Student Services

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, May 15 the Weitzman School will honor the graduates of the Class of 2021.

Details for accessing the broadcast will be shared via email prior to graduation. We look forward to having your friends and family from around the world join us for this special broadcast to celebrate all the accomplishments of the Class of 2021.

Graduate Videos for Ceremony

A special pre-ceremony broadcast will air at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 15 featuring video greetings from graduating students. These videos provide a platform for sharing celebratory reflections with your classmates and the Weitzman community.

  • Videos can be guided by the question, “What is the most valuable take-away from your time at Weitzman that you will carry with you into your career?” and/or you may wish to use your video as an opportunity to congratulate classmates or thank those who have had a particular impact on your education.
  • Videos may not exceed 15 seconds in length.
  • The production team reserves the right to not use videos that do not meet the submission requirements.
  • Submit videos here by Sunday, April 11 at 11:59 PM.

Technical Specifications:

  • Shoot your video in portrait orientation (vertical, not horizontal)
  • Use the highest resolution available: either HD or 4K. Most smartphones record at this resolution.
  • If possible, position the camera roughly at eye-level or just slightly above eye-level for a more flattering portrait image.
  • Try to frame yourself in a way that doesn't leave too much room above your head, but does leave space for your name to be added at the bottom of the video.
  • Try to frame the image so the camera captures you roughly mid-torso up.

Other Recording Tips:

  • Choose a quiet location. Consider background noise from appliances and street noise.
  • Rooms with carpeting and furniture will help reduce echo, resulting in a better quality audio recording.
  • If possible, record during peak daylight hours in a room with ample natural light. Consider setting up near a window. Alternatively, record outdoors in a quiet area.
  • Be mindful of big reflections in eyeglasses. Adjusting camera and/or your own position/angle can minimze reflections.
  • Look at the camera lens rather than your own image. This will give the impression of addressing viewers directly.

Graduate Portraits

As a gift to our graduates, the Weitzman School is offering portrait sessions with a professional photographer on campus. In late May, students will receive free, full access to their digital portraits, with rights to print and use the pictures as they wish.


  • Advance registration is required so that we can ensure compliance with public health guidelines. Register here for a portrait session.
  • Students may choose to wear academic regalia (cap and gown) for their portrait. (See regalia details below.) Or, students may treat these as formal or informal portrait sessions without regalia.
  • Portrait sessions will be offered the afternoons of May 12 and 13, and will be about 5 minutes each.
  • Portraits will be taken outside Meyerson, and final details about check-in and location will be sent to registered students in early May.
  • Students must have a Green PennOpen pass on the day of their portrait session.

Academic Regalia

All graduating students are eligible to purchase academic regalia from the Penn Bookstore. Orders should be placed no later than April 23 if students wish to have their regalia in time for the Weitzman Graduate Portrait sessions. Students may purchase a full set of regalia, or individual pieces, such as only a cap or only a hood. For more information or to order regalia, visit Campus Express.


Program Booklet

In early summer, graduates will receive a keepsake program listing all the degree candidates in the Class of 2021 as well as the 2021 award recipients. More details about the distribution of the Program Booklet will be shared in late spring.

Year End Show

Presented annually, the Weitzman Year End Show brings together work by graduating students across the School to capture new directions in architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, and the fine arts. Produced in a virtual format for the safety and enjoyment of visitors from near and far, the 2021 exhibition offers a deep dive into the individual agendas of emerging designers, planners, preservationists, and historians, with statements of intent from participating graduates and links to their professional websites. Individual thesis projects in architecture, planning, and preservation are presented alongside collaborative studio-based works. The exhibition site ( will go live on Friday, May 14. 

In the first two weeks of April, students in their final year of study will receive guidelines from their departments and programs on how to submit work to the Year End Show. Presented in conjunction with the Year End Show, the Department of Fine Arts will present a virtual thesis exhibition for the Class of 2021 as well as the Class of 2020.

Graduation Policies and Procedures

Review the Weitzman graduation policies and procedures here.