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Spring 2023 Commencement

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Undergraduate Commencement

The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s Undergraduate Commencement ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 6th at the Eisenhower Auditorium at the University Park campus.


1:30–2:30 p.m., Heritage Hall in the HUB (125 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, PA 16802). A registration link will be sent to graduates.

Group Photo

2:45 p.m., in front of Old Main.

A group photo will be taken prior to commencement in front of Old Main. Students must arrive at Old Main by 2:45 p.m. Following the photo, the group will proceed to Eisenhower Auditorium for check-in.


All students participating in the commencement ceremony must report to the main lobby of the Eisenhower Auditorium NO LATER THAN 3:45 p.m.

Upon check-in, you will receive your nomenclator card. Please do not make changes to the card. If there is not a card for you at check-in, you will be directed to a different check-in line where you will need to provide information to a staff member and receive a “gold card”. Your card will be collected as you enter the stage and the nomenclator will announce your name as it is broadcasted on the screens. You will walk across the stage but no hand shaking.


Dr. Raymonde Brown, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and Lois Thompson, President of the College of Nursing Alumni Society Board, will be waiting at the opposite side of the stage to present you with your nursing pin. Once you receive your pin, you will move off stage to have your photo taken. Staff will be on site to assist you.


The processional will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. Your diploma will be mailed to the permanent address that you have on file with the University. Penn State encourages graduates with disabilities to participate in its commencement ceremonies. Please visit for more information.


Free parking will be available in Eisenhower Parking Deck, directly behind Eisenhower Auditorium. For more information, please refer to the Eisenhower Auditorium Commencement Parking Information flyer or the Campus Map for more information. HUB parking fee is $1/hour at the HUB deck. See other options: PSU – University Park.


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The Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing’s Graduate Commencement ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 7th, at the Bryce Jordan Center at the University Park campus.


1:00–2:30 p.m., Heritage Hall (125 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park, PA 16802). An invitation with an RSVP link will be sent to the graduating students and graduate faculty.

Group Photo

The group photo will be taken at 2:45 p.m. on the Old Main steps. You should bring your regalia to the reception. We will have a coat rack available for you to use. Following the photo, students may depart to the Bryce Jordan Center in preparation for the commencement ceremony.


All graduating students should check in at the Bryce Jordan Center no later than 3:30 p.m. (recommended at least 1 hour prior) to the 4:30 p.m. ceremony start time.

Master’s Candidates: Enter Gate B; then enter the event floor via Portal 15. Please wear your academic regalia, including hood. After checking in and picking up name cards, masters candidates will join other graduates by college in the main arena.

Doctoral Candidates: Report to the Auxiliary Gym of the Bryce Jordan Center. Enter Portal 15 and, once on the event floor, ushers will direct you to the Auxiliary Gym where you will pick up your name card. Please wear your academic regalia (the hood will be carried over the left arm, and hooding will take place during the ceremony). Faculty advisers for doctoral candidates should meet their advisees in the Auxiliary Gym. Doctoral candidates and their faculty escorts will be paired for the processional and will be seated together. Doctoral candidates who do not have a faculty escort should inform the University Marshal at check-in.

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Reception: Visitors may park in the HUB Parking Deck just off of Shortlidge Road for a nominal fee of $1/hour. Other on campus options can be found at PSU – University Park.

Ceremony: Bryce Jordan Center Commencement Parking Interactive Map
General parking will be available in Stadium West and Jordan East. Guests should enter Gates A, B, or C. Degree candidates should enter Gate B, Portal 15. There is no fee for parking.

Parking for guests with disabilities is available. Parking attendants will be on duty to guide guests to the appropriate areas. The driver may drop the passenger off at the Founders Lounge entrance and then park the vehicle. No parking placards are needed for this lot, and there is no fee for parking.


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