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2022 LPS Graduation: Frequently Asked Questions

How will LPS be communicating with me about graduation activities?

LPS graduate and undergraduate students who graduated in December 2021 or have applied to graduate in May 2022 or August 2022 will receive email communications from LPS starting in early February that will include information regarding the LPS graduation ceremony and reception.

How do I order academic regalia?

Obtain regalia at the Penn Bookstore during Grad Week: March 21-27 or online at Grad Express website (by April 1, to guarantee delivery). If you are unable to place your order online by April 1, please call the Penn Bookstore at (215) 898-7595 or email capandgown@upenn.edu to discuss your options.

Where is the ceremony and reception?

The 2022 LPS Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 15, 2022, at 4 p.m. at Zellerbach Theatre, at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (on Penn’s campus, 3680 Walnut Street). A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at Annenberg Plaza.

What are the venue’s health and safety requirements?

For this year’s graduation ceremony, Penn is following national, state, and local guidelines for safety. In an effort to remain consistent with University Visitor Policy, all guests attending a University-sponsored event and gathering at the Annenberg Center must complete a PennOpen Campus pre-screening on the day they visit. They must present their Green Pass upon entry to the Annenberg Center or they will not be admitted to your event.

Access information on how PennOpen Campus works.

Those living outside of the US should complete their PennOpen Campus upon arrival to campus, as its use may not be accessible in other countries. The University and the Annenberg Center request that visitors and guests not come physically to campus if they feel ill or have been recently exposed to a case of COVID-19. Although not required at this time, it's strongly encouraged for visitors and guests to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

For Penn staff, faculty and students, you may simply show that day’s PennOpen Green Pass and valid Penn ID.

Please note all visitors and guests will be required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth at all times for all those over age two. Masks must be worn for the duration of the event and time spent inside the venue unless actively eating or drinking. There are no exceptions to our mask policy. Visitors and guests who refuse to keep their masks on will be asked to leave the venue. Visitors and guests should be reminded that they impact 37,000 Penn students, faculty, staff, and postdocs, as well as the surrounding West Philadelphia community.

What time should I arrive and where do I go?

It is imperative that graduating students arrive at Annenberg School promptly by 3:00 p.m. The lobby is accessible by Annenberg Plaza. Please bring your academic regalia; staff will direct you to the check-in areas once you arrive:

  • Please look for signage designating the meeting area for your program: BAAS, BA, BFA, IMPA, MLA, M.Phil (Lib Arts), MCS, MES, MSAG, MSOD, M.Phil (Dynamics), MSOD, MBDS, and MAPP. 
  • Report to the administrator assigned to your program area, who will check you in and determine your place in the processional line. Procession in proper order from the into the theatre/ceremony starts promptly at 3:45 p.m. View Procession Map.

How are the graduates seated?

Graduates are seated alphabetically on stage within their degree program. Seating maps are available here.

What time does the ceremony start?

The LPS Graduation Ceremony will begin promptly at 4 p.m. Let your guests know they should be seated before that time. Please remember it is necessary for graduating students to arrive no later than 3 p.m.

Where can I park?

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania at
3680 Walnut Street. Information on parking and directions are available at the Annenberg Center website.
We recommend you review these parking locations before arriving at the ceremony. Additional information about parking locations is available at the Penn Transportation and Parking website.

Where will the graduating students process?

This information will be posted soon.

Do I have to attend all of the ceremonies?

No. You may choose to attend any, one, or none. Attendance is not required.

What if I haven’t ordered my regalia yet?

Contact the Penn Bookstore at (215) 898-7595.

Is there a dress code for what should I wear under my regalia?

No.

How many ceremony tickets do I receive for my guests?

Participating graduates can request a maximum of two guest tickets for the LPS Graduation Ceremony.  All LPS degree recipients must RSVP by May 1 in order to reserve guest tickets and confirm graduate seating. Every guest must have a ticket to gain entrance into Zellerbach Theatre. More specific information is available on the Ceremony Ticket page.

Is there assigned seating at the LPS ceremony?

No. Every guest must have a ticket to gain entrance into Zellerbach Theatre. All seating is by general admission.

Is there a place to store my belongings while the LPS ceremony is taking place?

No. We recommend leaving them with friends and family.

What is the reception?

The graduation reception will immediately follow the ceremony on Annenberg Plaza and will include light refreshments. All graduates and guests are invited; no tickets required.

As an international student, how do I request a formal invitation letter for my intended guests?

Students who are in need of a formal invitation letter for Commencement should request the letter through the iPenn system. Once you log in to iPenn, click the "Student Services" menu on the left side of the page and select "Invitation Letter Request." Fill out all of the necessary information on the request form and click "Submit." An International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) representative will email you once the letter has been prepared and is ready for pickup. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the ISSS office.

When will I receive my diploma?

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies does not distribute official diplomas at the LPS Graduation Ceremony. The Office of the University Secretary will begin to mail diplomas approximately eight to ten weeks following the official degree conferral date (i.e. the date appearing on your diploma). Your diploma will be mailed once you have satisfied all relevant academic requirements and if you are in good financial standing. Diplomas will only be mailed to the permanent or diploma address. Additional information about mailing diplomas is available at Penn’s Office of the University Secretary website.

International diplomas can take up to eight weeks for delivery. International students who are planning to stay in the US through August can designate a US diploma address by updating Path@Penn. Alternately, students can contact the diploma coordinator before June 7 to arrange to pick up their diploma starting in August.

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Penn Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies

What is the Baccalaureate?

The Penn Baccalaureate Ceremony is a 50-minute interfaith program that includes music, readings, prayers, and a guest speaker. Two consecutive ceremonies will be held in Irvine Auditorium on Sunday, May 15, in order to accommodate all those who wish to attend. Students whose last names begin with A through K are invited to attend the 1:30 p.m. ceremony. Students whose last names begin with L through Z are invited to attend the 3 p.m. ceremony. Tickets and academic regalia are not required. The Baccalaureate Ceremony speaker will be announced in the spring.

Please note that this event takes place the same day as the LPS ceremony. The latter Baccalaureate will overlap the LPS ceremony, so you will not be able to attend both.

What is the University Commencement ceremony on May 16?

The University Commencement Ceremony is a campus-wide event at which you will celebrate with all members of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2022. The procession of graduates is followed by speakers, special guests, and honorary degree awards.

Regalia is required, and the event is rain or shine. No tickets are required for guests; seating will be available on both the field and in the lower stands. Please be aware that the stadium is bench seating.