Graduation Tickets

All guests must have a ticket to enter the SP2 Ceremony in Irvine Auditorium. Each graduating student is allotted three tickets for their guests. 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.

Tickets to the SP2 Ceremony were sent to students via email. Guests may present the ticket on their phone or present the printed hard copy to enter the auditorium. Once the ticket is scanned, any duplicates of the ticket will be invalid.

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 20, 2019. 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.

Academic Regalia

All students who participate in the SP2 and/or University Commencement ceremonies must wear regalia (cap and gown), which can be purchased (for masters and doctoral students) or rented (doctoral students only) through the Penn Bookstore at 36th and Walnut streets. Detailed information can be found on the Bookstore’s Grad Fair website.

Masters Degree Candidates

From April 16 – 18, 2019 graduating students can purchase and receive their Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during the Graduation Fair. Please visit the textbook department on the second level of the store where you will have the opportunity to talk with sales representatives. Click here for more information about masters degree regalia.

Doctoral Degree Candidates

Representatives are now available at the Penn Bookstore to measure degree candidates for their regalia and discuss the rental and purchase options. Doctoral candidates should visit the bookstore by March 15 to ensure reservation of regalia prior to the Grad Fair (April 16, 17, and 18, 2019). For doctoral candidates choosing to purchase regalia, purchase costs vary depending on fabrics, embellishments, etc. Click here for more information about doctoral degree regalia.


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.

Expiration of Penn Email Addresses

Penn O365 email accounts expire on:

  • October 18th for students graduating in Spring or Summer.
  • March 1st for students graduating in Fall.

Please be sure to access any important information you may have saved in your Penn email account before expiration. All Penn Alumni are eligible to create a QuakerNet Gmail account at More information about this service can be found at

*Please note that if you are an active Penn employee or student in another school at Penn, you will continue to use the email account associated with your Penn school/center of employment.

Any questions regarding email account expiration can be directed to SP2 Information Services,

SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a...

Faculty & Research

National Survey Examines Emergency Department Management of Deliberate Self-Harm

How routinely do emergency room staff members properly provide help to individuals who present for self-harm? Do they appropriately assess...

SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of...

Discover More