Faculty / Administration Information

Penn's 261st Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 15, 2017 in Franklin Field at 10:15 a.m., and is preceded by student and academic processions through campus. The ceremony will end at approximately 12:15pm and will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker.

Participating in Commencement

Invitations to participate in the Commencement ceremony on May 15, 2017 will be sent to faculty and select administration in February.

If you are a member of the faculty or administration who plans to participate, you must register and have academic regalia. Please arrive at the lobby of the Annenberg Center no later than 8:45 a.m. Marshals will be present to assist you with regalia and lining up.

If you need regalia, please contact the Penn Bookstore prior to March 27th to ensure that it arrives in time for the ceremony.

The academic procession will begin at 9:05 a.m. and proceed down Locust Walk. Upon arriving at College Green, the procession will stop for 45 minutes to cheer on the students as they walk through. Please do not shake hands with the students, as this slows down the procession. After all the students have passed, the academic procession will fall in line behind the students and continue to Franklin Field. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m., and end at approximately noon.

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Inclement and Severe Weather Plans

Commencement will be held rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, you are encouraged to wear rain gear to protect yourself. The dye in the regalia may bleed onto clothing when wet.

If weather requires changes to the Commencement ceremony schedule, information will be found on:

  • Signs at Hamilton Village and around campus
  • Announcements on (215) 898-MELT and (215) 573-GRAD
  • Announcements on radio station KYW (1060 AM)
  • A notice on this website

In the event of severe weather conditions, the academic procession across campus may be cancelled. If it is cancelled, you should arrive at Weightman Hall no later than 9:30 a.m.

In the event of dangerous weather conditions, the ceremony may be delayed or relocated to the Palestra. If the ceremony is moved indoors to the Palestra, seating would be limited to the academic procession and graduating students. Please know that the decision to move the Commencement ceremony indoors would be made in only extreme conditions.

Commencement Webcast

If you are unable to attend the Commencement ceremony, you may view it live. For more information, visit the Webcast page. Coverage from Franklin Field will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Volunteering at Commencement

If you are interested in volunteering at the Commencement ceremony, please email seccoor@exchange.upenn.edu.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the Office of the University Secretary.