Spring 2017 Commencement

The College of Agriculture Sciences spring 2017 commencement ceremony will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Date and Location

When (Date/Time)

May 7, 2017, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA

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Instructions for Graduates

  • Graduates must arrive at Gate B of the Bryce Jordan Center between 2:30-3:00 p.m.  Enter the arena floor via portal 15 and sit in your department/major section on the floor.
  • Graduates must be in academic regalia (cap and gown) or the dress 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).
  • To cross the stage, graduates must bring their name card with them.  Name cards are mailed to their home address in April.
  • No tickets are required for guests to attend the commencement ceremony.
  • Detailed information will be sent to all graduates at their home address and in Penn State emails in early April.
  • For more information you can go to the College's Current Student Website: and the Penn State Commencement website at:

Academic Honor Cords:  All graduating seniors who have earned academic distinction are eligible to receive an academic honor cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies.  Students who are graduating with highest distinction will receive a blue and white cord, students who are graduating with high distinction will receive a blue cord, and students who are graduating with distinction will receive a white cord.  Students will receive an email notification on how to receive their honor cords from the Office for Undergraduate Education.  Levels are determined by the cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2016 semester.  If students earn a higher level once final grades are received, then adjustments will be made.  Additional information can be found in the press release link here.

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Military Honor Cords:  All graduating seniors who are military veterans, currently serving on active duty, in the reserve, or National Guard, or who will be granted a commission obtained through Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are eligible to receive a red, white and blue cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies.  Those personnel who have already been granted priority registration status are automatically eligible for an honor cord and may visit or contact (814-863-0465) the Office of Veteran’s Programs at 325 Boucke Building during normal business hours to receive it.  ROTC personnel may pick up their honor cord from their ROTC representative/office.  Those personnel who have not been granted priority registration, please visit this website for instructions on required proof of service and where to submit the required documentation.

Live Stream Available for College of Agricultural Sciences ceremony
The University will provide live streaming for undergraduate commencement ceremonies.  See the schedule and the live stream link listed at the University’s commencement link here to find our ceremony.

Spring Graduation Brunch

The College of Agricultural Sciences and the Ag Alumni Society invite you and your guests to a special graduation brunch prior to commencement.

When: May 7, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where: The Snider Ag Arena

The Ag Alumni Society offers College of Agricultural Sciences graduates a complimentary ticket* to the graduation brunch.  Additional guest tickets may be purchased for $20 each.

*graduate complimentary ticket not guaranteed should the event reach capacity
The brunch typically sells out quickly - so register early!  Event website here

Contact Information


Phone: 814-865-2717