Students at graduation


Congratulations on finishing a challenging degree program. The Department of Mechanical Engineering applauds your accomplishment. To ensure this is an enjoyable event for you and your guest(s) we would like to remind you of a few planning steps.

  • It is the graduating student’s responsibility to notify the University of his or her intent to graduate. Confirm the activation period on the Academic Calendar for the dates when you can activate your intent to graduate.
  • Using the “Apply for Graduation” link within the My Academics page in the LionPATH Student Center, you can set your intent to graduate
  • Once you have applied to graduate, the ME undergraduate office assistant will review your degree audit to ensure you have completed all of your degree requirements. In addition, the University Registrar’s Office will email you regarding the correct spelling of your name for the diploma and the address to be used to mail your diploma. Keep a close eye on your PSU email to ensure you do not miss any important communications from either office.
  • After the activation period expires, you must contact the Undergraduate Program Office to activate or remove your intent to graduate at
  • See the Registrar’s Graduation web site for additional information, such as transcripts, diploma mailing and instructions for name and address changes.
  • Visit Commencement at University Park to learn more about your important day
  • There are no tickets for any of the Penn State Commencement Ceremonies. All seating is on a first come first served basis. You are welcome to invite as many people as you would like to.


With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519