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Penn State To Host Class Of 2020 Commencement Weekend Events Starting April 29

Well, Class of 2020. It might just finally be your time to shine.

After the Class of 2020’s original commencement ceremonies were moved online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State is finally set to recognize those seniors with a unique celebration weekend of their own. From April 29 to May 1, Class of 2020 graduates are invited back to Penn State’s campus to participate in a weekend full of events to finally commemorate their achievements and accomplishments as students.

The weekend will kick off with Penn State’s annual Movin On’ Festival starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the IM Fields. This year, Aminé, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Aces, and Jack Harlow are set to perform.

Penn State will also host two separate undergraduate commencement ceremonies on at 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 30, in the Bryce Jordan Center. The ceremonies, open to graduates who earned degrees from Penn State in the spring or summer of 2020, can attend. Those who already registered can walk the stage and hear their names read, too.

Another ceremony for graduate students will follow at 5:30 p.m. on April 30 in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The fun isn’t limited to just University Park students, though. A specific event for any World Campus or Commonwealth Campus graduates will also take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The open house-esque event will offer appetizers and refreshments, too.

Also on Saturday, free professional graduation photos will be available for alumni from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lion Shrine, the “We Are” statue, and Old Main. Saturday’s events will wrap up with a “Welcome Home Tailgate” hosted by the Penn State Alumni Association beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

On Sunday, May 1, any Schreyer Honors College alumni planning to attend the weekend’s events will have a chance to ring the gong and celebrate their accomplishments starting at 10 a.m. in Alumni Hall in the HUB.

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies hosted throughout the weekend, each academic college will host events throughout the weekend to celebrate their specific graduates. More information about these events can be found here or listed below.

College of Agricultural Sciences

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Forest Resources Building Lobby & Lawn

College of Arts and Architecture

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Korner Tower Terrace

Smeal College of Business

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Business Building

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Carnegie Building & Willard Building

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Deike Building, Ryan Family Student Center

College of Education

College of Engineering

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Foundry Park

College of Health and Human Development

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Health and Human Development Building and Patio

College of Information Sciences and Technology

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • North Lawn of Westgate Building

College of the Liberal Arts

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Pattee Mall

Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing Building

Eberly College of Science

  • Saturday, April 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Courtyard between Huck Life Sciences Building and Thomas Building

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a senior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]

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