Commencement ceremonies, which are held every fall and spring, are public recognition of our students' accomplishments. Since the inaugural class of 1960, more than 11,000 alumni have attended Penn State New Kensington and earned a Penn State degree.
Important dates and deadlines:
Intent to graduate activation period for Fall 2015 expires on September 8, 2015. If you have not set your intent on eLion by this date, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Commencement rehearsal will be held in the Forum - Theatre - Date TBA
Fall 2015 commencement ceremony, Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the Forum Theater.
Important information for graduates:
This page provides important information for graduates and their families including:
- Commencement Speaker
- Guest information (directions, parking, and special needs)
- Bookstore information
- Academic attire
- Honors medals and pins
- The procession
- Alumni Association
FALL 2015 SPEAKER - TBA
SPRING 2015 SPEAKER - Dennis Yablonsky
Dennis Yablonsky became the CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its Affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – on March 24, 2009.
A native of the Pittsburgh region, Dennis is an experienced veteran of managing and leading entrepreneurial organizations – as a private business leader, a nonprofit economic development professional and a high-ranking appointed government official.
Serving as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) from 2003 to 2008, he developed a $3 billion economic stimulus program to support critical infrastructure, core communities and job-producing businesses. He also helped create the Governor’s $650 million energy fund aimed at reducing dependence on foreign oil and growing Pennsylvania’s energy economy.
Additional positions include being the founding CEO of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, and COO of software company Cincom Systems and CEO of the Carnegie Group, and a recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Point Park University for his leadership in the Pittsburgh region.
Friends and family of the graduates are very welcome at the Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate is encouraged to invite their family and friends to participate in their special day. Floor seating will be available for our guests with special needs; and handicapped parking spaces are designated in the front row of our Athletics Center parking lot for Spring graduations, and in the front near the main entrance for Fall ceremonies.
Academic regalia (Cap and Gown) is available through our Bookstore. It is now made of "green" biodegradable material. Please order your regalia early. See details below under Academic Attire.
Print ready Penn State graduation announcements, invitations and thank-you cards are available online at: http://www.overlypub.com/. Class rings and jewelry can be ordered through the bookstore and are also available for purchase on the Jostens website at: http://college.jostens.com/.
The bookstore will be open special hours for your graduation needs, gifts, or just to browse. For additional information, you may contact the bookstore at: 724-334-6170.
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In observance of tradition, all participants in the Commencement Ceremony will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown and mortarboard (cap) with tassel. Caps and gowns must be ordered from the Penn State New Kensington Bookstore. You can contact the Bookstore at 724-334-6170.
Wear the tassel of the cap forward and to the right until you are signaled at the ceremony to shift it to the left when the degrees are conferred. Business or business casual attire is recommended.
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Graduating students may only wear one approved honor medal or pin to commencement. The following are pre-approved honor medals or pins:
- Kappa Delta Pi – Honor Society in Education
- Psi Chi – Honor Society in Psychology
- Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society
- Penn State Schreyer Honors College Medal
Graduates in their caps and gowns will assemble in advance. The procession will be led by the Faculty Marshal, the Chancellor, the Director of Academic Affairs, visiting dignitaries, faculty and staff, and then the graduates.
Graduates will have their diplomas mailed to their address listed on eLion. You should verify the name to be printed on the diploma via eLion, or you check your information with the Registrar’s Office on campus. If the alternate site form is filed correctly and timely, students from other campuses may participate in our commencement ceremony.
Note: Special inks are used in the printing of the diplomas. Do not store your diploma in a cedar chest.
Distinction at graduation is awarded to baccalaureate degree candidates with:
- at least 60 credits (30 credits for associate degree candidates) earned at Penn State
- minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average
- are in the top 12% of a college's graduating class
The distinction table is created in September for the coming fall, spring semesters and summer session, based on the grade-point average information of previous graduates.
Distinction levels for your degree can be found at: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/graduation/distinction.cfm
A transcript is the University’s official statement of your academic record. Please visit the Office of the Registrar for additional information and instructions on how to request an official transcript.
Your connection with Penn State does not end at graduation. Join over 150,000 Penn State supporters by becoming a member of the largest alumni association in the country, and keep that Blue and White spirit alive! The local alumni organization based on our campus is the Alle-Kiski Society. The society represents more than 7,000 Penn Staters living the Alle-Kiski valley. For more information on the Alle-Kiski Society, call 724-334-6049 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm.
For more information on the Penn State Alumni Association, visit: http://www.alumni.psu.edu/.