Intent to Graduate
It is your responsibility to notify the University of your Intent to Graduate. This should be done by using the “Graduating this Semester” LionPATH application at the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Check the graduation activation schedule for the dates when you can activate your intent to graduate. After the graduation activation period expires, you must contact the office of your major to request any changes to your graduation status. Unofficial programs are distributed at the commencement ceremony and list the names of graduating students. If your intent to graduate is activated after the student information has been sent to the printer, your name will not appear in the program.
It is critical for the University to have your correct home and local addresses in order to mail pertinent graduation information (including diplomas). You can check and update your address on LionPATH.
Attendance at Commencement
Students on the graduation list are sent instructions about the ceremony and asked to respond promptly regarding attendance.
Alternate Commencement Site
You may request to attend a commencement ceremony other than your assigned campus location by completing an Alternate Site Form and turning it into your current Campus Registrar’s Office or College.
Undergraduate academic regalia consist of blue gowns with wide sleeves and blue mortarboard caps with tassels. Graduate regalia are distinguished from undergraduate regalia by black gowns with hoods and pointed sleeves. The uniform of the armed forces is the only other apparel officially recognized and permitted.
Academic regalia are available for purchase at the Penn State Shenango Bookstore. Gowns are available in regular and plus sizes. Please check your regalia for accuracy and quality before the day of the ceremony.
Because your personal safety is of great concern to us, appropriate footwear is strongly recommended. Graduating students are encouraged to consider wearing low-heeled shoes.
Properly Wearing Academic Regalia:
- Candidates for the baccalaureate and associate degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge.
- Please note that ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State academic ceremonies.
Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you need assistance.
The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Jammie Clark at least a week before Commencement.