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Fall Commencement Information

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Penn State DuBois Campus Hiller Auditorium


Instructions for Graduates

Follow these steps to be included in the Fall 2016 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.

R.S.V.P.:  Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in the mailing to Kim Lumadue's mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building or electronically complete the online registration form found here: Registration Form


We request that you limit your guests to six for the Fall 2016 ceremony.   If you want to invite more, we request that you check with the Chancellor’s office (375-4705) closer to the time of the ceremony to see if the additional guests can be accommodated.

Graduation with Distinction:

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. You may find the requirements at this website.

Disability Accommodations:

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 let Kim Lumadue know (375-4722 or kal24@psu.edu) as soon as possible.

Ordering 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 plus tax.  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 Lion's Den in the Hiller Building by 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.