graduating seniors at commencement

Spring 2018

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Ceremony Details: The ceremony will last approximately two hours and includes remarks by a University administrator, an address by our commencement speaker, the conferring of degrees, individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage, and a welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association.

What to Wear:

Instructions for Graduates Arrival: Graduates should arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. Enter the arena floor via Portal 15 and receive your name card at the appropriate check-in table. Graduates can sit anywhere within their designated major section (see below). Those with multiple majors must choose one section in which to sit.

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General Parking and Seating Information: Parking information is available at Parking and Traffic Advisory for BJC Commencement Ceremonies. There is no fee for parking. Doors to the Bryce Jordan Center open at 6:30 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required and there is no guest limit.

Purse/Bag Policy:

Graduates with Disabilities: Penn State encourages graduates and guests with disabilities to fully participate in commencement programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, notify the Office of Campus and Community Events at or call 814-865-2501 at least two weeks prior to commencement. Information about commencement is available in alternative media on request.

Parking for Guests with Disabilities: Parking for guests with disabilities is available. Go to Parking and Traffic Advisory for BJC Commencement Ceremonies for details.

Seating for Guests with Disabilities: Reserved seat tickets will not be needed, but guests with disabilities should arrive early to avoid the last-minute rush. Ushers will be available to assist individuals, via the elevator, to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. The ADA requires that companion seating be provided immediately adjacent to an accessible seat. However, due to space limitations, only one person may accompany the guest with a disability in the accessible seating area. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, armless portable chairs to allow movement for wheelchairs. Other family members may sit in the regular seating located throughout the arena.

Grad Checklist

#COEGrad: Share your photos!

Show your Penn State Engineering pride and share your best cap and gown photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Use hashtag #COEGrad when you post photos of you and your friends in the days and weeks leading up to commencement – and of course graduation day. We are so proud of you and wish you much success in the future. We Are!