How will Penn State protect the health and safety of attendees at potential in-person commencement ceremonies?

Given ongoing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all decisions and plans will be made with the health and safety of students, their families, and campus communities as the priority and in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines for gatherings. Any potential in-person ceremonies will likely take place outdoors, rain or shine, while still offering a virtual option. The format may be structured differently than previous ceremonies, be smaller in size based on gathering limitations, have strict limitations on the number of guests, and occur over a set of dates extending beyond the length of a typical single graduation weekend.

The University plans to provide more specific information in March to give students and families time to make plans. Before making a final decision, we need to progress further into the semester and then assess conditions with the pandemic. More information about spring commencement is available in this Penn State News story.