Information for Graduating International Students

Family Attendance at Graduation Events

International students whose family members are applying for visitor visas to travel to the US to attend the graduation ceremonies can request an invitation letter in support of these applications from International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) via iPenn.

U.S. citizens whose family members are applying for visitor visas to travel to the US to attend the graduation ceremonies should contact the Office of the University Secretary (1 College Hall, Room 211; 215.898.7005) for an invitation letter.

Post-Completion OPT

International graduating Wharton seniors* applying for post-completion OPT should review the information on the ISSS website and take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Make sure your academic-planning worksheet is up-to-date in Penn InTouch. If updates are needed, contact your assigned academic advisor.
  • Step 2: Follow instructions on the ISSS website to apply for OPT.

ISSS will then process your request. Any questions, other than about your academic-planning worksheet, should be directed to ISSS.

 * Dual-degree students should contact their home school advisor for OPT recommendations.

Request for Expected Degree Completion Verification

If an employer requires verification of your degree completion status, submit a request here.

Questions/Advising

For questions or concerns related to visa status, please visit International Student and Scholar Services at 3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W, or contact them at 215.898.4661.

For questions or concerns related to expected degree completion or graduation verification, please contact you academic advisor.