Commencement Details

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.

Commencement Ceremony

Graduates will be honored at the Community Arts Center, 220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. The ceremony will be held as follows:

Saturday, December 22 at 11 a.m. graduates in the School of Business & Hospitality, the School of Construction & Design Technologies, the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, the School of Science, Humanities, & Visual Communications and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Community Arts Center

Graduate Check-in

Graduating students must report to the Genetti Hotel and Convention Center, 200 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, one hour prior to the start of their graduation ceremony. Graduates should report at 10 a.m.

Directions to the Genetti

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. Requests for fingerspelling graduate names should be made at the commencement rehearsal.

Guest Transportation to and from the Community Arts Center

Buses will transport guests between the Main Campus and the Community Arts Center. The buses run 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. 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 will be provided back to Main Campus after the ceremony. Buses are accessible to person with disabilities.

Commencement Dress

All candidates for graduation 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.


Each guest attending the Commencement ceremony will be required to present a ticket upon entering the Community Arts Center. A ticket does not designate an assigned seat; it only guarantees a seat within the theatre. For the best choice of seating, guests should arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony. The number of guest tickets available to each graduate will be based upon the number of graduates participating in the ceremony (determined mid-October). Graduates participating in the ceremony will have the first opportunity to pick up their tickets at Grad Finale, held on Tuesday, November 13, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in The College Store. Tickets not picked up at Grad Finale can be picked up in the Registrar’s Office, room 1020 of the Student and Administrative Services Center (SASC), anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., November 14–20. Photo ID and signature are required at both locations. Tickets for distance learning graduates will be mailed to the permanent address listed on the Student Information System (SIS).

Caps, Gowns & Graduation Announcements

Students who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony are required to wear appropriate graduation attire. Commencement attire, custom graduation announcements and diploma frames may be purchased at the College Store on Main Campus or online at Please make payment at the time of pickup. Check with the College Store staff about ordering class rings.

Cap, Gown, Required Accessory Prices

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, December 3 and 4, at 3:30 p.m., at the Community Arts Center. Rehearsal generally lasts one hour. All students participating in the ceremony are expected to attend a rehearsal session. PLEASE ATTEND THE REHEARSAL THAT BEST SUITS YOUR SCHEDULE. Details regarding the ceremony will be reviewed at the rehearsals, so attendance is important. 


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

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 (at 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 the SIS.

There is absolutely no obligation to purchase photos. Please direct all inquiries about photos or orders to Island Photography at 800-869-0908.

Commencement Video

A video recording of the Commencement ceremony will be posted on the College's website approximately 3-4 weeks after the ceremony. An email notification will be sent to all graduates with instructions for accessing the video.


If you have questions about the commencement ceremony, contact the Registrar's Office at 570-327-4772, or stop in the Student & Administrative Services Center, Room 1020.


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