For Graduates

Tickets for the SP2 Ceremony

Guests will not be able to enter Irvine Auditorium without a ticket.

All guests must have a ticket to enter the SP2 Ceremony in Irvine Auditorium. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. Children under the age of two who will be seated on an adult’s lap for the entirety of the ceremony do not need a ticket.

Guests do not need a ticket to attend the University Ceremony on Franklin Field or the SP2 Reception in Houston Hall.


SP2 Ceremony Assembly Time and Location

All students participating in the SP2 Commencement Ceremony should assemble at the west end of the Commons behind Houston Hall, near the steps leading to Cohen Hall at 5:15 PM on Monday, May 14. SP2 staff will be at the assembly location with instructions about the class photo and the procession lineup. The rain location for assembly is the Class of ’49 Auditorium on the second floor of Houston Hall.

Students should arrive in academic regalia.

After the ceremony, graduates should plan to meet their guests in Houston Hall, the Commons behind Houston Hall, or on Spruce Street. To avoid crowd congestion, the recessional at the end of the ceremony will process into Houston Hall; graduates will not be able to linger in the auditorium. Guests do not need tickets to attend the reception in Houston Hall.

University Ceremony Assembly Time and Location

All students participating in the University Commencement Ceremony should arrive at the designated assembly area in Hamilton Village (39th Street and Locust Walk), no later than 8:45 am. For MSW, MSSP, NPL, and DSW students, this is on Locust Walk in front of Rodin College House. For PhD students, this is with the Graduate Faculties behind Rodin College House.

Students should arrive in academic regalia.

SP2 Ceremony Streaming Broadcast

The SP2 ceremony will be viewable via a live broadcast stream and the link will be available for graduates’ family and friends who aren’t able to attend the ceremony. Additionally, limited seating will be available in Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall for guests who would like to watch the live stream from there (e.g., guests with young children, guests without tickets, guests who prefer to have more mobility during the ceremony, etc.). Tickets are not required for Bodek Lounge and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Diplomas will be mailed to graduates over the summer. 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 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 (before July 1) to arrange to pick up the diploma from the Office of the University Secretary. Please go to for more information.

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for all graduates participating in either the School or University ceremonies.

Masters students may purchase their Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during the Graduation Fair in March, or anytime up until May 14. Regalia will be distributed on the second level of the Penn Bookstore near the textbook department.

Doctoral students have the option of purchasing or renting regalia. Representative will be available to measure degree candidates for their regalia and discuss the various purchase/rental options during the Graduation Fair.

Information About Wearing Regalia
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 due to uneven surfaces along the procession route and they may damage the athletic track and field. The hood should be secured so that it will not slip off the shoulders. The cap 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.

Graduation Photography

Class photographs will be taken before the SP2 Graduation Ceremony begins. During the Ceremony, professional photographers will take two photographs of each graduate: the first is a candid picture of the graduate with the Dean on stage, and the second is a posed picture as the graduate exits the stage. The photographer emails and mails proofs of each student’s pictures to them within a week of graduation. This packet includes ordering and pricing information. All graduates are photographed at no charge. When you receive your proofs you will be able to decide at that time whether you would like to purchase your pictures.