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SAVE THE DATE: Monday, May 15, 2017

Each year, the School of Nursing celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class with a special School of Nursing ceremony following the University Commencement.Penn Campus Commencement 2016

Graduates: Please check this page regularly beginning in March for important information and updates!

General schedule

9:00 am University Commencement Procession
Graduates interested in processing should meet on Locust Walk no later than 8:45am
Locust Walk​
10:15 am University Commencement
Franklin Field Gates open to guests at 8:30am
Franklin Field
12:00 pm School of Nursing Reception
Graduates and families are cordially invited to join the School of Nursing faculty and staff for a reception to celebrate the graduating class!
Claire Fagin Hall
Carol Ware Lobby
6:00 pm Graduates Arrive at Kimmel Center
All graduates must check-in at the Comcast Room no later than 6 pm to participate in the School of Nursing ceremony.
Kimmel Center
Comcast Room
7:00 pm School of Nursing Commencement Kimmel Center
Verizon Hall

Checklist for graduates

Apply for Graduation

All graduating students must complete the Graduation Application regardless of whether or not they plan to attend the ceremony.

Apply for Graduation

Register for Tickets to Graduation
Get tickets
RSVP to Graduation Reception
RSVP to Graduation Reception
Order Academic Regalia
Graduates must order their regalia through Penn Bookstore in mid-March. It will be available for pick-up the week prior to Commencement.
Order Nursing Pin — Optional

As part of the Commencement Ceremony for the School of Nursing, students can be “pinned” as they walk across the stage as a formal recognition that they are graduates. Typically, BSN students are pinned by members of the faculty and MSN students are pinned by their Program Director. 

Students have the option to be pinned by a family member who is a School of Nursing alumnus, a reflection of their legacy at Penn Nursing. If you have a family member who is an alum and would like them to pin you at the ceremony, please email by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Students are not required to purchase a pin, and some choose not to do so. Pin order deadline is Friday, March 24, 2017.

Order a Graduation Pin 

Pick up Graduation Tickets & Invitations

University Commencement

The University supplies each graduating student with eight (8) invitations and envelopes for mailing them to family and friends. These invitations will be available in the Office of Student Services (Claire M. Fagin Hall, Suite M-18) in early April and are intended to be announcements only. Tickets are not required for the University Commencement ceremony.

School of Nursing Commencement

Tickets are required for the School of Nursing Ceremony and the Kimmel Center will be collecting tickets from all guests. Individuals who do not have a ticket will not be admitted. 
Tickets and Graduation Announcements will be available in the Office of Student Services (Claire M. Fagin Hall, Suite M-18) in early April and are intended to be announcements only.

Important day-of information

Graduates must assemble in the Comcast Room at the Kimmel Center by 6 pm with their caps and gowns. 

Graduation speakers

Graduating students are invited to submit nominations for the BSN, MSN, and PhD student speakers. All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the Commencement Committee in early spring.

Other information for guests

Accommodations for persons with disabilities

We will make special arrangements at the School of Nursing commencement ceremony for your guests. Please let us know their needs, including if a guest will be in a wheelchair, by emailing no later than March 21, so we can make the necessary accommodations. We are unable to provide transportation or wheelchairs. Please also visit for more information on the venue.

Directions and Parking

The entrance to the Kimmel Center parking garage is located just south of the building’s Broad Street entrance and can be accessed only by cars traveling south on Broad Street. For Kimmel Center garage fees, a map of other parking garages in the area, and directions, please refer to  


The School of Nursing arranges for a professional photographer to attend graduation and photograph each graduate as they cross the stage.

  • BSN and MSN graduate photos will be taken as they are congratulated by Dean Villarruel. 
  • PhD graduate photos will be taken during your hooding by your faculty member and Dean Villarruel.

You will receive proofs directly from the photographer in the mail at your permanent address approximately two to three weeks after graduation. You are under NO OBLIGATION to purchase any photographs. 

University Commencement

The University Commencement ceremony will begin at approximately 10:15am at Franklin Field. Degree candidates assemble prior to this time for procession to the ceremony. For full details on the University Commencement Ceremony, please visit: The Penn Parents Program also provides some helpful information for parents of seniors.