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Commencement 2015



All students must fill out the “Commencement Information Form” (CIF) by April 10.

If you will not be attending Commencement, please mark the appropriate box on the CIF.


Commencement activities will begin on Friday, May 15, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with receptions for graduates, their families and guests in Carlisle and University Park.

Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m. in University Park at Eisenhower Auditorium and in Carlisle at Lewis Katz Hall. The ceremony will last about 90 minutes. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates, their families and guests in each location.


We want to make sure your name is pronounced correctly at Commencement.  By Friday, April 10, please call (717) 240-5121, wait for the voicemail message, and then state your first name, middle name, and last name slowly, two times.


If you were not able to make it to be measured by the Jostens Representative, You may order your tam and gown online. J.D. students should order the Doctorate gown, and LL.M. students should order the Masters gown.  The deadline for turning in tam and gown measurement information is March 19.

You will need to provide your height and head size. If you do not know your head size, measure the circumference of your head about an inch over your eyebrows with the tape snug but not too tight. If in question about the size, round up to the nearest quarter inch. Tape measures are available in the Student Services Offices at both locations to assist in determining your hat size.

The cost for the tam and gown rental is $42. The Law School will provide your hood, which you keep. No additional adornment or modification to academic regalia is permitted other than a dual degree cord (detailed below).

Commencement regalia will be delivered to each campus location on or about April 28 and you will be notified by e-mail when and where your regalia may be picked up. Rental tams and gowns may be returned at the Katz Building or Katz Hall following Commencement on May 16 or directly to the Penn State Bookstore.

As a reminder, your student representatives for Commencement are Gabby Grosso in Carlisle and Rebecca Salko in University Park.  


If you are receiving a dual degree (completing all of the degree requirements in another discipline during the same semester as your law degree) and would like to purchase a cord indicating the joint degree, please call the Bookstore directly (814-863-2512) to order. The additional cost is $15. We will give a list to the Bookstore indicating which students are eligible for the joint degree cord. If your name is not on that list and you believe you are eligible to wear the cord, please contact the law school Registrar for confirmation.


Your J.D. diploma will be mailed to the permanent address you have on eLion. Please be sure to verify (and update if necessary) your permanent address on eLion, by June 30th. 


It has been a tradition at Commencement to permit Law School alumni to be on stage when the Dean presents the diploma to graduates in their immediate families. If you have a parent, grandparent, sibling, or spouse who is an alumnus or alumna of the Law School and who you would like to have on stage with you when you receive your diploma, you are invited to contact Assistant Dean Russell Shaffer no later than April 3. Your family member will then receive appropriate instructions on participating.


Photographers from GradImages™ will be at each commencement ceremony to take photographs of students as they individually approach, cross and exit the stage. GradImages will contact students with an offer for a free 5 x 7 and an opportunity to purchase additional photos. If you need more information concerning photography by GradImages, please visit their website. Family members taking photos or videos during the ceremony will be limited to areas behind the student seating. No one will be permitted in the aisles during the processional and recessional.


If you are looking for lodging information for commencement weekend, we have arranged with the following area hotels to block off rooms at a special rate.  In order to secure the Law School’s rate, you are encouraged to book your rooms well in advance.

University Park

Marriott Spring Hill Suites
1935 Waddle Road
State College, PA 16803
$109.00/night + tax
Group Code: Penn State University
Make reservations until 4/15/15

Holiday Inn Express
1925 Waddle Road
State College, PA 16803
$94.00/night + tax
Group Code: Penn State University
Make reservations until 4/15/15

Country Inn & Suites
1357 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801
(814) 234-6000
$109.00/night + tax
Group Code – PSU Law Commencement
Make reservations until 4/22/15

Hilton Garden Inn
1221 East College Avenue
State College, PA  16801
(814) 272-1221
$109.00/night + tax
Group Code: PSL
Make reservations until 4/22/15

Ramada Conference Center State College
1450 S. Atherton Street
State College, PA  16801
(814) 238-3001
$71.00/night + tax
Group Code: DSL
Make reservations until 4/15/15

Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
One Country Club Lane
State College, PA  16803
(814) 234-8000
$119.00/night + tax
Group Code: DSL
Make reservations until 4/15/15

Carlisle – all reservations need to be made by 4/16/14

Comfort Suites
10 Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA
$229.00/night + tax
2014 PSU Dickinson School of Law Graduation

Country Inn & Suites
1529 Commerce Ave.
Carlisle, PA  17015
Available for Friday Only
$ 149.00/night + tax     
Penn State University Graduation

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
4915 Ritter Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
$149.00/night + tax