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Commencement is a culmination of your hard work and dedication. A time for reflection and celebration with those closest to you. This is a memory to hold on to forever. We can’t wait to share the experience with you and yours.

Due to the need to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement, students who were planning to graduate in May are invited to join us for Summer 2020 Commencement.

Graduate Check-in

Graduating students must report to the Genetti Hotel & Convention Center, 200 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport, one hour prior to the start of their graduation ceremony.

Appropriate Attire

All candidates for graduation will wear the caps and gowns of their certificate or degree over appropriate dress clothing. Dresses, skirts, and long slacks are appropriate; shorts and jeans are not. Both men and women should wear hard-soled dress shoes, due to the slope of the auditorium aisles and the polished stage floor, which may be slippery.

Caps, Gowns, & Graduation Announcements

Commencement attire, custom graduation announcements, and diploma frames may be purchased at the College Store or online at . May graduates can purchase cap, gown, and tassels any time before the August 7 ceremony. August graduates can purchase cap, gown, and tassels upon completing their petition to graduate in June. Students ordering items for graduation online should allow time for order processing and mailing. Check with the College Store staff about ordering class rings.

cap, gown, and tassel $35.00 *
cap, gown, and tassel $35.00 *
cap, gown, and tassel $35.00 *

* plus sales tax

Military Recognition Cords

If you are a veteran of the armed forces, on active duty, or on active drilling status, and you are marching at graduation, you can choose to be recognized by wearing a red, white, and blue cord at graduation. Cords are available to all military personnel with an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions. A DD-214 must be on file to receive your cord. Please contact the Coordinator of Veteran & Military Services at 570.320.5353 or email to verify your eligibility or to find out how to submit your DD-214. Cords will be given to eligible graduates upon check-in the day of graduation.


Student rehearsals will take place on Monday and Tuesday, August 3 and 4, at 3:30 p.m., at the Community Arts Center. Please attend the rehearsal that best suits your schedule. Rehearsal generally lasts one hour. All students participating in the ceremony are encouraged to attend a rehearsal session. Information about rehearsals will be sent to students who are not able to attend a rehearsal session via email.

On the rehearsal dates, please pay attention to the metered parking spaces on streets and in lots to avoid parking tickets. A parking deck is located in the 100 block of W. Third Street, west of Pine Street.

Commencement Photos & Video

To help preserve the memory of Commencement, Island Photography will photograph all graduates on stage when greeted by the Penn College's President and again after exiting the stage.

Within 48-72 hours, graduates will receive an email (to their Penn College email account) with color proofs attached and instructions for accessing and ordering photos from Island Photography. A few days later, graduates also will receive complimentary color proofs and an order form by U.S. mail. These color proofs will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent home address listed on SIS.

There is absolutely no obligation to purchase photos. Please direct all inquiries about photos or orders to Island Photography at 800.869.0908.

A video recording of the Commencement ceremony will be posted on the College's website approximately two weeks after the ceremony. An email notification will be sent to all graduates with instructions for accessing the video.

Special Seating Needs & Sign Language Interpreters

If a graduating student has a guest with special seating needs (such as accommodations for a wheelchair or walker), please report this at Commencement rehearsal so that Community Arts Center staff can arrange this seating ahead of time. No other reserved seating is available.

Sign language interpreters will interpret the Commencement ceremony. Interpreters will fingerspell graduates’ names, upon request. Please make requests for fingerspelling graduate names at rehearsal.

Guest Transportation to and from Community Arts Center

Buses will transport guests between the Main Campus and the Community Arts Center.

Friday afternoon ceremony 2:45 - 3:45 PM
Saturday morning ceremony 8:45 - 9:45 AM
Saturday early-afternoon ceremony 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Saturday late-afternoon ceremony 2:45 - 3:45 PM

The buses will depart from the Main Campus at the loop located in front of the Alvin C. Bush Campus Center along College Avenue. Bus transportation for guests will be provided back to Main Campus after each ceremony. Buses are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Final Audit

Participation in graduation exercises is not, in itself, evidence of satisfactorily completing a program of study. Each student marching at commencement remains a candidate until his/her academic record has been given a final audit. A diploma from Pennsylvania College of Technology, signed and sealed by its proper officer, remains the official testament to possession of a degree.


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