The University awards degrees three times a year: in May, August, and December. Students must sign up for degree well in advance. Anne-Cara Apple in BGS emails all students and coordinators about the specific deadlines and the process as soon as the exact deadlines are known. Students may now sign up online. For more information you can visit the complete Degree Calendars and the Doctoral Dissertation Manual.
BGS conducts a Commencement Ceremony immediately after the University ceremony each May. Students who graduate in August and December are invited to return for the May ceremony.
Since May 2011, BGS has featured a hooding ceremony as part of Graduation and Academic Regalia is required for all participating graduates and faculty. Students may order regalia from the Penn Bookstore. The Bookstore will host a Graduation Fair March 16, 17, and 18, 2016 on the second floor of the bookstore; regalia can be ordered during that time. Regalia questions can be answered by calling the bookstore at 215-898-7592. Click here for additional facts and questions regarding academic regalia.