Students at graduation


Congratulations on finishing a challenging degree program. The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear 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 MNE 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 Ms. Lori Yarger in the Undergraduate Program Office to activate or remove your intent to graduate. Ms. Yarger’s email address is
  • 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.


The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519