50th-logo-newspage50th Anniversary Commencement | May 9, 2014

Commencement 2013 Awards and Slide Show 

Congratulations, Graduates.

The School of Graduate Professional Studies will celebrate its 24th annual Commencement on Friday, May 9, in a festive blue and white tent at the Penn State Great Valley campus in Malvern, Pa.

Students graduating in summer 2013, fall 2013, and spring 2014 are eligible to participate in this year’s ceremony.

Our annual Commencement Ceremony is a joyous time for students as well as their families and friends. It commemorates the completion of your educational goals and allows family and friends to participate in a celebration of that completion.We hope that all students graduating during the 2013-14 academic year will plan to participate in the ceremony.

All 2013-14 graduating students will receive a mailing in February 2014 detailing the Commencement Ceremony and the steps they must complete related to the planning for this important event. Spring graduating students will receive the information by email; summer and fall graduates will receive a hard copy mailing at their home address.

The information below highlights key points in that mailing. This information will be updated periodically, so check back often.

Event Details
The Commencement ceremony will take place as follows:

  • Management Division Programs:  7:00 p.m. Friday, May 9 (Graduates participating in this ceremony must be at the campus by 6:15 p.m. in order to prepare for the procession.)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Finance
  • Leadership Development
  • Education Division Programs:  7:00 p.m.  Friday, May 9 (Graduates participating in this ceremony must be at the campus by 6:15 p.m. in order to prepare for the procession.)
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education
  • Engineering Division Programs:  7:00 p.m. Friday, May 9 (Graduates participating in this ceremony must be at the campus by 6:15 p.m. in order to prepare for the procession.)
  • Engineering Management
  • Information Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony; all graduates and their guests are invited to attend.
  • Diplomas for spring graduates will be mailed from the University Registrar’s Office beginning in late May.

In order to help prepare for graduation and the Commencement ceremony, please complete the following steps:

Complete and submit the Commencement RSVP Form (available online in Februrary 2014)

  • We ask that all 2013-14 graduating students complete the Commencement “RSVP Form”, whether they plan to attend the ceremony or not. 
  • Click here to access the RSVP Form (available in February).  Complete the form and click “Submit” at the bottom.   Deadline for submission is Friday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Place your academic regalia order (indicate height for regalia) on the RSVP Form, and it will be forwarded to the Penn State Great Valley Bookstore for processing.
  • Additional instructions and information about Commencement will be sent to you after your “RSVP Form” is received. 
  • It is critical for the University to have your correct home and local address in order to mail pertinent graduation information and prepare diplomas. If you are a current student, you can check and update your address on eLion. Students who are not currently enrolled should contact the Penn State Great Valley Registrar's Office at 610-648-3275 to update their addresses.  Currently enrolled students also should check their Webmail frequently.
Commencement Ceremony Tickets
  • Tickets are required for all guests, including small children. 
  • Each graduate may obtain four tickets for seating.
  • Important:  You must submit a Commencement “RSVP Form” in order to qualify for tickets. Your RSVP Form must be received by Friday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. in the PSGV Registration Office or via electronic submission. 
  • Tickets will be distributed at Penn State Great Valley in the Registrar's Office beginning Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11.  Tickets may be picked up during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m., and on Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets also may be picked up on Saturday, April 12 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Tickets will be distributed only to participating students. Please show your Penn State student ID or other photo ID when picking up tickets.
Caps, Gowns, and Hoods
  • All graduating students who participate in the ceremony must wear the academic regalia appropriate for their degree status.
  • You should order your regalia on the Commencement RSVP Form (indicate your height).   
  • Cap, gown, and hood orders can be picked-up at the campus Bookstore during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in April (dates to be announced).  
  • The cost is $90 plus tax, and payment is due at the time of pick-up.  You may arrange to pre-pay and have your order shipped to you ($6.95) by contacting the Bookstore at 610-648-3213.
  • For more information, contact the Bookstore at 610-648-3213.  Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Class Rings, Diploma Frames
  • A representative from Josten’s will be in the lobby of the Main Building at Great Valley to assist you in purchasing a class ring on Monday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 8 from 5 to 8 p.m..
  • The Penn State Great Valley Bookstore carries diploma frames.
Commencement Ceremony
  • All graduating students who meet the deadline for indicating their intent to graduate will be listed in the Commencement program, which is distributed to all participants and guests during the ceremony. The deadline for Spring graduates to file an "Intent to Graduate", on eLion, is Monday, January 27.
  • The ceremony lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes and includes the following:
  • Invocation
  • Academic Procession
  • National Anthem
  • Welcome
  • Commencement Address
  • Authorization to Confer Degrees
  • Conferring of Degrees
  • Hooding of Graduates
  • Outstanding Student Achievement Awards
  • Student Speaker on behalf of the Graduates
  • Alumni Welcome
  • Alma Mater
  • Recessional

We are very proud of your accomplishments at the School of Graduate Professional Studies and hope that you will participate in your Commencement Ceremony!

If you have questions, please email the Commencement Office at gvcommencement@psu.edu.


Commencement 2013

Graduating students who gave their contact information directly to the photographers from Grad Images in the robing rooms will get their photo proofs automatically.

Students who did not give their contact information to the Grad Images photographers may now contact Grad Images to arrange to get their proofs. Please call the Grad Images customer service office at 1-800-261-2576.