Commencement

Commencement is a momentous occasion for students, loved ones and the University community. With the health and safety of students, their guests, and campus communities as the University’s top priority, Penn State has hosted virtual, livestream and in-person ceremonies over the course of the pandemic based on changing virus conditions and state guidelines and restrictions.

Class of 2020: Throughout 2020, the University hosted virtual commencement ceremonies as the first step in recognizing members of the class of 2020 for their academic accomplishments. Penn State has shared plans for a special Class of 2020 Commencement Celebration Weekend from April 29-May 1, 2022, for members of the class of 2020 to return to campus to celebrate their commencement. More details, including a schedule of events and registration information, is forthcoming. Along with celebrations at University Park, Commonwealth Campus graduates also will be invited to special events that will be hosted at the campuses.

Class of 2021: In 2021, Penn State hosted in-person commencement ceremonies to celebrate the members of the class of 2021. Ceremonies across Penn State’s campuses followed health and safety guidelines for masking and physical distancing, as well as state and federal guidelines for gatherings. Fall commencement is scheduled for December 18, 2021. Additional details, including time and location, will be available at a later date.

For more information, check Penn State’s commencement website.

Commencement

Virtual ceremonies served as a first step in recognizing the academic achievements of members of the class of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with the Penn State Alumni Association and in consultation with alumni representatives, the University is looking forward to welcoming the members of the Class of 2020, along with their families and friends, back to campus from April 29 to May 1, 2022, to celebrate their academic achievements. More information is available in this Penn State News article and on the University’s commencement website. A detailed schedule of events and activities for the weekend is forthcoming. 

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