Student Information

Students participating in Penn Engineering Ceremonies are required to assemble for line-up at the following times:

Ph.D. Graduates:
Thursday, May 16 – 3:00 p.m.
– Ph.D. graduates should report to the Hall of Flags (Houston Hall), 3417 Spruce Street for line-up. Entrance is directly across from Irvine Auditorium (sign will be posted).

Master’s Graduates:
Friday, May 17 – 1:00 p.m. – Master’s graduates should check in at the entrance to the Tse Cheng Sports Center (far right entrance, next to the Palestra). You will be directed to the line-up area.

Bachelor’s Graduates:
Saturday, May 18 – 1:00 p.m.
– Undergraduates should check in at the entrance to the Tse Cheng Sports Center (far right entrance, next to the Palestra). You will be directed to the line-up area.


Graduates must arrive with academic regalia (cap and gown) to participate in the ceremony. Detailed information is available on Grad Express.

How to wear your regalia (videos from the Penn Bookstore):

Graduates must place their order by March 31, 2024 to receive the regalia by Commencement.

If you are not currently on campus, you may order your regalia online and have it shipped directly to you. Shipping fees apply.

Procedures for Undergraduate and Master’s Graduation Ceremonies

  1. At the check-in time noted above, graduates proceed to the Tse Cheng Sports Center (far right entrance – attached to the Palestra). Please be prompt. If you arrive late, you may not be able to participate.
  2. Once you enter the designated line-up room, please proceed to your department staging area (look for a white sign with your department name) and form a single line in alphabetical order by last name.
  3. Before the lines process, please check your phone:
    • Make sure you can access the GRADPASS (screenshot is recommended).
    • Make sure your brightness is turned up.
    • Make sure your battery is charged.
  4. The student procession into the Palestra will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. (Please note: any students who arrive after 1:45pm may not be seated with their program.)
  5. Please file into your row and REMAIN STANDING until directed to sit down.
  6. When the awarding of degrees begins, the Marshal will ask each row to stand when appropriate.
  7. Have your phone out and your GRADPASS displayed as you approach the entrance ramp to the stage.
  8. Once your GRADPASS is scanned, your name will be announced as you walk across the stage and a photograph will be taken with the Dean.
  9. After your picture is taken, please proceed down the exit ramp to the back corner, where another photo will be taken before returning to your seat.
  10. Be sure to RETURN to your seat.
  11. When the ceremony ends, the faculty will recess and graduates will be dismissed.

Ceremony Photographers

A photographer from Legacy Photographics will be at each ceremony. Each student will be photographed as they cross the stage. Legacy Photographics will contact each graduate after the ceremony with information on how to purchase these photos. If you have any questions, please contact Legacy directly at 800-444-2550 or 610-279-1791, or visit their website,