Commencement Information

Commencement Information

Fall Commencement Information

Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 7:00 pm

Penn State DuBois Campus

Instructions for Graduates

Follow these steps to be included in the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony

  1. Declare your intent to graduate:  Check your degree audit (Academic Requirements) with your academic advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met.  Activate your intent to graduate on LionPATH.  If the deadline has passed, contact the Registrar’s office for help completing this process.
  2. Check your address on LionPATH:  Make sure your home and local mailing addresses are correct by visiting the Student Center in LionPATH.  Select the “My Information” tab in the top right corner and click on edit “Address.”  You will be receiving important graduation information by mail. Diplomas will be mailed to your home address 1-2 months after commencement, so it is very important that the University has your correct address on file.  If you have any questions regarding transcripts and diplomas, please contact the Registrar’s Office at University Park, (814) 865-6357.
  3. R.S.V.P.:  Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in the mailing via mail, visiting 256 Swift Building, Kim Lumadue’s mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building or completing the online registration form found at

Guests and Tickets

We have limited seating, so we are giving each graduate up to 5 tickets.  As a graduate, you do not need a ticket for yourself, but each one of your guests will need a ticket to enter the ceremony.  If you want to invite more, we request that you check with the Registrar’s office (814) 375-4722 closer to the time of the ceremony to see if any additional requests can be accommodated.  Tickets will be mailed out in December given that you have turned in your Participation Form.

Disability Accommodations

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you are a graduating student with a disability that requires assistance at commencement, please let Kim Lumadue know (814) 375-4722 or as soon as possible.

Purchasing Your Cap and Gown

All participants must wear the proper academic regalia (traditional cap and gown) to participate in the graduation ceremonies.  All caps and gowns (for both baccalaureate and associate degrees) will be blue with a white tassel and are eco-friendly, made of a wood-based fabric from renewable, managed forests.  Graduates and potential graduates who are participating in the Commencement ceremonies can purchase a cap/gown/tassel set from a University bookstore for $40 plus tax.  Penn State DuBois Bookstore has caps & gowns in stock in a variety of sizes.  Stop by or contact the bookstore as soon as possible while all sizes are in stock.  Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Registrar’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors.  For class ring and graduation announcement orders, see Josten’s website at  Customizable announcements are available at the bookstore as well as a selection of diploma frames.

Graduation Day Lineup

Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the Lion’s Den in the Hiller Building at 6:30 pm.  The University is requesting that graduates and guests conduct themselves with the proper decorum and respect that Commencement should receive.  Improper displays will not be tolerated.

Reception following Commencement

A reception for graduates and guests will be held immediately following the graduation exercises at the Lion’s Den in the Hiller Building.