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Commencement 2016


Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. in University Park at Eisenhower Auditorium. The ceremony will last about 90 minutes. Tickets are not required.  Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates, their families and guests.


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 4. Your family member will then receive appropriate instructions on participating.


Photographers from GradImages™ will be at the 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

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Mary Beth Aber at 814-867-2808 in advance of your participation or visit.


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