This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.
The inaugural ceremony of festivities to celebrate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian monarchy took place in 1971. The Shah of Iran placed flowers at the tomb of Cyrus the Great to start the five-day event which featured royalty and dignitaries from around the world.
In 1971, the Shah of Iran celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing an extravagant party that would mark the break between the Shah and the people of Iran he reigned over. The documentary “Decadence and Downfall – The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party” will be shown as part of the “Docunight: Iran via Documentaries” series at 7 p.m. on May 3.
This week, we recognize three people and members of staff who go above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. We're sending a "We Are!" to Penn Staters with Penn State Hazleton and Penn State Mont Alto, and a student at University Park who started at Penn State Behrend.
Wenhong Luo, an assistant curator at the Yunnan Nationalities Museum in China and visiting scholar in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, will present a lecture on Chinese quilts, entitled “NÜ GONG as a Cultural Practice in Chinese History,” at the Penn State Mont Alto Library. The lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m. It is free of charge and open to the public.
Graduates in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences waved to family and friends after receiving their diplomas at commencement ceremonies held at the Bryce Jordan Center on the morning of Dec. 17, 2016.