Instructions for Graduates
Follow these steps to be included in the December 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 December 2013 Ceremony, although we ask you to keep in mind that the auditorium 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, please let Lisa Taylor know (375-4705 or firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
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.. 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.
Graduation Day Lineup:
Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the Lions Den Café 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 in the Student Union, Hiller Building, immediately following the graduation exercises.