The 266th University of Pennsylvania Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. at Franklin Field, on the corner of 33rd and South Streets. The ceremony will end at approximately noon. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the award of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker, Ken Burns, American documentary filmmaker, recipient of 16 Emmy Awards and 2 Academy Award nominations.

Students in all 12 of Penn's undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs are invited to attend the Commencement ceremony. The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by University officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker.

The Baccalaureate ceremony is an interfaith program for graduating seniors that includes musical performances, readings, prayers, and a special guest speaker.

In addition to the Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies, each school also hosts a ceremony for the students enrolled in that particular school. During this ceremony, the student's name will be called and the student will walk across the stage. For information on the school ceremonies, visit the School Ceremonies page.

Yes. We are pleased to announce the in-person Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 Master's and Doctoral graduates! The Penn community looks forward to this long-awaited celebration, so please mark your calendar—Sunday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. Registration for graduates and guests will be required - please register here. Visit the 2020-2021 Commencement page for information about the ceremony.

August 2021 and December 2021 graduates are welcome to participate in the Class of 2022 Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2022. Their names will also be included in the May 16, 2022 Commencement Program.  Please contact your school about participating in your individual school ceremony.

Commencement is held outdoors, rain or shine, so be prepared for all types of weather.

Commencement will be held rain or shine. However, for the safety of graduates and guests, severe weather conditions may require the cancellation of the student procession across campus or the delay of the ceremony.

In dangerous weather conditions, the ceremony may be relocated indoors to the Palestra, where seating would be limited to the academic procession and graduating students. In the case of this relocation, students should report to the Palestra no later than 9:30 a.m. Please know that the decision to move the Commencement ceremony indoors would be made in only extreme conditions.

If weather requires changes to the Commencement ceremony schedule, information will be found on:

  • Signs at Hamilton Village and around campus
  • Announcements on (215) 898-MELT
  • Announcements on radio station KYW (1060 AM)
  • A notice on this website

Tickets are not required for the University Commencement ceremony in Franklin Field, and there is no limit to the number of guests.  If you require special seating due to a wheelchair, limited physical mobility or other medical conditions, please visit Accessible Seating for more information.

Tickets may be required for individual School ceremonies.  Students should contact their home school to obtain ticket information for their School ceremonies.

Visitors to campus and to University-sponsored events and gatherings must complete PennOpen Campus pre-screening on the day they visit. They must present their Green Pass on request. Please see the most up-to-date information about the University’s guidelines for visitors to campus. Before guests arrive on campus, they must complete PennOpen Campus pre-screening. Each day you visit campus or come to University-sponsored activities, all graduates and guests must present their Green Pass for entry. While masking is not required for outdoor activities, it is recommended in areas where physical distancing is difficult.

Please review information about how PennOpen Campus works.

Those living outside of the US should complete their PennOpen Campus pass upon arrival to campus, as its use may not be accessible in other countries. PennOpen Campus passes must be completed each day you are on campus.

The University requests that visitors not come physically to campus if they feel ill or have been exposed to a case of COVID-19. For the University Public Health Guidance visit public health guidance. Public health guidance continues to evolve.

*Visitor Policies listed above are as of March 15, 2022. Subject to change due to changes in public health guidance.

The stadium does not have wheelchairs available for use. Motorized scooters and wheelchairs are permitted at Franklin Field. If anyone in your party uses a wheelchair, please bring it with you.

Yes. Refreshments can be purchased at the concession stands.

Diplomas are not distributed at the Commencement ceremony on Monday morning.  Some diplomas will be distrbuted at the school ceremonies, and the others will be mailed.  See the Diplomas page for details.

Attendance is not mandatory for any of the graduation festivities.

Yes.  Regalia is required to participate in Commencement and can be purchased or rented from the Penn Bookstore.  Details are available on the Regalia page.

Graduates can purchase and receive their Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during "Grad Week".  It usually takes place in the spring at the Penn Bookstore. Grad Week also provides the opportunity for degree candidates to meet with staff members regarding any questions, such as ensuring the grads are selecting the correct fit.  Other grad related products will also be available during that week. Information about Grad Week is sent by the Penn Bookstore in early spring and is also available on the Commencement Regalia page.

If you miss Grad Week, you should contact the Bookstore directly to purchase your regalia.

Grad Express provides information from the Penn Bookstore to help prepare for Graduation. In addition to cap and gown and commencement ceremony details, Grad Express houses a range of resources related to commemorative products to celebrate the graduate's achievement, including class rings, graduation announcements, and diploma frames.

Penn does not sanction the decorating of caps.

Graduation festivities also coincide with Alumni Weekend.  If you are a Penn alumnus, please visit the Penn Alumni page for more information.

Penn's 267th Commencement will be held on Monday, May 15, 2023.

Penn's 268th Commencement will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024.

The following items are strictly prohibited within Franklin Field:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals or pets, except for service animals
  • Artificial noisemakers, including airhorns or bullhorns
  • Coolers
  • Fireworks and open flames
  • Glass bottles and cans
  • Large bags like duffel or equipment bags
  • Large quantities of food in containers such as pizza boxes or catering trays
  • Poles or sticks, including camera tripods
  • Purses or bags larger than 4.5" x 6.5"
  • Seat backs or bench cushions containing metal, wood, or hard plastic
  • Smoking in seated areas
  • Strollers
  • Weapons, contraband, or any items deemed dangerous or inappropriate

Guests attempting to enter the facility with any prohibited item(s) will be asked to dispose of such items prior to entering. Security personnel reserves the right to deny access to any individual who does not comply with such policies or is deemed a threat to other patrons.

Address & Phone

1 College Hall, Room 211
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7006