Graduation

Learn more about our 2022 commencement, from ticketing and travel information, live video stream access and to view the online version of the program.

Commencement

The 2022 Commencement celebrates the 116th year in the life of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and welcomes graduates into the ranks of many great alumni who have gone before them. The Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20, from 7-9 p.m. at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA.

The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed on Friday, May 20, beginning at 7 p.m.

VIEW THE ONLINE VERSION OF THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM

General Commencement Information

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20, from 7-9 p.m. at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA.

Tickets: New for 2022, PA College will be working with the Clipper Magazine Stadium to provide electronic tickets for Commencement. Each graduate is allotted six tickets. The ordering system will be open from Wednesday, February 23 through Sunday, May 1. At the end of the ordering period, any unclaimed tickets will be collected for redistribution to students in need of extras. We cannot guarantee extra tickets, but know that if they become available, that information will be shared with graduates via their PA College email. The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed via the PA College website for those unable to attend.

Diplomas: Diplomas will be sent by certified mail once all academic and financial requirements are satisfied. Graduating students should verify their mailing address in the student self-service section of MyPortal to ensure delivery.

Disability Accommodations: PA College is happy to provide seating for guests with special accommodations, including but not limited to visual and mobility requirements. Please contact Campus Life & Student Engagement (CampusLife@PAcollege.edu) to request accommodations.

Dress:Graduates are to wear their cap and gown to the Commencement ceremony. Caps and gowns should be pressed/steamed or otherwise wrinkle-free. Unauthorized extras such as painting or artful designs are not permitted on your cap or gown and will be removed prior to processional.

Graduates should consider the following guidelines when planning attire. Recommended attire for ladies includes a dress, skirt/top combination, or a nice pantsuit. Recommended attire for men includes a dress shirt, tie and dress pants. Students should be mindful of their footwear as they will need to be able to walk on the field and across the stage to obtain their diploma cover. Flip flops and athletic shoes are not permitted.

Graduates will gather together before the ceremony for the processional. At this gathering point, there will not be a secure area to leave personal belongings (i.e., purses, coats, bags, etc.). Please consider leaving these items with one of your guests prior to the ceremony.

Duration: The Commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Graduates are to arrive no later than 6 p.m. Traffic adds additional time, so please plan accordingly. Guest seating will begin between 5:30-6 p.m. All guests must be seated by 7 p.m. in order to allow for the processional. Any guests arriving after 7 p.m. will be asked to wait in the concourse until the processional is complete and graduates are seated.

Parking: Parking is free and available in stadium lots, at Liberty Place/Armstrong and on the street in the surrounding area. Visit www.lancasterbarnstormers.com/directions/ for more information on directions and parking.

Photos & Videos: Professional photos will be taken during the Commencement ceremony by Grad Images, and will be available for purchase online (www.gradimages.com).

Programs: Printed programs will be available upon entrance to the ceremony.

Safety & Security: There will be members of the PA College Security team onsite for the Commencement ceremony. Professional behavior is expected of both the graduates and guests in attendance so that everyone might enjoy the event. Disruptive behavior will result in the person(s) being escorted out by a member of Security.

Seating: Graduating students will receive six tickets to the Commencement ceremony to share with friends and family. Tickets must be presented upon entrance to Commencement. (Graduates do not need a ticket.) A live webcast of graduation will be available for guests unable to attend.

Guest seating will begin between 5:30-6 p.m. All guests must be seated by 7 p.m. in order to allow for the processional. Any guests arriving after 7 p.m. will be asked to wait in the lobby until the processional is complete and graduates are seated.

Social Media: Join the conversation on social media using hashtag #PACollegeGrad22.

Speakers: The 2022 Commencement keynote speaker is Mr. Andy Carter. Mr. Carter is the President and CEO of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. In this role, he represents nearly 240 acute and specialty care hospitals and health systems across the state, providing care for 12.8 million Pennsylvanians. He works with a 28- member board of directors and a team of 50 staff to lead the advocacy, policy, communications, non-dues revenue, and member service initiatives of one of the nation’s largest statewide health care advocacy organizations. Before coming to HAP, Andy served for nearly six years as the president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), the national voice for nonprofit, community-based home health and hospice agencies. Before the VNAA, he led the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, where he created new public funding streams for Ohio’s six regional children’s hospitals and established the nation’s first statewide pediatric quality improvement initiative. Prior to entering the association field, Andy served for 20 years in a variety of leadership positions in community relations, state government, and business in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Ohio. He is an honors graduate of Georgetown University and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is married with two adult children and lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition, graduating students are invited to submit speeches for consideration as the Student Speaker. An appropriate speech should be 5-10 minutes in length and should address graduates from all programs. Submissions should be emailed to Dr. Erika Wilkinson, AVP of Strategic Enrollment Management, by April 8, 2022. The student speaker will be selected by May 2.

Travel & Lodging

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20, from 7-9 p.m. at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA.

Parking: Parking is free and available in stadium lots, at Liberty Place/Armstrong and on the street in the surrounding area. Visit www.lancasterbarnstormers.com/directions/ for more information on directions and parking.

Join the Conversation

Follow along with the graduation conversation on social media using hashtag #PACollegeGrad22.