2015 LPS Graduation: Frequently Asked Questions

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How will LPS be communicating with me about Graduation activities?

LPS graduate and undergraduate students who graduated in December 2014, or have applied to graduate in Spring 2015 or Summer 2015 will receive e-mail communication from LPS starting in late February that will include information regarding the LPS graduation ceremony and reception. In early April, graduating students will be mailed a graduation packet, which will include the LPS Graduation details and Penn Commencement announcements. 

How do I order academic regalia?

Contact the Penn Bookstore at 215-898-7595 or attend the Graduation Fair at the Penn Bookstore on March 18-20.

Students who are unable to visit the bookstore during the Graduation Fair must contact the bookstore and place their regalia order by March 20th.

More information: Academic Regalia

Where is the ceremony and reception?

The 2015 LPS Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 17, 2015 at 4:00pm at Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (on Penn’s campus: 3680 Walnut Street).  The reception will immediately follow the ceremony at Annenberg Plaza.

What time should I arrive and where do I go?

It is imperative that graduating students arrive promptly by 3:00pm at Annenberg Center. Bring your academic regalia. Signs and LPS staff will direct you to the second-floor robing area. Students should look for signage designating the meeting location for their particular program: BA, BFA, MLA, M.Phil (Liberal Arts), MES, MSAG, MAPP, MMP, M.Phil, (Dynamics), MSOD. Report to the administrator assigned to your program area to check you in on the clipboard, and to determine your place in the processional line. Students will process in proper order from the robing area into the theatre/ceremony.

What time does the ceremony start?

The LPS Graduation Ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00pm; let your guests know they should be seated before that time. Please remember it is necessary for graduating students to arrive no later than 3:00pm.

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: http://www.annenbergcenter.org/visit/directions.php

We recommend you review these parking locations before arriving at the ceremony. Additional information on Penn parking locations is available at:

Where will the graduating students process?

Graduates will emerge from the second-floor robing area, down the steps, and enter into the theatre.

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?


Is there assigned seating at the LPS ceremony?

No. Please arrive early to get the seats you prefer.

How are the graduates seated?

Graduates are seated alphabetically within their degree program.

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

No. We recommend leaving them with friends and family.

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 e-mail 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 two (2) months after the end of the term in which you graduate.  Your diploma will be issued only if you have satisfied all relevant requirements and paid all outstanding University bills and fees. Diplomas are mailed via First Class mail and will be sent to the permanent address listed in Penn InTouch, unless a different address is specified in the "Temporary Address Field" effective two months after your graduation date. International diplomas can take up to eight weeks for delivery. International students who are planning to stay in the US should designate a temporary US address in Penn In Touch or contact the Diploma Coordinator to arrange to pick up the diploma from the Office of the University Secretary.

Penn Baccalaureate and Commencement

What is the University Commencement ceremony on May 18th?

The University Commencement Ceremony is a campus-wide event at which you will celebrate with all members of the University of Pennsylvania Class of 2015. The procession of graduates is followed by speakers, special guests, and honorary degree awards.

Regalia is required and the event is rain or shine.

What is the Baccalaureate?

The 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 17, 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 3:00 p.m. ceremony. Tickets and academic regalia are not required. The Baccalaureate 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.

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