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Commencement ceremonies, which are held every fall and spring, are public recognition of our students' accomplishments.  Since the inaugural class of 1960, more than 5,200 alumni have attended Penn State New Kensington and earned a Penn State degree.

Important dates and deadlines:

Intent to graduate activation period for Spring 2016 expires on January 25, 2016.  If you did not set your intent on eLion by this date, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Commencement rehearsal will be held in the Athletics Center on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 2:00pm. 

Spring 2016 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Athletics Center

Important information for graduates:


This page provides important information for graduates and their families including:




Spring, 2016 Graduation Speaker - TBA


Fall, 2015 Graduation Speaker:  Amy M. Cyprych, Director of Risk Revenue at Highmark and PSNK Alumna

Amy Cyprych is a Director of Risk Revenue in Highmark’s Revenue Program Management department.  She is a 2002 graduate of the Information Sciences & Technology (IST) program at Penn State New Kensington and was a member of PSNK’s campus Honors Program.  In her role at Highmark, Amy leads a team of managers, program and project managers, business analysts, and data analysts who support Risk Adjustment for Medicare Advantage and Affordable Care Act business.  Risk Adjustment is a government reimbursement program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The team’s key responsibilities include facilitating the department’s strategic and tactical planning, leading business process modeling and redesign activities, developing business requirements and test plans, and managing the operational data submission processes.

Amy is passionate about identifying an organization’s business goals and developing people, process, and technology strategies to support these goals.  She enjoys the opportunity to bring cross-functional teams together to accomplish a common goal.  Additionally, she believes strongly in the concepts of servant leadership and continuous development.

Since her graduation from PSNK, Amy has been fortunate to have the opportunity to come back to PSNK on multiple occasions.  She has sponsored projects for IST 440W, the senior capstone course, and she has participated as an employer partner of the Growing Regional Excellence through Experience, Academics, and Training (GREAT) program for promising students in engineering and technology fields.  Amy enjoys interacting with the students and sharing her experiences in the corporate world.

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Friends and family of the graduates are very welcome at the Commencement Ceremony.  Each graduate is encouraged to invite their family and friends to participate in their special day.  Floor seating will be available for our guests with special needs; and handicapped parking spaces are designated in the front row of our Athletics Center parking lot for Spring graduations, and in the front near the main entrance for Fall ceremonies.


For directions to the campus, please visit here.
For parking information, please visit here.


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Academic regalia (Cap and Gown) is available through our Bookstore. It is now made of "green" biodegradable material.  Please order your regalia early. See details below under Academic Attire.

Print ready Penn State graduation announcements, invitations and thank-you cards are available online at: http://www.overlypub.com/.  Class rings and jewelry can be ordered through the bookstore and are also available for purchase on the Jostens website at: http://college.jostens.com/.

The bookstore will be open special hours for your graduation needs, gifts, or just to browse. For additional information, you may contact the bookstore at: 724-334-6170.

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In observance of tradition, all participants in the Commencement Ceremony will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown and mortarboard (cap) with tassel.  Caps and gowns must be ordered from the Penn State New Kensington Bookstore.  You can contact the Bookstore at 724-334-6170. 

Wear the tassel of the cap forward and to the right until you are signaled at the ceremony to shift it to the left when the degrees are conferred.  Business or business casual attire is recommended. 

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Graduating students may only wear one approved honor medal or pin to commencement. The following are pre-approved honor medals or pins:

  • Kappa Delta Pi – Honor Society in Education
  • Psi Chi – Honor Society in Psychology
  • Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society
  • Penn State Schreyer Honors College Medal

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Graduates in their caps and gowns will assemble in advance.  The procession will be led by the Faculty Marshal, the Chancellor, the Director of Academic Affairs, visiting dignitaries, faculty and staff, and then the graduates. 

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Graduates will have their diplomas mailed to their address listed on eLion. You should verify the name to be printed on the diploma via eLion, or you check your information with the Registrar’s Office on campus. If the alternate site form is filed correctly and timely, students from other campuses may participate in our commencement ceremony. 

Note: Special inks are used in the printing of the diplomas.  Do not store your diploma in a cedar chest.

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Distinction at graduation is awarded to baccalaureate degree candidates with:

  • at least 60 credits (30 credits for associate degree candidates) earned at Penn State
  • minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average
  • are in the top 12% of a college's graduating class

The distinction table is created in September for the coming fall, spring semesters and summer session, based on the grade-point average information of previous graduates.

Distinction levels for your degree can be found at:  http://www.registrar.psu.edu/graduation/distinction.cfm

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A transcript is the University’s official statement of your academic record.  Please visit the Office of the Registrar for additional information and instructions on how to request an official transcript.

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Your connection with Penn State does not end at graduation.  Join over 150,000 Penn State supporters by becoming a member of the largest alumni association in the country, and keep that Blue and White spirit alive!  The local alumni organization based on our campus is the Alle-Kiski Society. The society represents more than 7,000 Penn Staters living the Alle-Kiski valley. For more information on the Alle-Kiski Society, call 724-334-6049 or visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Alumni/alumorg.htm.
For more information on the Penn State Alumni Association, visit:  http://www.alumni.psu.edu/.

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