Graduation 2020

For the safety of our employees, students & their guests the 2020 commencement ceremony scheduled for September 12, 2020 has been cancelled.

Celebrating commencement is among our greatest honors. It’s something we look forward to every year. Exercising caution for the health of our faculty, students, and their families, it is with a very heavy heart that we are announcing the cancellation of our in-person 2020 commencement ceremony, which was scheduled for September 12, 2020.

We realize that this is a great disappointment to many, yet I am confident that most, if not all, of you will agree that this is a prudent decision that protects the best interests of our faculty, students and family members.

Federal and state health officials across the country continue to enforce social distancing rules and, consequently, many large gatherings have been cancelled, including sporting events, conferences, festivals, and other in-person commencements. Our commencements attract 2,500+ people and, thus, is much like other large events with the same risks. It appears COVID-19 will be with us much longer than any of us had hoped and we must be safe, careful, and decisive in our actions.

We are exploring ways to celebrate with you virtually and have begun work on a digital yearbook for our 2019 - 2020 graduates. We will announce soon, via email and social media, how graduates and their families can participate in our yearbook.

Thank you and be well,

Lisa Rutsky,
Vice President of Education
Penn Foster

Graduation FAQ

Will refunds be made available?
REGISTRATION FEES: All graduate registration fees will be automatically refunded. No action is required. You can expect to see the refund of $35.00 on the credit or debit card you used for payment within 10 business days.

GUEST TICKETS: No action is required. Guest tickets will automatically be refunded via Ticketmaster. You can expect to see the refund on the credit or debit card you used for payment within 10 business days.

REGALIA: Regalia orders are non-refundable. All regalia ordered will be received within 5 weeks of purchase.

How can I register for and attend the 2021 ceremony?
At this time due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we do not have a 2021 date scheduled. Registration for future ceremonies will remain closed until we can ensure the safety of our employees, graduates and guests.

Will I receive my diploma or degree?
Our in-person graduation is purely ceremonial and no official diplomas or degrees are distributed at the event. The cancellation of this event will have no effect on graduates receiving their completion documents. Graduates are mailed their diploma or degree upon successful academic and financial completion.

Will there be a virtual ceremony?
Rather than a virtual ceremony we are working on a digital yearbook which will create a sharable memento for our graduates and allow faculty, friends, and family to share congratulatory messages. More details on how to participate in the digital yearbook will be announced soon.

Can I still celebrate at home?
Of course! We encourage you to celebrate with friends and family at home. Share your graduation photos with us on facebook, instagram or twitter to be featured on our social feed.

How can I order a cap, gown & tassel to celebrate at home?
College, Career & High School graduates can order regalia, class rings and diploma frames directly from

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