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Commencement - Penn State College of Arts and Architecture

Students, family and friends gathered inside Eisenhower Auditorium to celebrate graduation commencement.

Congratulations Spring ’22 Graduates!

Get ready by visiting us!

In preparation for the commencement ceremony, we ask that you please stop by the Academic Affairs & Outreach Office in room 104 Borland Building between Thursday, April 28 and Friday, May 6 (Mon–Fri, 8:30am–5:00pm, no weekends), to complete the following:

  1. Complete a short graduation survey indicating your post-graduation plans (on a bank of computers set up specifically for this purpose)
  2. Receive a small gift of a Penn State lapel pin
  3. Receive the name card you will need for the commencement ceremony photographer
  4. Receive academic honor cord. To determine if you are graduating with distinction, please check the Registrar’s website.

We will also be randomly awarding twenty (20), $50 Visa gift cards to students that visit and complete the survey. The purpose of the survey is to let us know if your current intentions are to enter the job market, continue your education, travel, or do something else. By participating, your responses will be included with hundreds of your classmates and will help enhance the experiences of current and future Penn State students. Please know that your personal information will be kept completely confidential.

If you are engaged in student teaching or other approved off-campus coursework that precludes you from coming by in person, we request that you please contact the Academic Affairs Office by emailing Angela Smith ( to request your survey via email.

We look forward to congratulating you in person on this important milestone.

Commencement 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Pre-Ceremony Reception
Eisenhower Auditorium Plaza/Patio
11:00am–12:30pm – All graduates along with their guests are invited to attend the reception hosted by B. Stephen Carpenter II, Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. Please come enjoy the music and food. Mingle with your classmates, guests, faculty and staff prior to the ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony
Eisenhower Auditorium
The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are not required to attend the reception or graduation in Eisenhower Auditorium.

By 12:40pm – The graduates enter the building (look for signage) and go to the appropriate corridor. If you misplace your name card, a replacement can be obtained at Eisenhower Auditorium lobby registration table prior to the start of the ceremony.

Guests enter the building and are seated in the auditorium. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are not required and there is not a guest limit for the A&A ceremony. Admittance into the Auditorium will be permitted about 60 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

1:00pm – Graduation ceremony begins (approximately 90 minutes in length).

Information for graduates

Academic dress

Academic dress or the uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces is customary. Students receiving commissions in the armed forces will stand with their classmates when the academic degree is conferred, and also when receiving acknowledgment as a group. Candidates for the baccalaureate and associate degrees should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge. Due to the formality of this occasion and safety concerns regarding walking on the steps and stage, please wear appropriate footwear; flip flops, clogs and loose fitting shoes are not recommended. Thank you for your cooperation.

Students may order and purchase their caps, gowns, and personalized announcements from the Penn State Bookstore. You will need to allow at least 2–3 weeks for processing printed announcements. If you need assistance, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at 814-863-3589 or 863-2512. You can also order via the website: Regalia | Penn State Official Bookstore.

  • Bachelor’s regalia is $57.00
  • Bachelor’s regalia with announcement is $69.50

Please note: Ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State academic ceremonies. Wearing the Schreyer Honors College medal is welcomed.

Name cards

Name cards will be distributed between April 28–May 6 (8:30am–5:00pm, Monday–Friday, no weekends) in 104 Borland.


Photographers from GradImages™ will be at each commencement ceremony to take photographs of students as they individually approach, cross and exit the stage. If you are interested in being contacted by GradImages™, with an offer for a free 5×7 and an opportunity to purchase additional photos, please provide your U.S. mailing and email addresses on the reverse side of the name card. GradImages™ will be in touch with you soon after graduation.


Diplomas will be mailed approximately four to six weeks after graduation to the graduates’ permanent address or LionPATH student service center diploma mailing address. For more information, visit


For ordering transcripts, please visit

Graduates with disabilities

Penn State encourages graduates with disabilities to participate in its commencement ceremonies. It is very important that you notify Angela Smith, or by phone 865-4890, by April 18th, if you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about accessibility.

Graduating with distinction

Academic distinction

All graduating seniors who have earned academic distinction are eligible to receive an academic distinction cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Students who are graduating Summa Cum Lade will receive a blue and white cord, students who are graduating Magna Cum Laude will receive a blue cord, and students who are graduating Cum Laude will receive a white cord. Students will receive notification on how to receive their academic distinction cords from their college or campus.

Questions regarding academic distinction cords should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs within your college or campus. Levels are determined by the cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2021 session. If students earn a higher level once final grades are received, then adjustments will be made.

To determine if you are graduating with distinction, please check with the Registrar.

Military honors

All graduating seniors who are military veterans, currently serving on active duty, in the reserve, or National Guard, or who will be granted a commission obtained through Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are eligible to receive a red, white and blue honor cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Those personnel who have already been granted priority registration status are automatically eligible for an honor cord and may visit or contact (814-863-0465) the Office of Veterans Programs at 325 Boucke Building during normal business hours to receive it. ROTC personnel may pick up their honor cord from their ROTC representative/office. Those personnel who have not been granted priority registration, please visit this website for instructions on required proof of service and where to submit the required documentation:

Learn more about the honor cords

Red, white, and blue tassels of a military honor cord; Image courtesy of Meaghan Cafferty.
Diverse group of graduating students wearing regalia.

Information for guests

Guests with disabilities

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you or your guests anticipate needing any type of special accommodations at Eisenhower Auditorium or have questions about the physical access provided, please call Kelly Kaiserian at 814-865-4727 or email

Local lodging, directions and information

For a complete listing of overnight accommodations for commencement, area restaurants, and driving directions and maps, please contact the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau or call 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400. The Bureau does not take reservations, but will provide information.


Parking is available in the Eisenhower Parking Deck (no charge). Additional parking is available on campus. Please see the next page for parking information at Eisenhower Auditorium.

If there are any questions after reviewing the parking information, please contact the University Parking Office by phone at 814-865-1436 or by email at

Additional questions

Additional information is available on the University commencement website. If you have questions not covered above or on the University’s commencement site, please contact Angela Smith ( or call 814-865-4890.

Eisenhower Auditorium commencement parking information

Visitors attending commencement ceremonies at Eisenhower Auditorium are directed to park at the adjacent Eisenhower Parking Deck, which is located on Eisenhower Road. General and ADA parking is available on each level of the deck, with elevator access located at the south corner.

Commencement parking for ceremonies will be available at no charge courtesy of Penn State Transportation Services.

Traffic advisory for Saturday ceremonies

Very heavy traffic expected on the east side of campus throughout the day on Saturday due to commencement ceremonies being held at the Bryce Jordan Center. Those attending ceremonies at Eisenhower are advised of the following travel recommendations:

  • Drivers are urged to avoid the Park Avenue exits from Routes 220 and 322, as well as University Drive, and instead should use US Route 322 Business exits at the south and north ends of Atherton Street to travel to campus.
  • From Atherton Street, drivers are encouraged to approach Eisenhower Auditorium from the west side of campus, using Park Avenue or Curtin Road to Shortlidge Road or Bigler Road, where vehicles will then travel south to Eisenhower Road to reach Eisenhower Auditorium and the Eisenhower Deck.