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Graduation 2020

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COVID-19 updates regarding the LPS Graduation ceremony and Penn Commencement


Based on the recent recommendations of the CDC and leading public health experts, who are now directing against any public gatherings of more than 50 people for the next two months, we cannot responsibly plan to bring thousands of people to campus for our traditional Commencement and Alumni Weekend in May. Read more...


The Penn Bookstore Graduation Fair has been cancelled. Please see the Penn Bookstore for further information.


The University continues to closely monitor developments with reference to COVID-19, including all guidance as set forth by the CDC and governmental authorities. The University’s response to this emergency has, in the complete interest of public health and safety, evolved quickly over recent days and weeks, and we deeply appreciate your cooperation and patience.

If there are any updates to plans for Commencement, school ceremonies, and related activities, we will communicate this to the University community—students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni—as soon as information becomes available.

2020 LPS Graduation Ceremony

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020

Time: 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Zellerbach Theatre at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (3680 Walnut Street)

Reception: Immediately following the ceremony on Annenberg Plaza

Students graduating from LPS programs are invited to two celebratory events: the LPS Graduation Ceremony and the University Commencement. At the LPS Graduation Ceremony, your degree program will be called to the stage and your name will be announced. At the University Commencement, students from each school at Penn are seated and stand together as President Gutmann announces each class as a whole.

The 2020 Penn Commencement will be held Monday, May 18 at Franklin Field (33rd and Spruce Streets). More information is available at the Penn Commencement 2020 site.

Important Action Items for Graduating Students

  • RSVP for the LPS Ceremony and Reception (by May 1)
    • RSVP form will be available in mid-March 2020 (formal invitations will be mailed in late March; tickets for ceremony guests will be required)

Location and parking

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 3680 Walnut Street on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. It has been designed to accommodate the needs of individuals with physical disabilities.

Parking options:

  • Garage parking: Corner of 38th and Walnut Streets
  • Garage parking: Corner of 40th and Walnut Streets
  • Valet parking: The Inn at Penn at 3600 Sansom Street
  • Sheraton Hotel: Corner of 36th Street and Chestnut Streets
  • Street parking

Parking Map

We recommend that you review these parking locations before arriving at the ceremony. Additional information about Penn parking locations is available at the Penn Transportation and Parking website.

Graduate Arrival

It is imperative that graduating students arrive at Annenberg Center promptly by 3 p.m. Please bring your academic regalia; LPS staff will direct you to the robing area. Students should look for signage designating the meeting location for their particular program: AA, BA, BFA, MLA, MPhil (Liberal Arts), IMPA, MBDS, MES, MSAG, MAPP, MMP, MPhil (Dynamics), and MSOD. Report to the administrator assigned to your program area for check-in and to determine your place in the processional line. Students will process in proper order from the robing area into the theatre/ceremony starting at 3:45 p.m.

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