The information on this site pertains to the Fall 2022 Commencement ceremonies for Penn State Berks.
Penn State Berks will offer a live feed on YouTube of the commencement ceremony for the benefit of our students’ family and friends who may not be able to attend the ceremony in person. The feed is available on our YouTube page starting 5 minutes prior to each ceremony and will be available after the ceremony ends. Call 610-396-6464 for help or with questions on the live feed.
Fall Commencement 2022
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Graduates must register in advance to participation in the commencement ceremony. The deadline to register is December 1, 2022.
700 Penn St
Reading, PA 19602
Preparing for Commencement in 3 Easy Steps
Step 1: Meet with Your Adviser
Use LionPATH to request a current degree audit and review it with your academic adviser. You should meet with your adviser during the semester prior to the semester when you intend to graduate. If you plan to graduate at the end of the spring semester, meet with your academic adviser at the beginning of the spring semester. This will ensure that you are on track to meet all degree requirements. If you are missing course, credit, or grade requirements, you will NOT be able to graduate. You cannot graduate with missing or deferred grades.
Please Note: It is preferable to avoid taking classes at another institution during your intended semester of graduation. If you do, you must ensure that Penn State receives your official transcript with the grades on time. If courses are not posted to your transcript on time, graduation will be postponed to the following semester. To inquire about graduation deadlines, please email Elyce Kaplan at [email protected].
Transcripts should be sent to:
Transfer Admissions Counselor
Perkins Student Center, 13
P.O. Box 7009
Reading, PA 19610
Step 2: “Apply for Graduation” on LionPATH
During the Intent to Graduate Activation period (refer to the Academic Calendar) at the beginning of the semester in which you plan to graduate, apply for graduation through the LionPATH Student Center.
If you missed the activation deadline for your intended semester of graduation, you must contact the Graduation Coordinator in the Berks Registrar’s Office, Elyce Kaplan.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT APPLYING TO GRADUATE
- Please review the Graduation Requirements policy to ensure your eligibility to attend commencement.
- Printed programs that contain a list of graduating students are distributed at the ceremony. If your intent to graduate is activated after the commencement program has been sent to the printer, your name will not appear in the program.
- Your correct home and local addresses are needed for pertinent graduation information, including diplomas. Confirm and/or update your address on LionPATH at this time.
Step 3: Purchase academic regalia (cap and gown)
Academic regalia must be worn to participate in the commencement ceremony. You may purchase your cap and gown at the Graduation Salute event on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26, from 11 am – 3 pm in the campus bookstore. At that time, a professional photographer will be present to take photos of the graduates in their caps and gowns. If you have questions about ordering regalia, call 610-396-6100 or via email at [email protected]
Please refer to our What to Wear section for additional clothing guidelines.
Please Note: There will NOT be a professional photographer on site to take individual photographs of each graduate at the commencement ceremony.
- Refer to the Santander Arena website for parking information.
- Guests who need special accommodations may contact the Santander Arena Information Desk at 610-898-7469.
Please do not attend an in-person ceremony if within the last 5 days you think you have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting test results or have tested positive for COVID-19.