2020 Communication Major Graduation Ceremony

Graduation ceremony for Communication majors and their friends and family 
May 17, 2020

Ceremony 10:30-11:30am
Hors d’oeuvres Reception to follow 11:30am-12:30pm

Annenberg School for Communication is pleased to invite graduating seniors, along with their friends and family, to its Communication Major Graduation Ceremony on May 17, 2020.

At this ceremony, which takes place the day prior to the University Commencement on Franklin Field, we celebrate the graduation of Penn's Communication Majors with the distribution of certificates and awards. The event also includes short speeches by several undergraduates, and an address from a distinguished alumnus. Each year, a distinguished alumnus delivers an address. We will announce this year's speaker soon.

The times and locations on May 17 are as follows:

10:30-11:30am: Ceremony
Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center for The Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

11:30am-12:30pm: Hors d’oeuvres Reception
The Agora, Annenberg Public Policy Center
202 South 36th Street, Philadelphia

Students should arrive at the Zellerbach Theater by 10am. There will be assigned seating on stage. Attire for students is business professional. Academic regalia is not worn for this ceremony.

Tickets are not required, and seating will be available on a first come basis. Ushers will be available to direct guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to accessible seating.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony?

Annenberg School for Communication will be hosting a ceremony for our undergraduate Communication majors on May 17, 2020 at 10:30am at the Zellerbach Theater of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Please note that the Annenberg Center is a separate building adjacent to the Annenberg School. 

Will tickets be required for this event? Is there a limit to the number of guests that can attend?

No tickets are required, and there is no guest limit. The Zellerbach Theater is a large space, with over 900 seats, and is able to accommodate all of our students’ families. There is no reserved or assigned seating. 

Will there be seating available for those in wheelchairs?

Yes. A space within the theater is available to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. Those requiring ADA compliant seating may have up to 3 companions join them. An usher will direct guests to their seats.

What time should I plan to arrive at the Zellerbach Theater?

Doors open at 10:15am. It is important that graduates arrive on time, as they will be sitting on stage. The ceremony begins promptly at 10:30am. Graduates who fail to arrive on time may not be able to participate.

How long will the ceremony be?

Graduation is typically an hour long and done by 11:30am. A light reception will follow. The reception will end by 12:30pm. 

Where will the reception be?

The hors d’oeuvres reception will be hosted at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) in the Agora at 202 S. 36th St. The building, which is adjacent to the Annenberg School and directly behind Addams Hall, will be entered through the front doors, which face Walnut St. 

What happens during the Undergraduate Ceremony?

Various awards will be presented to students. A distinguished alumnus will deliver an address. All students will be presented with certificates recognizing their achievement.

How is this ceremony different than the ceremony hosted by the College on Sunday evening or the University ceremony on Monday?

Annenberg’s ceremony is an intimate event to recognize the achievements of our majors. Graduates sit on the stage with our Dean, faculty, and teaching staff. Various graduates will make brief remarks. All student participants will have their name called and will walk across the stage to receive their certificate of achievement. At the reception that follows, there are photo opportunities with classmates and instructors.

Will graduates be receiving their diplomas at this ceremony?

No. The diplomas of May graduates are mailed in July, the diplomas of August graduates are mailed in October, and the diplomas of December graduates are mailed in February.

How can I ensure that my graduate will be able to participate in the Annenberg Graduation Ceremony?

All graduates must RSVP by noon on Monday, May 11. Student athletes who may be participating in athletic tournaments the weekend of graduation should contact Alison Feather to make special arrangements.

Will graduates be wearing their caps and gowns at this ceremony?

No. Attire for the day is business professional.

If you have any further questions, please contact Alison Feather at alison.feather@asc.upenn.edu or 215-898-8892.