People taking graduation photos at an outside gathering

Comm Graduation Checklist 

You're graduating! Here's a quick timeline for the Comm major graduation events and what you need to know.  


Before Friday, May 13

If you’d like to take your photo in front of the Walnut Street entrance to the Annenberg School, do so before Friday, May 13, when a tent will be put up to cover that plaza.

Friday, May 13

An Annenberg backdrop with fun balloons will be set up in the Walnut Street lobby. Drop by and take some pics!

Saturday May, 14

Take the time to make sure your guests know about Penn’s guest policies. In order to enter the Zellerbach Theater, they will need to complete a Penn Open Campus pass on the day of the ceremony by going to They will need to show that green pass at the door in order to gain entrance to the building. Please also let your guests know that they will be required to wear masks inside the theater.

Sunday, May 15

Comm Major Graduation Ceremony Day!

While there is no formal dress code, please be aware that you’ll be seated on stage and we will be taking photographs.

  • 9:45amStudents receiving awards should arrive at the Zellerbach Theater with a mask and a completed Penn Open Pass.
  • 10:00am – All other graduating students should arrive at the Zellerbach Theater with a mask and a completed Penn Open Pass. Students may remove their masks once on stage. Arrive at the Zellerbach Theater and take your assigned seat on stage. All graduates will be seated alphabetically (look for the seat with your name card on it) and it is vital that you NOT switch seats. Guests may also begin arriving at this time.
  • 10:30am – The ceremony begins.
  • 11:30am – The ceremony ends and it's party time! Exit the Zellerbach Theater at the Main Entrance (located at the Annenberg Courtyard). Head to the graduation reception hosted at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC). Students and guests should enter the building’s main doors on 36th Street to ensure they receive their graduation certificate and gift bag. Food and some indoor seating will be available inside APPC. Additional outdoor seating will be available for guests outside the Walnut Street entrance to the Annenberg School.