• Recognizing the need to stay safe and the uncertain status of the coronavirus pandemic, we are postponing May commencement, including all university-wide, college, and departmental ceremonies, and will offer graduates the chance to participate in an on-campus commencement during the fall 2020 semester. Read more about the decision to postpone commencement.

    For details about academics and other decisions in this unusual time, please visit our page about the coronavirus.

  • For the May 2020 undergraduate commencement ceremonies, each undergraduate student eligible for graduation is guaranteed up to six (6) main arena tickets. Tickets are free.

    Only undergraduate students who have applied for graduation and who have confirmed their attendance for the university’s main ceremonies will be able to claim their tickets and participate in the computerized lottery for any additional tickets.

  • In Brief

    • Tickets are required for those attending Undergraduate Commencement (associate’s and bachelor’s degrees).

    • No tickets are needed for Graduate Commencement (master’s and doctoral degrees).

    • Graduating students do not need a ticket.

    • Students who confirm their attendance for graduation by 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020, will be able to claim up to six tickets for their guests.

    • Each ticket will allocate one (1) general admission seat in the arena seating area.

    • All tickets are general admission, so guests are encouraged to arrive early and enter together in order to be assured seating together. Seat saving is not permitted; ushers will be filling all open seats as the arena fills.

    • Tickets will be sent to graduates electronically as part of the online process and must be printed and distributed to guests by the student in advance of the ceremony.

    • Only one copy of each ticket can be used for admission. The first ticket to be scanned will be granted entry. Duplicate copies will be invalid.

    • Tickets are free and cannot be “sold.” If someone is found to be “selling” tickets, disciplinary action will be taken by the university.

    • Students graduating do not need a ticket. Students who are graduating and attending the ceremony will be checked in during the procession lineup.

    • Handicapped accessible seating is available. Those seats are to be counted in the six-ticket-per-undergraduate allocation.

    • Children under three who can be seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket, but they must remain there during the ceremony.

    The deadline to confirm attendance for one of the two university undergraduate ceremonies is 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

    Any student that misses a deadline will have to go through the appeals process with the Kovalchick Complex Box Office. If you missed a deadline and still wish to receive tickets for your guests, you will need to follow this link to submit the appeal. The deadline to appeal is Friday, April 24 at 11:00 p.m. After submitting your request, you will be provided with additional information regarding the status of your appeal within five to 10 business days

    Beginning the week of March 23, 2020, each student who confirmed their attendance for university commencement will be sent an email with instructions on how to claim their initial up-to-six guest tickets. Tickets may be claimed through the online process beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

    Also, at the time of attendance confirmation, students will be asked if they want to be included in the computerized lottery that will take place from April 16 to April 23. The computerized lottery will be only for those who confirmed their attendance by the deadline and only if there are any leftover tickets. During the week of April 27, students who were awarded tickets through the computerized lottery will be sent an additional email to their IUP account with instructions on how to claim these tickets.

    The first morning ceremony will be at 9:00 a.m. on May 9, 2020, for undergraduate students from the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Health and Human Services and for students in the Public Health major in the Academic Affairs Division. The second (or afternoon) ceremony will be at 2:00 p.m. for undergraduate students from the College of Education and Communications, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

    The University Commencement Ceremony is the main event and the only event site. However, the university does provide a free live webcast of the undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2020. The webcasts can be viewed live on the university’s live stream YouTube channel. After the event, the video recorded during the live stream will be available to watch anytime. Each webcast will begin 15 minutes before the actual start of the ceremonies. Check the Commencement Webcast page for details.