Graduating Undergraduate Students

Commencement ceremonies are held for graduating undergraduate students at University Park each spring, summer, and fall. A complete schedule and list of resources is available on the University's commencement website.

Upcoming College of IST Commencement Ceremonies

Spring 2020

Saturday, May 9
Penn State will confer degrees for spring 2020 graduates during a virtual ceremony. To learn more, visit

Summer 2020

Saturday, August 15
Penn State will confer degrees for summer 2020 graduates during a virtual ceremony. To learn more, visit

Fall 2020

Saturday, December 19
9:00 a.m.
Bryce Jordan Center
Baccalaureate and associate degree ceremony at University Park

Preparing for Graduation

Students must notify the University of their intent to graduate at the beginning of the semester in which they will meet degree requirements and plan to graduate. Students indicate their intent to graduate by using the Apply for Graduation link on the My Academics page in LionPATH. Visit the Undergraduate Bulletin for more information.

Prior to applying for graduation, students should verify the accuracy of their academic record by viewing academic plans through Update Academics in LionPATH. It is critical to add minor plans that have been completed but are not showing on the student record and to remove minor plans that are no longer being completed from student record. Once students apply for graduation, academic records can no longer be updated.

Students should refer to the Intent to Graduate-Activation Period of the University's Academic Calendar to determine the dates when they can apply for graduation. Once you have applied for graduation, you can check the status of your application as well as review and update your diploma address.

All diplomas are mailed to the diploma address indicated approximately four to six weeks after the ceremony.

Students can request to attend commencement exercises at Penn State campuses not assigned to them by submitting the appropriate associate degree form or bachelor's degree form to Cindy Bierly, IST's graduation coordinator. Requests must be submitted before the eleventh week of the semester the student is graduating.

University Park students who have submitted a temporary change of assignment to a different campus for their final semester must complete and submit this form if they plan on attending the commencement ceremony at University Park.

Students are expected to attend the commencement ceremony at the end of the semester in which they have been certified for graduation. With the permission of the college dean or chancellor, students may be permitted instead to participate in a different commencement ceremony.

Students attend the commencement ceremony as non-graduating participant. Students must remember to apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which they are enrolling in their final course(s) to officially graduate and receive their diploma.

The IST Post-Graduation Survey is a confidential and systemized methodology for collecting valuable employment data. This information is highly beneficial for students who are engaging in the job search process and those who are negotiating a starting salary. It is also valuable to the college and to the University as a whole. Every IST student should complete the survey prior to graduation, preferably after they have accepted an offer of employment or entrance to graduate school.

IST Post-Graduation Survey (Spring 2020 Graduates)

Close to graduation, you will be receiving a request to take the Post-Graduation Survey from the IST Career Solutions team. We would greatly appreciate your cooperation!

If you're still seeking full-time employment, review our job search strategies or schedule an appointment with a career coach for assistance.


Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

E397 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-8947