Penn State Brandywine to celebrate fall graduates

Penn State Brandywine's Lion Shrine.

Soon-to-be graduates stroll past the Nittany Lion Shrine before one of Penn State Brandywine's past commencement ceremonies.

Credit: Mike McDade

Penn State Brandywine’s fall graduates will celebrate their milestone achievement at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 with a University-wide virtual commencement ceremony, preceded by video conferencing with campus faculty and staff at 1:15 p.m.

The ceremony will be livestreamed at The ceremony is expected to last about 45 minutes. For those who are not able to watch the virtual ceremony live, it will be recorded and available for later viewing.

The livestreamed ceremony will involve traditional ceremonial components, including formal remarks and conferral of degrees for undergraduate students at University Park and all Commonwealth Campuses, as well as for graduate students in The Graduate School.

Just prior to the University-wide virtual commencement ceremony, Penn State Brandywine graduates are invited to join with faculty and staff in Zoom rooms from 1:15-1:45 p.m. The rooms will be grouped by major.  Details for the Zoom rooms will be sent to all graduates by email.

As the virtual ceremony begins, graduates, family members and friends will be able to view a webpage created for Brandywine that will include a list of the fall graduates, as well as video messages from Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells, faculty and staff, and the graduates themselves. The site will also list graduates who have earned academic distinctions. The virtual commencement livestream site will include a link to Brandywine’s commencement web page, which will remain posted for one year.

Graduation caps and tassels are being mailed to all fall graduates. A printed commencement program will be mailed to graduates after the ceremony.

Graduates are encouraged to share photos of their in-home celebrations on social media using the hashtags #PSUgrad and #PSUBW2020. Graduates can also email photos to Brandywine’s Strategic Communications office at [email protected] for use in the campus’ social media.

While the coronavirus pandemic has led to the University offering a virtual fall commencement for the Class of 2020, Brandywine is planning to hold a celebration on campus when public health guidelines allow. Potential dates and details will be announced in the future as they become available.