All degree requirements must be completed within a five-year period after admission to MSN degree standing.  All degree requirements must be completed within a six-year period after admission to DNP degree standing. Candidates who are unable to meet this requirement must petition for an extension to the Academic Standards and Progressions Committee. Any additional requirements in effect at the time of re-evaluation must be completed.

All failing (“F”) and Incomplete grades must be cleared or completed by graduation day or the student’s name will be removed from the graduation list. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. All University balances must be paid in full.


Applications for diplomas will be emailed to students during the academic year. Students must complete the online applications according to the instructions.


Each year, the School of Nursing celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class with a special School of Nursing ceremony following the University Commencement at Franklin Field.


Diplomas are granted by the University of Pennsylvania. Students will receive their diplomas in the mail.

Corrections to diplomas should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Secretary. A fee will be charged for all changes on diplomas.

Students with outstanding University balances, incompletes, “NR” or uncleared “F” grades at the time of graduation will not be able to obtain their diplomas nor will they be able to obtain any official transcripts or other University information until the balances are paid in full.

Graduation Awards 

Students are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for Penn Nursing Student Awards.  More information about the nomination process will be disseminated to students during the academic year.