Penn State Scranton will hold an in-person, on-campus commencement ceremony celebrating the class of 2021 on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be outdoors, rain or shine, in the Business Building Parking Lot, Lot 2. Additional details are being finalized and will be shared as they become available.
Students are being allowed two guests, and both students and their guests will have to register for tickets for the ceremony, which they will receive via email and can be printed out or scanned onto their Smartphone. Tickets will have a QR code that will be scanned when they enter the event venue.
Undergraduate students should purchase their caps and gowns through the Campus Bookstore in the Study Learning Center.
A virtual ceremony rehearsal for graduates will be held prior to commencement at a date and time to be announced.
NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE CEREMONY WITHOUT THEIR TICKET.
Each ceremony will follow state and federal guidelines for gatherings. All students, guests and employees are required to wear face masks and maintain physical distancing from others to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Penn State staff will be on site to answer questions and provide guidance; please follow their instructions about health and safety protocols. All guests who will be attending a commencement ceremony are expected to take health and safety precautions when traveling and during commencement weekend.
In addition, please do not attend an in-person ceremony if within the last 14 days you think you have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting test results or have tested positive for COVID-19.
While we look forward to celebrating in person, the University is prepared to adjust plans, including shifting a campus to a fully virtual ceremony, if needed based on changing virus conditions or changes in public health guidelines. More information will continue to be shared and updated as needed leading up to commencement to align the University's plans with the most up-to-date federal and state guidance.
- Graduates and processing faculty should arrive at the campus at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.
- Graduating students should arrive at the ceremony wearing their cap and gown; no dressing facilities will be available the day of the ceremony.
- Guests and students will have to register at registration tables set up at the entranceways to the parking lot.
- All attendees must wear a mask at the time of arrival and during the ceremony, and while exiting the ceremony, and are asked to maintain the appropriate six feet of social distancing when walking to their seats and anywhere on the campus.
- All guests will need to wear a mask.
- Parking will be allowed in Dawson, Lot 1 (Dawson Building Lot) and in the Grace Bible Church parking lot on University Drive. Special needs parking will be available in Lot 1, near the registration table for those guests needing it.
- Programs will be placed on each guest seat and students will receive a program in the swag bag that is being given to them at registration.
- The platform party, consisting of five people, will be on the stage, six feet apart.
- Penn State Scranton IT staff will be recording and live-streaming the ceremony on the campus’ Facebook page: Facebook.com/PennStateScranton for any family members and friends of graduates who are not able to attend.
- A professional photographer will be on-site to take photos of graduates on stage receiving their diploma cover from the chancellor. Photos will be available for free download within two weeks after the ceremony on the campus’ Flickr page:
- Guests will exit through the same entrance that they came in.
A general map of the area is below; for a more detailed event map, go to: scranton.psu.edu/commencement-map
University-Wide Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Graduates, friends and family members who prefer to participate online or are unable to attend the in-person commencement ceremony can join a University-wide celebration on Sunday, May 9 at 6 p.m. by visiting https://virtual.commencement.psu.edu.
Graduating students and their families are reminded that while the University looks forward to celebrating in person, changes in virus conditions or to public health guidelines may necessitate a shift to a fully virtual ceremony.
Students should continue to check their Penn State email in the coming days for more information from our campus and from [email protected].
Read the University-wide announcement.
Please notify the Registrar's Office if you will require special accommodations, such as handicap access to the stage.
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.