Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, May 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Procession begins at 8:50 a.m.)
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 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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Ceremony Information for Student Graduates
Graduates must assemble at Hutchinson Court at 7:45 a.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Graduates must arrive with academic regalia (cap and gown) to participate. An information session for Wharton seniors will be held on May 9 to review all graduation procedures.
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 >>
Invitations for the University commencement ceremony will be available in the Undergraduate Division Office, JMHH G95, in early April. Each student is allowed eight (8) invitations for the University Commencement.
Tickets are not required to attend the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. Graduates will be able to request general admission tickets for limited mobility, and 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.
Limited Mobility/Wheelchair Seating
Seating is available for guests who use wheelchairs, as well as for those with limited physical mobility or medical conditions. 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.
Information for Graduating International Students
Visit the Information for Graduating International Students page for more about:
- Family attendance and visitor visas
- Graduation verification and H-1B visa applications
- Types of letters that May 2018 graduates may request
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 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 >>