Wharton Undergraduate Graduation

Watch the 2022 Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony, which took place at the Palestra in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Ceremony Information for Graduates and Guests

Graduation Ceremony Photos

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Wharton Ceremony Information for Student Graduates

Students who wish to participate in the Wharton Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony must register by Thursday, April 7.

An information session for Wharton seniors will be held May 11 at 11:30am in JMHH G06 to review all graduation procedures. On May 15, 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 and receive their Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during Grad Week – March 21-27, 2022. Regalia will still be available at the Penn Bookstore after March 27, although sizing becomes more limited especially the closer you get to Commencement. Detailed information is available on Grad Express.

If you are not currently on campus, you may order your regalia online and have it shipped directly to you. You must place your order by April 1, 2022, to receive the regalia by Commencement. Shipping fees apply. To order regalia, visit Grad Express.

Information for Graduating International Students

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

  • Family attendance at graduation and visitor visas
  • Post-Completion OPT
  • Types of degree-completion-status verification letters that May 2022 graduates may request

Wharton Ceremony Information for Guests

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Please note visitors to campus and University-sponsored events and gatherings must complete a PennOpen Campus pre-screening on the day they visit. They must present their Green Pass on request. Access information on how PennOpen Campus works.

Those living outside of the US should complete their PennOpen Campus upon arrival to campus, as its use may not be accessible in other countries.

The University requests that visitors not come physically to campus if they feel ill or have been recently exposed to a case of COVID-19. Although not required at this time, it’s strongly encouraged for visitors to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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

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 (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.

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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