What are the deadlines to apply for graduation? When and how do I formally deposit my dissertation?
Consult the Graduation Calendar. Graduating students sign-up for graduation through this online application. You will need your PennKey and password to access this secure website.
How do I get a copy of Penn's dissertation manual?
Both the Master's Thesis Style Guide and the Doctoral Dissertation Manual are available on-line.
How do I get graduation tickets and a cap and gown for the May Commencement?
No tickets are necessary to attend the main University commencement activities at Franklin Field. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.
Invitations and tickets for the School of Arts & Sciences, Graduate Division commencement ceremony and reception are sent out by the Office of the Graduate Division. Ceremony begins at 1 p.m.
Cap and gown arrangements are made at the University Bookstore.
Where do I pay late fees?
The fees are paid at Penn.Pay.
My bill is not clear. I know it has to be clear before I can graduate, but how do I take care of this?
This is best handled at the Office of Student Financial Services.
I need a new diploma because:
- I received a damaged diploma through the mail
- I was storing my diploma at my parents' house, but when they moved it was lost
- I have legally changed my name.
What can I do?
New diplomas can be obtained only through the Office of the Secretary of the University. For more information phone 215/898-7005 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there anything that can be done to assure my new employer that I have fulfilled all degree requirements, even though the official graduation date is still some time away?
Contact the Office of the Provost.
What type of post-graduate support does the Graduate Division provide?
Career Services offers guidance and resources designed specifically for PhD students exploring their many career options within higher education and beyond. Whether you are seeking faculty positions, postdocs, or roles in industry, government, and non-profits, you can call 215 898 7530, or log in to Handshake, Career Services’ online platform, to set up a time to speak with career advisors who are specialized in working with PhD students at any stage of the career exploration and career development process. Career advisors can also help you to tap into the vast network of PhD alumni, through tools such as QuakerNet, to help you gain a complete understanding of career paths that value your PhD.
For further assistance with graduation or degree questions, please contact the Office of the Provost.