Wharton Undergraduate Graduation

Wharton Undergraduate Ceremony

Sunday, May 14, 2023
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Palestra | 235 South 33rd Street

Please note that guests will not need tickets to attend; however, students will need to register to participate in the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. More information will be posted on this page and emailed to the senior class in early March.

Ceremony Information for Graduates and Guests

Wharton Ceremony Information for Student Graduates

Students who wish to participate in the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony will be required to register in March/April.

On Sunday, May 14, graduates must assemble in the Tse Center at the Palestra at 7:30 a.m. to prepare for the ceremony. Graduates must arrive with academic regalia (cap and gown) to participate.

Graduates can purchase regalia at the Penn Bookstore during Grad Week in March. More information will be posted here.

Information for Graduating International Students

Visit the Information for Graduating International Students page for more about:

  • Post-Completion OPT
  • Types of degree-completion-status verification letters that May 2023 graduates may request

Wharton Ceremony Information for Guests

Travel and accommodations information

Campus map

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. Tickets are not required for general admission.

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

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 tickets for limited mobility/wheelchair seating through the Graduation Registration system (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.

The day of the ceremony, guests with limited mobility can 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.

 

 

Webcast

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.

Diplomas

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.

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