Commencement Weekend
May 13 - 15, 2016

Commencement Ceremony

Event Details

Sunday, May 15, 2016
The tentative start time is 9:30 a.m.
The location is to be announced.

Event Description

President Richard H. Brodhead will preside over the one hundred sixty-fourth commencement ceremony for members of the class of 2016. The ceremony will conclude by approximately 11:30 a.m., and many departmental ceremonies follow in the afternoon.

Ceremonies Hosted by Schools and Departments

Degrees are officially conferred at the university-wide commencement ceremony, but diplomas are distributed by departments and schools either by mail or at separate events throughout commencement weekend. Most departmental ceremonies take place on Sunday afternoon between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and they typically include the distribution of diplomas and a light reception. A full schedule of these events will be available in January 2016.


Tickets are not required for this event.


The commencement ceremony is held outdoors, and there are limited shaded areas. The ceremony will be shortened and/or delayed in the event of persistent rain and may be canceled if weather is severe. Lightning, torrential downpour, tornadoes, and tropical storms may qualify as severe weather.


Guests who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony may view it via live streaming.