencement:
A reception for graduates and guests will be held in the Student Union, Hiller Building, immediately following the graduation exercises.