Mark your calendars!

The 2024 Commencement Ceremony for Master's and PhD recipients in the Graduate Division of the School of Arts & Sciences will be held on Friday, May 17, at 10:00 AM in Irvine Auditorium.

Students who received a degree in August or December 2023 or who will receive a degree in May 2024 will be eligible to participate.

Master's and Doctoral degree candidates can purchase Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during Grad Fair from March 20-22. The regalia is a commemorative keepsake. There is no longer an option for students to rent regalia. All regalia will be distributed on the second level of the Penn Bookstore near the textbook department. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Other grad-related products and special promotions will also be available during that week. 

A limited number of caps and gowns will still be available at the Penn Bookstore after the above dates, but graduates are strongly encouraged to obtain their regalia at the bookstore during Grad Fair, when the store's resources are dedicated to this process. Doctoral candidates should consult with their respective Schools or programs as there may be special requirements or recommendations regarding the preferred regalia. Both standard and custom doctoral regalia are available for purchase, but custom regalia is not required.

Degree candidates not currently on campus can order regalia online and have regalia shipped directly to them. Orders must be placed by Sunday, March 31, to receive the regalia in time for Commencement. Shipping fees apply. To order regalia, visit Grad Express.

For additional details about regalia and information about purchasing announcements, commemorative products, and alumni benefits, all graduates are encouraged to visit Grad Express.

Information on requesting tickets for the Graduate Division's ceremony will be released soon. 

If you are a graduating student participating in the ceremony, you do not need a ticket. Tickets are for guests only.

If one of your guests requires ADA-compliant accommodations, please reach out to at your earliest convenience. University Commencement disability seating tickets must be requested separately from tickets for the Graduate Division ceremony.

Graduate Division Ceremony - Friday, May 17th, 2024, 10 AM

The Graduate Division degree ceremony for Master's and PhD recipients from August and December 2023 and May 2024 will be the Friday before University-wide commencement. All students invited to participate will gather in Irvine Auditorium at 3401 Spruce Street before 10:00 AM. Speakers at the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. Any questions can be directed to


University-Wide Commencement - Monday, May 20th, 2024, 10:15 AM

The gates to Franklin Field will open at 8:30 AM for guest seating. At 8:45 AM, graduating students will assemble at 39th Street and Locust Walk (near the high rises), and members of the academic procession will meet in the Feintuch Family Lobby of the Annenberg Center. Both processions will begin at 9:05 AM. Detailed information will be emailed in early May to those participating in the procession. Those requesting tickets will receive them by mail in late April.

For more information, see the University Commencement website.