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2020 LPS Virtual Graduation: Frequently Asked Questions

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How will LPS be communicating with me about the virtual graduation?

LPS graduate and undergraduate students who graduated in December 2019 and those who have applied to graduate in May 2020 or August 2020 will receive email communication from LPS regarding the virtual graduation ceremony, including the option to submit a request for a personalized graduate slide.

What is the LPS virtual graduation ceremony?

The ceremony is a pre-recorded video which features remarks from Dean Fluharty and Vice Dean Lewis, graduation speaker Al Filreis, student awards, and a presentation of graduates. All graduates and guests are invited to view on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. EDT.

What equipment will be needed to view the ceremony?

The video can be viewed on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone by navigating to the Graduation 2020 page on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Will this be available to all of my family and friends and what will they need to do to see it?

Yes. All are invited to view the ceremony video, which will be available for anyone to view at the Graduation 2020 page on Sunday, May 17 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Will the ceremony be recorded?

Yes, the pre-recorded ceremony will stream live on Sunday, May 17, but will then be available at the Penn LPS YouTube page.

How do I submit a form for a personalized slide?

Visit the form login page included in the communication sent to your primary email address. The personalized slide submission deadline is Friday, May 8. If you experience any issues, please contact Penn LPS Records at

What is included on the personalized slide?

The personalized slide will contain the diploma name from your graduation application and your degree program (you can edit your name). You have the option to upload a photo and add a personalized message, but it is not required.

What happens if I don't submit a request form?

All graduates will get a slide, regardless of whether a form is submitted. Your name and degree will still appear.

What happens if I don't submit a photo and/or personal message?

If you choose not to upload a photo and/or add a personal message, just your name and degree will be shown.

Where will the slides be shown?

The slides will be available on the Graduation 2020 page starting on May 17 and will also be incorporated into the virtual celebration. Please note: This slideshow will be posted on a public website, so be aware that anyone can see it. Submission of a photo acknowledges your awareness of this fact.

When is the University Commencement ceremony?

The 264th Commencement Ceremony, Penn's University-wide virtual celebration, is scheduled for Monday, May 18 at 11 a.m. EDT. More information is available at Penn’s Commencement website.

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 eight to ten weeks following the official degree conferral date (i.e. the date appearing on your diploma). Your diploma will be mailed once you have satisfied all relevant academic requirements and if you are in good financial standing. Diplomas will only be mailed to the permanent or temporary address; additional diploma mailing information is available at the Penn University Secretary’s website.

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 InTouch or contact the diploma coordinator to arrange to pick up the diploma from the Office of the University Secretary.

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