Fall 2017 Commencement

The College of Agricultural Sciences Fall 2017 Commencement will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, December 16th, at 9:00 a.m.

Date and Location

When (Date/Time)

December 16, 2017, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Bryce Jordan Center

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Instructions for Graduates

  • Graduates must arrive in regalia no later than 8:00 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m.  Enter Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center and then enter the arena floor via Portal 15 and sit in your College section on the floor. 
  • Graduates must be in academic regalia (cap and gown) or the uniform of one of the U. S. Armed Forces.  Academic regalia may be purchased at either the Penn State Bookstore (HUB) or the Student Book Store (downtown). Candidates for the baccalaureate and associate degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge.
  • To cross the stage, graduates must bring their name card with them.  Graduation packets with name cards will be mailed mid-November to the student's home address (via the U.S. Postal Service).
  • No tickets are required for your guests to attend the commencement ceremony.
  • Refer to the Penn State Commencement website for all information on fall graduation ceremonies, seating, parking etc.

Academic Regalia

Candidates for the baccalaureate and associate degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge. Due to the formality of this occasion, it is requested that men wear slacks, dress shirt with tie, or a suit.  For women, dress pants with a blouse or a dress is appropriate.  Please wear shoes; flip-flop sandals or high-heels are not recommended.

Information for Guests with Disabilities
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to fully participate in commencement programs and activities. Parking attendants will be on duty to guide you.

ADA parking will be available at the following Jordan East and Stadium West areas:

  • Northwest corner of Jordan East near the Bryce Jordan Center Gate B, across from the Penn State All-Sports Museum (accessible from intersection of Porter Road and Curtin Road)
  • Section of Lot Orange L located between the Bryce Jordan Center and Jordan East (accessible from Dauer Road via University Drive)
  • First three rows of parking in the southeast corner of Stadium West near Beaver Stadium, and the first four rows in the southwest corner of Stadium West near University Drive/Curtin Road intersection (all accessible only from Park Avenue)

To ensure the safety of all guests and to assist with traffic flow between each ceremony, drivers are discouraged from dropping off or picking up guests outside of the designated ADA parking areas. These areas are ADA accessible and located just a short distance from entrances to the Bryce Jordan Center.

Curtin Road will also be closed to vehicle traffic between University Drive and the entrance to Jordan East throughout most of the commencement ceremonies to allow safe pedestrian access between the Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center.

Seating for Guests with Disabilities:
Reserved seat tickets will not be needed, but guests with disabilities should arrive at least an hour early to avoid the last-minute rush. Inside the Founders Lounge entrance, ushers will be available to assist in taking individuals via elevator to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. Due to space limitations, only one person may accompany the guest with disability in the accessible seating area. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, and are armless portable chairs to allow movement for wheelchairs.  Other family members may sit in the general seating located throughout the arena.