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Procedures Concerning Graduation

Following the Final Oral Examination, we ask graduates to provide future contact and employment information to the C I Graduate Program Office. Completion of the C I Ph.D. Graduate Information form is encouraged. 

Students are required to activate their intent to graduate on LionPathwithin the first two weeks of the semester in which graduation will occur. The Graduate School’s calendar of Important Dates provides an essential guide to upcoming deadlines. 

Commencement exercises for Penn State graduate students are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters and at the end of the summer session. Ph.D. graduates receive their diplomas during the ceremony. Doctoral students are escorted by the faculty member of their choice (typically, the dissertation adviser). Students who do not attend commencement receive their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas are mailed by the University Registrar, and mailing addresses should be updated on LionPATH.

Ph.D. Manual
Expectations, Credit Load, and Residency ○ Emphasis Areas, Dual-Title Degrees, and Minors ○ Roles of an Adviser ○ The Qualifying Examination ○ English Competence ○ Doctoral Committee Membership ○ Responsibilities of the Doctoral Committee ○ Plan of Study ○ Comprehensive Examination ○ Dissertation and Final Oral Examination ○ Procedures Concerning Graduation