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:

Friday, May 11 at 3 p.m. graduates in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Science, Humanities, & Visual Communications.

Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. graduates in the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences.

Saturday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m graduates in the school of Business & Hospitality 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. Friday graduates should report at 2 p.m., Saturday morning graduates should report at 9 a.m., and Saturday afternoon graduates should report at 12:30 p.m.

Directions to the Genetti

Tickets

All guest attending the Commencement ceremonies will be required to present a ticket upon entering the Community Art 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 by mid-march). Participating graduates will have the first opportunity to pick up their tickets at Grad Finale, held on Tuesday, April 10, 11 a.m – 2 p.m., in Penn's Inn. 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., April 11-20. 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).

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. For the Friday afternoon ceremony, the buses run 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.; for the Saturday morning ceremony, they run 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.; and for the Saturday afternoon ceremony, they run 12:15 - 1:15 p.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 each 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, women should avoid wearing high heels.

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 www.penncollegebooks.com. Please make payment at the time of pickup. Check with the College Store staff about ordering class rings.

The College store will be open on Main Campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 11 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Cap, Gown, Required Accessory Prices
Certificate
cap, gown, and tassel
$35.00 *
Associate
cap, gown, and tassel
$35.00 *
Bachelor
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 cmb20@pct.edu 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.

Rehearsals

Student rehearsals will take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 23 and 24, 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. 

Parking

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.

Dining on Campus

Le Juene Chef, a fine dining restaurant on the Penn College campus, will serve a special menu from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A hot lunch buffet will also be served on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Friday & Saturday Evening Menu

Smoked Tomato Bisque
Mixed Green Salad Maple Mustard Vinaigrette or Parmesan Peppercream Dressing
Choice of Entrée
Rosemary Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin, Roasted Garlic Potatoes
 Herb Crusted Chicken Breast with Mushroom Ragout, Creamy Risotto
Ginger Hoisin Salmon, Creamy Risotto
Roast Prime Rib Carved to Order, Garlic Au Jus, Roasted Garlic Potatoes
Vegetable du Jour
Dessert du Jour 
$26.95
Plus service charge and tax

Saturday Hot Lunch Buffet
Assorted breads
Smoked Tomato Bisque
Crudité & Herb dip
California Garden Salad w/dressings
Fresh fruit platter
Creamy Risotto
Vegetable medley
Petite beef Wellington
Roast Bourbon Glazed Pork
Dessert du Jour
$14.95
Plus service charge and tax
                                                                                                                                       
Le Jeune Chef offers 10% discount to all AAA members.

Reservations are suggested; please call 570-327-4776.

Weekend Accomodations

Penn College is pleased to offer special on-campus, apartment-style housing. This special offer is available only for families and friends of the graduating class. Each apartment includes two bedrooms (each furnished with two beds), living room, dining room, kitchen alcove, and private bathroom. Sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows will be provided. (Please note: No television or maid service will be provided.) Guests should check in at the Dauphin Hall Residence Life Office between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Checkout is by noon on Sunday. The cost is $53 for the entire apartment for two nights. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact the Residence Life Office to reserve your rooms by calling 570-320-8023. To confirm your reservation, your payment must be received by noon on Friday, May 4. There are no refunds for cancellations after May 4.

Mail check or money order (payable to Penn College) to:
Residence Life Office DIF 106
Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue Williamsport, PA 17701

Questions

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.