Commencement Ceremonies

Congratulations Graduates!

The Penn State Scranton Commencement Ceremony will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Doors open at 11 a.m.  Graduates from Summer and Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 will be recognized.

Commencement Location Details: 
Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
420 N. Washington Ave, Scranton

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Watch online*: For loved ones who cannot attend in person, the ceremony will stream live on our campus Facebook page. Simply like/follow us in order to watch the livestream.

* Please note, while we will livestream the full ceremony, there is always a chance of technical/connectivity issues occurring beyond our control, which may cause delays or lapses in the livestream, or even cause the livestream to fail. Please be patient if you encounter these. Also, for that reason, we are also recording the 2023 Commencement ceremony in its entirety and will make that recording available at a later time in the near future to anyone wishing to view or rewatch it.

Graduate Participation

  • Graduates will be emailed details in March and must respond to the Registrar's Office to indicate participation in Commencement
  • Even if you are not attending, please respond to the Commencement response form which will be emailed in March.  
  • Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement, but are mailed home approximately four weeks after the commencement ceremony, regardless of your attendance. 
  • Check your diploma mailing address in LionPATH by selecting Degree Planning and Progress, then View Graduation Status.
  • Learn more about your graduation eligibility

Tickets for Graduation

Tickets are not needed for Commencement.  General seating for guests will begin at 11 am. 

Special Accommodations

Please notify the Registrar's Office if you will require special accommodations, such as handicap access to the stage.

Arrival Time and Check-In

Graduates should arrive by 11:15 a.m. and must be checked in by 11:30 a.m.. Please be prompt so that line up can occur once all graduates are checked in. 

Academic Dress / Cap and Gown

Graduates participating in Commencement must wear a cap, gown, and tassel, or the uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces. Caps, gowns and tassels can be purchased in the Campus Bookstore. Tassels should be worn on the right side of the cap. Stop by or call the Campus Bookstore at (570) 963-2705 to order, or order for home delivery from Josten's.

Other Events for Graduates

Grad Fair

The Grad Fair will take place on April 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sherbine Lounge. There will be resources available to ensure a smooth transition for graduating students along with giveaways and raffles.

Senior Send-off

Senior Send-off will take place on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Happy Valley Sports Bar for networking, food and fun. This is a great opportunity for all graduating students to meet with campus staff, faculty, and campus alumni society members. There will be free food and giveaways as well. Please RSVP to the event via this link:

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal is Friday, April 28 at 12:15 p.m. in Dawson 12. Military and honor cords will be distributed and name card corrections can be made at that time. Student Marshals MUST attend (you will be notified if you are selected as a Student Marshal).

More Information about graduation and Commencement.

Graduation with Distinction
Alternate Commencement Site
Diploma Distribution