Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, May 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Procession begins at 8:50 a.m.)
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Students whose last names begin with A – K are invited to the 1:30 p.m. ceremony
Students whose last names begin with L – Z are invited to the 3:00 p.m. ceremony
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Monday, May 18, 2020
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Wharton Ceremony Information for Student Graduates
Students who wish to participate in the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony must register by March 31.
An information session for Wharton seniors will be held in May to review all graduation procedures. On May 17, graduates must assemble at Hutchinson Court at 7:30 a.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Graduates must arrive with academic regalia (cap and gown) to participate.
Information for Graduating International Students
Visit the Information for Graduating International Students page for more about:
- Family attendance at graduation and visitor visas
- Graduation verification and H-1B visa applications
- Types of letters that May 2020 graduates may request prior to June 10
Wharton Ceremony Information for Guests
The Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony will be held at The Palestra, the University of Pennsylvania’s iconic arena. The Palestra is located on 33rd Street between South and Walnut Streets.
The student procession will start at 8:50 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately two hours.
For those unable to attend the ceremony in person, a live webcast of the event will be available on the Wharton website.
Ceremony Information for Guests with Limited Mobility
Limited Mobility Seating tickets for the ceremony must be requested through your Graduate.
Guests with limited mobility may be dropped off in front of Shoemaker Green on 33rd Street between South and Walnut Streets. There will be transportation via golf cart to the Palestra entrance. We recommend dropping off any guests with limited mobility before 8:15 a.m. Please be aware that the Palestra is bench seating. Due to space constraints, guests with disabilities who are seated in the limited-mobility seating area may be accompanied by one escort only.
Please note: Motorized scooters and wheelchairs are permitted in the Palestra. If anyone in your party uses these items, please bring them with you. We do not provide wheelchairs or scooters during commencement weekend. View a list of companies that rent wheelchairs >>
Wharton Ceremony Tickets (for limited mobility/wheelchair seating)
Tickets are not required to attend the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. However, special seating areas are available for guests who use wheelchairs, as well as for those with limited physical mobility or medical conditions, and tickets are required for these sections.
Graduates will be able to request general admission tickets for limited mobility/wheelchair seating through the Graduation Registration system beginning in mid-March (students will be notified via email when the system is up and running). The tickets will be distributed to graduates at the end of April. Please also note the following:
- Each guest with limited mobility may be accompanied by one escort only.
- If anyone in your party uses a wheelchair, please bring the wheelchair with you. We do not provide wheelchairs during commencement weekend. View a list of companies that rent wheelchairs >>
- Friends and family will also be able to view the ceremony via live webcast on the Wharton website.
A live webcast of the ceremony will be streamed on the Wharton website so that family and friends around the world can be included in the celebration. Please note that your computer will need to have Adobe Flash 10 or higher.
Photos of the Wharton Graduation Ceremony
Legacy Photographics will take photographs of each graduate as they shake hands with the Dean and as they exit the stage. There is no obligation to purchase pictures and each graduate will receive an email proof within 48 hours of the ceremony. For more information, call +1.800.447.2550 or visit www.legacyphoto.com.
Diplomas will be mailed to students by the Office of the Secretary of the University. Students typically receive their diplomas in the mail 2-3 months following their official graduation date. Students who need proof of graduation sooner may request an official transcript, verifying degree completion, from the Registrar’s Office. More Information >>