Seniors: Here’s What You Need To Do Before You Graduate

By the time you get to the second of semester of senior year, you kind of feel like that kid who always walked “the mile” in high school — you’re getting it done but you really don’t give a shit.

Waking up for class is harder than ever, and all you really want to do is enjoy the time you have left with the people you’ve spent the last four years getting to know. Unfortunately, you do have to go to class and there’s actually a lot to do before the big day in May. We’ve put together a guide with some major deadlines to make your life a bit easier.

File Your Intent to Graduate: Jan. 26

In case you haven’t been reminded by the recent hoards of eLion screenshots posted by seniors on social media, there are only a few more days to file your Intent to Graduate. It takes about two seconds, so head over to eLion before the deadline is up.


Senior Checkout: As Soon As Possible 

There’s no official deadline on this, but if you haven’t met with an advisor to make sure you’ve met your graduation requirements, you should probably get on that. The last thing you want is to find out late in the semester that you’re actually three credits short of graduating.


Get to Work on the Senior Year Bucket List: Soonish

From eating your last slice of Canyon to getting kicked out of a bar, there are over 60 items on Onward State’s Official Senior Year Bucket List, so it’s probably best you start now.

career services

Start the Job Hunt: January

Penn State has tons of services available to students to help in your job hunt. Many advisors suggest the seniors should start applying for jobs in January, so it’s time to start your hunt! Luckily, we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate all the career services available to students.


Buy Your Cap and Gown: April

Most students need a navy blue cap and gown to graduate. If you’re buying from the Penn State Bookstore, it’s going to take a couple weeks to process your order, so don’t leave it until the last minute. You can also buy your cap and gown from the Student Book Store.


Actually Graduate: May 8-10

You’ve put in four years (or more) of hard work, and now it’s time to leave the cozy bubble of Penn State for the real world. Just mentally prepare yourself for relatives asking, “So what are you planning on doing?” for at least six months post-grad.

That’s it, guys! Just a few more months and you’ll be out of here. Just remember all these deadlines and you should be good to go come May.

Image: Michael Misciagno/Onward State

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Sarah Caskie

Sarah is a senior majoring in Journalism. She can usually be found at Saint’s looking up cat videos, or writing about music and stuff. She can be reached on Twitter at @classycaskie or via email at [email protected].

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