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Penn State is a top-ranked research university and Pennsylvania's sole land-grant institution, founded with a mission of high-quality teaching, expert research, and global service. Discover a community—more than 725,000 strong—driven to make a difference.

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Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement

In addition to the various in-person ceremonies hosted across the Commonwealth, Penn State is hosting a University-wide virtual ceremony to help make commencement accessible for all students and their loved ones. The virtual ceremony will celebrate all undergraduate and graduate students at Commonwealth Campuses, University Park, and World Campus — including those also attending an in-person ceremony.

Click the link below to view the ceremony on Sunday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

WATCH CEREMONY

A Globally Recognized Degree

This spring, Penn State expects to award approximately 14,400 degrees, including 206 associate, 11,807 baccalaureate, 1,756 master's, 214 law, 236 doctoral, and 183 medical degrees. The experiences and knowledge these graduates have gained at Penn State will form the foundation for the future they want to build.

14,400

Diplomas expected to be awarded to students University-wide this weekend.

#5

Ranking for best-trained graduates (tied with MIT).

#2

University for producing CEOs, according to a 2019 LinkedIn study.

We Are

The following video shows an image of the Nittany Lion Shrine then transitions to a montage of various scenes representing the Penn State student experience both on and off-campus. This includes scenes of students working together in various meeting spaces, students in research labs, a student working remotely on a military barracks, a student in the library, in an art studio, a rehearsal room, students dancing at THON, a student in a greenhouse, a student diving off a diving board, as well as scenes of students walking on various Penn State campuses. Included throughout are scenes of Penn State's campuses and Pennsylvania cities. Interspersed with these scenes is the following message: "There’s something about Penn State that turns the 'I' in 'We.' Together, we are hopeful, strong, and driven. We are empathetic, forgiving, and grateful. We are ambitious, successful, and wise. We are challenged and tested, but we are resilient and brave. We leave but we always remain. We are one community. Today. Tomorrow. Together. We are the class of 2021."