Penn Graduate Student Center

Graduation Activities

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Citation Ceremony & Alumni Reception

Friday, May 15, 2015, 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Front (1st Floor)
Registration start: Sunday, April 05, 2015

All members of the Penn community and all graduate and professional alumni are invited to this reception.  Learn more about the graduate community at Penn, and help us honor the graduating student leaders who are receiving the President's & Provost's Citation for Exceptional Commitment to Graduate & Professional Student Life.  The 2015 recipients will be announced in March.

Graduation Breakfast

Monday, May 18, 2015, 07:45 AM - 09:00 AM
Common Room Front (1st Floor), Common Room Back (1st Floor)
Registration start: Monday, April 13, 2015

All graduating graduate and professional students and their families and friends are invited to a pre-commencement breakfast at the Grad Center. Bagels, pastries, and (of course) coffee and tea will be served. We'll help you with your robe and hood too!

The Grad Center makes a great meeting place for you and your loved ones following the commencement ceremony too.

Get information on the University's commencement ceremony.

Fun in Philadelphia

Here are some suggestions for fun things to do in Philadelphia with your family and friends during Commencement weekend.

For food lovers:
Lunch at Reading Terminal Market or the famous Italian Market
Cheese steaks at Pat’s, Geno’s, or Jim’s Steaks in South Philadelphia
Tour Philadelphia’s Yard’s Brewing Company in the Northern Liberties section of the city

For art lovers:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Barnes Foundation 
Rodin Museum
The Magic Gardens mosaics on South Street

For science lovers:
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (free admission with a PennCard!)
The Franklin Institute
The Academy of Natural Sciences
The Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

For history buffs:
The National Constitution Center
Philadelphia Historic District
to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Tour the eerie Eastern State Penitentiary

For nature lovers:
Penn’s Morris Arboretum (free admission with a PennCard!)
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia’s beautiful Fairmount Park District

For car lovers:
Simeone Automotive Museum

For animal lovers:
The Philadelphia Zoo
Adventure Aquarium



Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221