Faculty and parents cheer as students process out of the commencement ceremony



Graduation Information for Students

The information on this site pertains to the Fall Commencement ceremony for Penn State Berks ONLY. If you plan to graduate from another campus location, please visit your campus website for more information.

Penn State Berks will offer a live feed on YouTube of the commencement ceremony for the benefit of our students’ family members who may not be able to attend the ceremony in person. The feed is available on our YouTube page starting at 7:25 p.m. and will be available after the ceremony ends. Call 610-396-6464 for help or with questions on the live stream.

Fall Commencement 2018

December 14, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Beaver Community Center

*In the event of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 15th at 10 a.m. in the Beaver Community Center. Information will be available via PSUAlert, the web, and the weather information line 610-396-6375.


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 fall 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 e-mail Maria Moceri.

Transcripts should be sent to:

Undergraduate Admissions 
Penn State University
201 Shields Building 
University Park, PA 16804-3000
Phone: 814-865-5471
Email: admissions@psu.edu

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.

View the tutorial for the “Apply for Graduation” process.

If you missed the activation deadline for your intended semester of graduation, you must contact the Graduation Coordinator in the Berks Registrar’s Office, Maria Moceri.


  • 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. Caps and gowns will not be available at the Beaver Community Center. Refer to our What to Wear section for clothing guidelines and links to ordering of your regalia.


Alternate Commencement Sites

If you would like to attend a commencement ceremony at a campus other than your assigned campus location, you must visit the Alternate Commencement Site. This form must be returned to the Graduation Coordinator in the Berks Registrar’s Office, Maria Moceri no later than the end of the eleventh week of the semester you are graduating. (November 2, 2018)


Graduation Information for Guests

Guest Tickets and Parking

  • No tickets are necessary for the commencement ceremony attendance.
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Refer to the Campus Map for parking information.
  • Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and attendees must arrive by 7:15 p.m. for seating.
  • Guests who need special accommodations may contact Marie Smith at 610-396-6010 no later than Thursday, December 6, 2018. Wheelchairs are not provided for guests. 


Graduation Information for Faculty

Faculty wishing to participate in the commencement ceremony should plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Report to Perkins Student Center MPR, which will be marked with a sign. Please dress in academic regalia for the ceremony. Event staff will be present to assist and position faculty in the academic processional.