Penn State to send off summer graduates

A much smaller graduating class will don their caps and gowns during Saturday’s summer commencement at Penn State, but that doesn’t mean their accomplishments are any less significant.

The ceremony is at 10 a.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center, where more than 3,000 diplomas are expected be awarded, according to Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers.

Powers said 3,207 diplomas will be awarded to students universitywide who are completing 236 associate, 1,846 baccalaureate, 832 master’s, two law and 291 doctoral degrees.

At University Park, 1,502 students are expected to earn baccalaureate degrees; three associate degrees and 552 master’s degrees. For doctoral degrees, that number is 291, she said.

Graduates are expected to arrive at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony, and doors will open at 8 a.m. The program is expected to conclude at 2:30 p.m. President Rodney Erickson is the speaker.

The Schreyer Honors College medal ceremony will meet in the Founders Room at 8:30 a.m.

Guest seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets are needed and there is no limit. Guests can enter Gates A through D, and free parking will be in Stadium West, Jordan East and Orange E lots.