Congratulations Class of 2022 Parents and Families!
Soon your Penn student will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and take their next exciting steps into the “real world”. We are dedicated to celebrating our incredible class of seniors in style! See below for some important updates and offers.
This year's Commecement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 16, 2022. For more information, please visit the Commencement website.
Yard Signs, Grad Gifts, and More!
You can show off your Penn Pride with standard Penn banners and flags at College Flags & Banners and at the Penn Bookstore. Academic regalia and gifts for your graduate can also be purchased at the Penn Bookstore.
The Transition to Senior Year: A Note from Career Services
Career Services counselors are available to address anything and everything that has to do with helping students face life after Penn. This can include assistance with applications, personal statements, resumes, cover letters, interviewing and negotiating. Counselors can also be a good sounding board as seniors grapple with decisions about their next steps after graduation. There are also a few timelines to keep in mind as your student looks ahead to post-graduation pursuits.
For some students, particularly those looking for business-related jobs, on-campus recruiting is an excellent resource. For others, the best way to find a job is not through On Campus Recruiting (OCR), but through our specialized career fairs (for example, the international fair, the government and policy fair, the start-up fair), or through direct application to employers later in the year.
For seniors applying directly to a health professions school, applications are typically submitted over the summer, with interviews following during the fall and winter. For those students applying to fellowships, the most competitive have very early deadlines, so getting letters of recommendation together by late summer is very important. For those interested in law, PhD or other graduate programs, fall is the time to apply.