Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What's the difference between the Engineering ceremonies and the University ceremony on Monday?

Students attending the Engineering ceremony for their degree will walk across the stage, receive a “diploma” (note:  diplomas will be mailed separately), and pose for a photo with Dean Kumar. Students attending the University ceremony on Monday will not walk across the stage, and will join all graduates from across Penn.

How do I participate in the University's Commencement Ceremony on Monday, May 17, 2021?

Please visit the University’s Commencement website where the most current information will be posted: Line-up locations for all graduates wishing to participate may be found in the Commencement Brochure, available for download at the bottom of the main Commencement website.

How do I get ceremony tickets for my guests?

No tickets are issued for Engineering Commencement ceremonies. There is no limit to the number of guests a student may bring.

Do participating students need to register for Engineering Commencement?

Yes. Registration is required for participation in Commencement. Master’s and undergraduate level students must register via Marching Order before the indicated deadline; you will receive an email from Marching Order inviting you to register in early-mid April. Ph.D. level students wishing to be hooded must register via the Ph.D. registration form, which will be sent via email from Research and Academic Services (RAS) in early-mid March.

For questions regarding registration, please contact the following individuals as appropriate:

Undergraduate:  Cindi Buoni (

Graduate (Master’s and Ph.D.):  Alyse Edwards ( and Tori Frew (

How do I get my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed from the Office of the Secretary and mailed to the graduate’s address indicated during Commencement registration. Further information on diplomas can be found here.

How can my friends and family participate remotely?

Penn Engineering Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed from the main Commencement website ( Be sure to tag your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts with #PennEngGrad!

What happens if it rains?

All ceremonies will be held in their respective locations regardless of weather events.