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student posing with diploma at graduationDATE, TIME, PLACE 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Stabler Arena

Graduates must arrive by 10 a.m. Report to the main entrance for directions on where to go. The Commencement Ceremony begins punctually at 11 a.m.


In observance of tradition, all participants in the commencement ceremony will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown and mortarboard with tassel. Order your cap and gown from the Penn State Lehigh Valley Bookstore beginning March 30. The bookstore will host a senior information day from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24. A Josten’s representative will be in Centre Hall with information on class rings, announcements, etc.


Family and friends of the graduates are very welcome at the Commencement Ceremony. Personalized announcements may be ordered on Josten's website. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite, but tickets will be required and can be picked up at the bookstore with your cap and gown. Each graduate will receive ten tickets. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions to the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus are available on our directions site, and directions to Stabler Arena are available on the Stabler Arena website.


Graduates, dressed in their caps and gowns, will assemble in the designated hallway at Stabler Arena, where they will receive their name card and be placed in the order of procession. Wear the tassel of your cap forward and to the right until you are given the signal to shift it to the left after Chancellor Ann Williams confers the degrees. The procession will advance to the ceremonial area led by the Campus Marshal, followed by the Student and Faculty Marshals, followed by the graduates, followed by the Penn State Lehigh Valley administration, visiting dignitaries, faculty, staff, and the stage party. (There is no rehearsal.)


Commencement is a time of celebration and reflection. Come to the ceremony with these thoughts in mind, and help to make this a special occasion for you, your fellow graduates, and for the community of family and friends who gather to join in the celebration. Please honor the significance and the dignity of the occasion. Remember to turn off cell phones and other electronic devices.

The speaker for Penn State Lehigh Valley's 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be Mr. Blair Underwood, actor, director and producer.


Each graduate will be photographed as they receive their degree on stage from Dr. Williams. Our photographer is Dan Johnson of Dan Z. Johnson Photography and he will be taking various candid shots before, during, and after the ceremony. All photographs will be available for purchase directly from him through his website.



You will receive a diploma folder on stage. Your actual diploma will be mailed during the week of May 26 from University Park. If you did not verify the name to be printed on your diploma via eLion, you may verify that information with the campus registrar's office.

NOTE: Special inks are used in the printing of the diplomas. Do not store your diploma in a cedar chest.


The official transcript is the University's official statement of your academic record. It lists all courses completed, all grades earned, and the semester in which they were received. It also contains notations of distinctions, minors, options, certificates, and degree received. It is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the University seal and signature of the University Registrar.

Information on ordering official transcripts is available on the University website. There is also a new eLion “former student” application which can be used for accessing some of your Penn State information after your access account expires.


Your connection with Penn State doesn't end at graduation. Join over 174,000 Penn State supporters as a member of the largest alumni association in the country, and keep that Blue and White spirit alive. You will be given a complimentary one year membership upon graduation. Please visit the alumni website for more information on the association.