Ceremony Overview for Guests
Penn's 260th Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 16, 2016 in Franklin Field at 10:15 a.m., and is preceded by student and academic processions through campus. The ceremony will end at approximately noon and will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker, Lin-Manuel Miranda, an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are not required for admission.
The Baccalaureate ceremony is a 50-minute interfaith program, featuring music, prayers, and readings. This ceremony is held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Students with last names beginning with A through L are invited to attend the 1:30 p.m. ceremony, while students with last names beginning with M through Z are invited to attend the 3:00 p.m. ceremony.
In addition to the Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies, each school also hosts a ceremony for the students enrolled in that particular school. During this ceremony, the student's name will be called and he/she will walk across the stage. For information on the school ceremonies, visit the School Ceremonies page.
If you are unable to attend the University 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 16, 2016.
If you have questions or comments, please contact the Office of the University Secretary.