Celebrating the College Class of 2021

College Graduation recognizes the achievements of the graduating seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences. This year the College Celebration will be virtual and will include speeches from Dean Steven J. Fluharty and Dean Paul Sniegowski, as well as remarks from student speaker Justin Greenman and Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history and Africana studies Mary Frances Berry.  See more information HERE.

The Celebration will also feature a page with slides for each individual graduating student with their name, major, and a photo and message, if submitted. This page will be searchable by both name and major. 

The Celebration will be premiering HERE on May 17, 2021, 1:00 p.m. and will be available until July 1.


The University Commencement for graduating seniors only will be held in person on the morning of Monday, May 17 at Franklin Field. For more information about this ceremony, please see the Commencement website.

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General Information

As part of the College celebration, students will be able to upload photos and personal messages to appear on a slide with their name and major. These slides will comprise a website which will be viewable after 1 p.m. on May 17 through July 1. (Note: This is separate from the application for graduation which was emailed to those students who are academically graduating in Spring 2021.)

Students are eligible to participate in the College celebration if they expect to graduate at the end of:

  • the fall or spring term 
  • the summer following 
  • the fall term following, provided they need no more than 4 c.u. to complete their academic program. These students must meet with an advisor in the College Office to confirm their eligibility.

All students must wear academic regalia available at the Penn Bookstore if they wish to participate in the University Commencement.

Students must wear their cap and gown on Monday for the University Commencement and should arrive already robed.

To wear the hood and motarboard properly:

  • Put hood on over head with velvet side up and with small tapered end in front.
  • If hood has a cord and button, attach the hood neck cord over shirt button before closing gown, to prevent hood from riding against neck.
  • Obtain assistance to secure cord across the back to keep the back of hood together.
  • The PENN colors are turned outward out to show the red and the blue.
  • The mortarboard should be worn level on your head and not set back. Put the tassel on the right of the mortarboard until University Commencement on Monday.