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Commencement

The Penn GSE community looks forward to celebrating our master’s, Ed.D., and Ph.D. graduates at our own school-wide commencement ceremony. This year, we will continue our tradition virtually on May 15 so that all our students and families can safely celebrate this achievement from their homes around the world.

Applying to Graduate

When you apply to graduate, you inform Penn that you expect your diploma to be conferred for a given semester (e.g. spring, summer or fall). If you are applying after the deadline, please send an email to gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu to inform the office of your submission.

Ph.D. Students

** Please note you will be provided the link to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences application upon completion of the GSE application**

Ed.D., M.Phil.Ed and M.S.Ed. Students

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 8-10 weeks following the official degree conferral date (i.e., the date appearing on your diploma). Your diploma will be mailed once your degree has been posted by your school and if you are in good financial standing. You can confirm that your degree has been posted by logging into Penn InTouch. If your degree has not been posted, you should contact your school.

Diplomas will only be mailed to the permanent address or diploma address listed in Penn in Touch -> Profile, Privacy, and Emergency Information -> Address Information. The local address will not be used. If you are requesting that your diploma be mailed to your diploma address, please note the following dates.

  • For May diplomas, the diploma address should be valid from June 7 to September 30. Please update by June 7. 
  • For August diplomas, the diploma address should be valid from September 1 to November 30. Please update by September 1
  • For December diplomas, the diploma address should be valid from January 15 to March 31. Please update by January 15

Failure to update the diploma address prior to the dates listed above will result in the diploma being mailed to the permanent address. Once filled in, the diploma address will be used instead of the permanent address. No further action required.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Diploma Secretary is currently unable to offer the following services for grads: diploma pick up, expedited diploma processing, on-campus diploma pickup while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, or trackable express shipping. Full information on diplomas can be found here: https://secretary.upenn.edu/ceremonies/diplomas

Graduation FAQs

Why do I need to apply to graduate?

Students must apply to graduate to be eligible for the conferral of their degree and issuance of their diploma. Your degree will not be conferred if you don’t apply to graduate by the deadline in the GSE academic calendar.

Bookmark http://www.gse.upenn.edu/students where there are links to  "Apply to graduate" and "Commencement." Please check these pages for all the most current information; we frequently update them.

What about my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 8-10 weeks following the official degree conferral date (i.e., the date appearing on your diploma). Your diploma will be mailed once your degree has been posted by your school and if you are in good financial standing. You can confirm that your degree has been posted by logging into Penn InTouch. If your degree has not been posted, you should contact your school.

Diplomas will only be mailed to the permanent address or diploma address listed in PennInTouch -> Profile, Privacy, and Emergency Information -> Address Information. The local address will not be used. If you are requesting that your diploma be mailed to your diploma address, please note the following dates.

  • For May diplomas, the diploma address should begin no later than June 7 and end no earlier than September 30. The diploma address must be updated no later than June 7.
  • For August diplomas, the diploma address should begin no later than September 1 and end no earlier than November 30. The diploma address must be updated no later than September 1.
  • For December diplomas, the diploma address should begin no later than January 15 and end no earlier than March 31. The diploma address must be updated no later than January 15.

Failure to update the diploma address prior to the dates listed above will result in the diploma being mailed to the permanent address. Once filled in, the diploma address will be used instead of the permanent address. No further action required.

What happens to my GSE email account?

Your Penn email account remains available for two months after graduation. You will receive a notification in advance of the account being deleted. 

As a Penn alum, you are also eligible for an Alumni Gmail account with an address of @alumni.upenn.edu. Sign up for an Alumni account here

If your question is not answered here, please email gse-contactsa@gse.upenn.edu or call 215-898-6456 for questions regarding the Penn GSE ceremony. For questions regarding the Penn ceremony, please contact the Commencement Coordinator at either (215)898-7005 or seccoor@exchange.upenn.edu

Email and PennCard After Graduation

Please note that your email account will expire two months after your graduation date. Any other internal GSE IT resources and access, as well as Penn Card access, will expire immediately following your graduation.