Graduation Information and Action Items

Prior to the fall semester, the Undergraduate Division academic advisors conduct a rising-senior audit.  Students should review their degree audit in Path@Penn and follow up with their assigned academic advisor with any questions, concerns or changes in regard to degree requirements.

While advisors are available to provide guidance, students are responsible for understanding and fulfilling degree requirements and should inform an advisor in the Wharton Undergraduate Division of any changes. Failure to do so may result in delaying graduation.


The following must be completed and documented on your official record in order to graduate:

In addition, you must have achieved the required grade point averages (GPA) as specified below. There is no rounding up.

  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA overall
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in your four concentration courses*

* If you have two concentrations and have at least a 2.5 in one concentration but not the other, you will graduate with the concentration in which you have earned at least a 2.5. If you have one concentration and have not earned at least a 2.5 in the concentration, you will not be awarded a degree.

Part-Time Status

Seniors in the final semester of their undergraduate program may be designated as part time if they need 2.5 CUs or fewer to fulfill their degree requirements. To learn more about procedures and deadlines for declaring part-time status, visit the Part-Time Status for Seniors page.

Concentrations and Minors

It is your responsibility to make sure that your concentrations and any minors are posted accurately and in a timely fashion.

Students completing a minor, must declare by the end of the Course Selection Period in their last semester of study.

Grading Responsibilities

All grading must be completed in order to be granted your degree. You cannot have any open grades on your transcript—no incompletes (I), NR, GR, etc. Once your degree has been conferred and posted, no changes to the transcript will be permitted.

Dual-Degree Students

Candidates with the College, Engineering, or Nursing are strongly advised to consult with both schools in which they are enrolled regarding graduation policies and procedures, remaining degree requirements, etc.

Dual-degree students must complete the requirements of both schools in order to graduate.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are based on cumulative GPA at the time of graduation.

Complete the Graduation Application

In order to graduate and receive a diploma, candidates must submit a graduation application. More information about the process can be found here.

The Graduation Application will be available for Wharton undergraduate students by graduation term as follows:

  • Fall 2023: 8/29/2023 – 11/27/2023
  • Spring 2024: 1/11/2024 – 4/26/2024
  • Summer 2024: 6/11/2024 – 8/1/2024

Registration for the Wharton Graduation Ceremony will be done separately during the spring semester. Information will be emailed to students when available.

Register for the Wharton Graduation Ceremony

You must register to participate in the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2024.  Students who do not register will not have a seat reserved at the ceremony. The Graduation Registration form is where you indicate participation, register the name you would like read and displayed as you walk across the stage, and request tickets for any guests with limited mobility. Seniors will be emailed when the form opens in the spring.

Save the Date

Graduation Fair at the Penn Bookstore, March 20-22, 2024.

Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024.

The University of Pennsylvania’s 268th Commencement Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 20, 2024.


Penn issues diplomas three times each year, in May, August, and December. The diplomas of May graduates are mailed in late-July, the diplomas of August graduates are mailed in mid-October, and the diplomas of December graduates are mailed in late-February.

Please refer to The Office of the University Secretary for all information regarding diplomas and diploma name. Any questions about diplomas should also be directed to that office.