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ATTENTION Spring 2020 College of IST Graduates:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Penn State! This is a wonderful occasion not only for you and your family, but for all of us in the College of IST. The Spring 2020 commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m. at Pegula Ice Arena. The ceremony will be available via live streaming/video recording at https://www.commencement.psu.edu/.

COMMENCEMENT DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS

All College of IST students who have satisfied their requirements for graduation will be listed in the commencement program. If for any reason you do NOT want your name to appear in the program, you will need to inform the Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in writing by April 1 requesting to have your name omitted.

There is no admission fee to the ceremony and you may invite as many guests as you wish; tickets are not required, however with the College of IST growing, we ask that you please be reasonable in the number of guests in your party (suggested limit of six or fewer per graduate). Doors will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will end at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The ceremony will include:

  • Special remarks by the commencement speaker, Dr. Yiling Chen, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Conferral of degrees by President Barron
  • Individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage
  • A welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association by Mr. Luke Simonetti (IST ’07)

 

Guest Parking and Seating

Parking is free. Please refer to the parking map for College of IST guest parking and for ADA lots.  Be sure your driver knows you are in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, since there is another ceremony occurring at the same time.  Parking agents on duty will direct guests to park according to College.  Students enter Pegula Ice Arena at Gate C and families enter through Gate B (or Gate A for ADA lots). Guests who require door-to-door accommodations may use the Gate C entrance as a drop of spot ONLY in the turn-around by the door. NO guest/student parking will be permitted in the Gate C lot entrance. For an ADA access map of campus, visit http://transportation.psu.edu/sites/transportation/files/ada_access_map.pdf.

Seating accommodations are available within Pegula Ice Arena for guests with disabilities.  Although reservations are not required, early arrival is recommended.  NOTE: only one companion seat is provided adjacent to the accessible seat. Other family members may sit in the general seating area. 

Pegula Staff will be available to assist guests to the appropriate seating areas.  Doors will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, we ask our guests to please remain at their seats until the platform party, faculty, and graduates have left the arena floor. Students will directed from the arena floor to Gate C to exit the building; family members are asked to please plan to meet their graduate outside the building, using both gates A and B to exit.

 

Student Arrival Time and Nomenclator (Name) Cards

All graduates must check-in through the Gate C entrance to Pegula Ice Arena and be seated no later than 8:30 a.m.  Check-in will open at 7:30 a.m. You will be given a name card upon check-in to be used by the nomenclator to announce your name.  No student will be permitted to enter the Arena without a name card. Please do not mingle in the lobby, as it will become quite crowded. College of IST staff will direct you to the appropriate hallway and into the Arena. You may sit in any seat that is not marked as reserved. Note: your name card is the only item to carry to your seat.

Photographers from GradImages™ will be at each commencement ceremony to take photographs of students as they individually approach, cross, and exit the stage. If you are interested in being contacted by GradImages™, with an offer for a free 5 x 7 and an opportunity to purchase additional photos, please provide your U.S. mailing and email addresses on the reverse side of your name card. GradImages™ will be in touch with you soon after graduation.

 

Academic Dress

Academic dress or the uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces is required in order to participate in graduation exercises. Students may order and purchase their caps and gowns from the Penn State Bookstore. If you need assistance, please contact the Penn State Bookstore at 814-863-0206. The cap should be worn flat on your head, tassel on right front edge.  Due to the formality of this occasion and safety concerns regarding walking on the steps and stage, please wear appropriate footwear; flip flops, clogs, and loose fitting shoes are not recommended.  In addition it is requested that men wear slacks and a dress shirt with tie. For women, slacks with a blouse or dress is appropriate.  Please note: Ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for PSU academic ceremonies. DO NOT decorate your robe or mortarboard. Students will be checked by staff for correct academic regalia. 

 

Academic Distinction Cords

All graduating seniors who have earned academic distinction are eligible to receive an academic distinction cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies. Students who are graduating Summa Cum Laude will receive a blue and white cord, students who are graduating Magna Cum Laude will receive a blue cord, and students who are graduating Cum Laude will receive a white cord. Students will receive notification from the College of IST on how to receive their academic distinction cords. Distinction levels for cords and commencement programs are determined by the student’s cumulative GPA from the semester prior to declaring intent to graduate. If students earn a higher distinction level once final grades are received, then a new cord can be requested by contacting the College of IST Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies.​

Please Note: Diplomas and final official transcripts will reflect the distinction level based on the final overall cumulative grade point average.

Military Recognition

All graduating students who are military veterans, currently serving on active duty, in the reserve, or National Guard, or who will be granted a commission obtained through Penn State Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are eligible to receive a red, white and blue cord to wear with approved academic dress at commencement ceremonies.

Those personnel who have already been granted priority registration status are automatically eligible for an honor cord and may visit or contact (814-863-0465) the Office of Veteran’s Programs at 325 Boucke Building during normal business hours to receive it.  ROTC personnel may pick up their honor cord from their ROTC representative/office.  Those personnel who have not been granted priority registration, please visit this website for instructions on required proof of service and where to submit the required documentation:  http://equity.psu.edu/veterans/priorreghonorcord.

Students receiving commissions in the armed forces will stand with their classmates when the academic degree is conferred, and also when receiving acknowledgment as a group.

 

Individual Recognition of Graduates and Recessional

Following the conferral of degrees by President Barron (at which time students will be directed to switch their tassel from the right side of their cap to the left), the individual procession across stage will begin. University Marshals will direct students to leave their seats and walk to the right side aisle. Please wait to stand until the Marshal directs your row to do so. Take your name card with you when you leave your seat and be sure it is handed name side up to the University Marshal assisting the Nomenclator. Ascend the steps and shake hands with the Platform Party as you cross the stage. Continue off stage down the steps, where your photo will be taken by GradImages™.  Follow the Marshal’s directions to return to your row after your photo is taken. Please be very quiet at all times.

As instructed by Dean Andrew Sears, graduates will stand at their seats and recess down the center aisle, as directed by the University Marshals, following the platform party and faculty. Students will continue down the hallway, exiting through Gate C. Guests will be asked to stand and remain standing until the end of the recessional. Guests will be asked to stand and remain standing until the end of the recessional. Students should plan to meet their family members outside the building at exit doorways Gates A and B.

Note on Etiquette

It is the expectation that all students will remain on the floor until the conclusion of the ceremony out of respect for the importance and dignity of this occasion. Early departures are disruptive to other graduates and their families. Remaining to share equally in every graduate’s moment says much about who we are as a community of Penn Staters, and is a true demonstration of “WE ARE…PENN STATE.”
 

For More Information

Commencement information is also mailed to the student’s home address and PSU e-mail account. Specific information is also found at http://commencement.psu.edu and under the Links of Interest section below.  However, if you have additional questions, please contact the College of IST Spring Commencement Coordinator, Cindy Bierly at (814) 863-3450 or cqb2@psu.edu.

 

Spring 2020 Commencement Information Sheet (available soon)

 

SPRING 2020

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Pegula Ice Arena

Baccalaureate and Associate Degrees ceremony at University Park.

 

SUMMER 2020

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Baccalaureate and Associate Degrees ceremony at University Park.

 

FALL 2020

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Baccalaureate and Associate Degrees ceremony at University Park.

 

Links of Interest