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The 2014 GSE Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May, 17th at 10AM in Franklin Field. Doors will open for guest seating at 8:30AM, the processional will begin at 9:45AM, and the ceremony will end at 12Noon. You may bring an unlimited number of guests to the GSE Commencement Ceremony and tickets are not required.
Graduates should arrive at 8:45AM in the concourse on the North side of Franklin Field to register & line up for the processional. We strongly recommend that you allow sufficient time to arrive early.
If heavy rains and thundershowers are forecast, the location of the ceremony will be changed to the Palestra, which is directly north of Franklin Field. This decision will be made at 7:00 a.m. on May 17th; updates will be available on this website. Even if the ceremony is moved to the Palestra, you will still register and line up for the processional in the North Concourse of Franklin Field.
Graduates: You will register and line up for the processional in the North Concourse of Franklin Field.
Here is a diagram of the inside of the Palestra to provide you with a visual orientation.
The ceremony will begin with a welcome from the Dean, followed by the commencement address. After the keynote address, each doctoral student will be called onto the stage to be hooded by the advisor/chair and have the degree conferred.
Then each master's student will be called onto the stage and have the degree conferred. A photographer will be present to take a picture of each graduate on stage. After the degrees have been conferred, graduates and guests are invited to a division or program reception on campus. Reception details for each division will be emailed to graduates and listed on the commencement program.
Academic regalia is required for degree candidates at Commencement. Graduate student rental regalia will be distributed on the second level of the Penn Bookstore near the textbook department May 8-10th from 11AM to 6PM. More information is available here.
You must bring/wear your regalia to Franklin Field to participate in the ceremony. We do not have spare caps and gowns. Students without a cap and gown are not permitted to march in the ceremony.
Articles of clothing which will be visible at the neck and below the gown should be in keeping with the conservative style of the academic attire. High heels should not be worn by graduates as they may damage the athletic track and field. The hood should be secured so that it will not slip off the shoulders - you should bring a safety pin for this purpose. The cap, which needs bobbi pins to stay on your head, is worn parallel to the ground; the tassel is worn in front and on the right side until the degree has been conferred.
In case of inclement weather, please be advised that the dye in the gown may stain clothing.
Prepare for the Weather
Philly weather is unpredictable! It could be hot, cold, damp, windy, raining...or all of these. Check the forecast and dress accordingly. If the ceremony is moved to the Palestra, graduates will still register and line up in the north concourse of Franklin Field and then process to the Palestra.
When and How You'll Receive Your Diploma
Diplomas are mailed by the University via First Class mail and will be sent to the permanent address listed in Penn-in-Touch, unless a different address is specified in the “Temporary Address Field” effective from June 1 – September 30. International diplomas are sent via registered mail and can take up to eight weeks for delivery. International students who are planning to stay in the U.S. through September 30 should designate a temporary U.S. address in Penn-in-Touch or contact the Diploma Coordinator to arrange to pick up the diploma from the Office of the University Secretary. Please click here for more information.
The University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 19th in Franklin Field at 9:30AM. Complete information is available here. All graduates are encouraged to attend both the University and GSE commencement ceremonies. No RSVP's are required for that ceremony. See full details in the brochure for the University Commencement. This year’s Commencement speaker is Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The gates to Franklin Field will open at 7:00 a.m., and it is recommended that attendees arrive as early as possible. Every guest will be required to go through airport-style magnetometers, and certain items will be prohibited from Franklin Field, including but not limited to oversized bags, bottles, tripods and umbrellas. Guests should enter through the southeast gates (intersection of South St. and Convention Ave.) to Franklin Field and will be seated in the southeast, east, and northeast stands of the stadium. Guests with tickets for disability seating should enter at the southwest gates (on 33rd and South Sts.), and can also enter the stadium at 7:00 a.m.
The procession of degree candidates will start to enter the field at about 8:30 a.m. The ceremony is still scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. and end at approximately noon.
Students will arrive by 7:45 a.m. at Hamilton Village, 39th and Locust Walk, for their procession, which will step off promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students will take the normal procession route through campus down through 33rd Street, at which point they will be directed to security checkpoints at Shoemaker Green. While there will not be a reviewing stand and the academic procession will not line College Green to cheer on the graduates, the procession will still be a fun and festive event. The student procession will be led by the Penn band and several musical groups will be stationed at College Green. We will also contact all University staff and ask that they line the Walk to applaud the graduates.
Families and friends of graduates can find more information regarding Commencement and graduation activities at www.upenn.edu/commencement or by calling (215) 573-GRAD (4723).
Updated information about Commencement can be found at www.upenn.edu/commencement.
The University supplies each graduating student with 8 announcements and envelopes for mailing to family and friends. These invitations are available at the 1st floor reception desk GSE, 3700 Walnut Street in early April. Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to the University Commencement Ceremony and tickets are not required.
Questions? Please email Cindy Rossley or call 215-898-6456.
Please feel free to contact Kimberly Wing, (215)898-3553 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions about the Main Commencement Ceremony.
We strongly recommend that all attendees arrive early and allow ample time for parking. Click here for a campus map showing Franklin Field. Click here for a map of all campus parking lots.
Franklin Field is accessible to persons with disabilities. Doors will open for handicapped-accessible seating at 8:15 a.m. We recommend that guests with disabilities arrive at the southwest gate of Franklin Field (corner of Spruce/South Street and 33rd St.), where they will be directed to wheelchair-accessible seating. Click here for a map of Franklin Field with the southwest gate marked.
We regret that we are unable to provide wheelchairs for guests, but staff in golf carts will be available to transport guests with disabilities from the Franklin Field southwest entrance to the guest seating area. Please contact Cindy Rossley at 215.898.6456 to request seating for guests with disabilities.
At 8:30 a.m., all other guests may enter at the southeast entrance (corner of South Street and Convention Avenue) and be seated on the field.
Questions about GSE Commencement? Contact Cindy Rossley at 215.898.6456.