Learn more about our 2020 commencement, from ticketing and travel information to live video stream access.
The 2020 Commencement celebrates the 117th 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 Thursday, May 14, from 7-9 p.m. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.
General Commencement Information
The Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 7-9 p.m. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.
Tickets: PA College utilizes an electronic ticketing system for Commencement. Each graduate can order up to six tickets for Commencement. The ordering system will be open for graduates at a future date – specific information will be shared with graduates via email. At the end of the ordering period, any unclaimed tickets will be collected for redistribution to students in need of extras. The date extras will be available will be announced separately.
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.
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 include a dress shirt, tie and dress pants. Ladies should be mindful of their footwear as they will need to be able to walk 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 and parking 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 lobby until the processional is complete and graduates are seated.
Parking: Free parking is provided on site at Spooky Nook Sports. If you are using GPS to locate the venue, please use the following address: 75 Champ Boulevard, Manheim, PA 17545. Signs will be posted to direct guests with parking and to the event location inside the complex.
Photos & Videos: Professional photos will be taken during the Commencement ceremony by Grad Images, and will be available for purchase online (www.gradimages.com). Get 20% off on orders of $50 or more just by registering with them prior to the event.
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 #PACollegeGrad20.
Speakers: The 2020 Commencement keynote speaker is to be announced.
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 Matthew Swatchick, AVP of Student Affairs, by April 1, 2020. The student speaker will be selected by May 1.
Travel & Lodging
The Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, from 7-9 p.m. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex (75 Champ Boulevard, Manheim, PA 17545).
Free parking is provided on site. Please use the address listed above if using GPS to locate the venue. Signs will be posted to direct guests with parking and to the event location inside the complex.
Graduates, friends and family members who are interested in staying overnight at the Warehouse Hotel on site, can take advantage of a discounted room rate. The cost is $99/night, plus tax. When you are making your reservation, please call the hotel at 855-618-6181 and reference room block code: 8564 or book through their website at www.warehousehotel.com. To receive this discount, rooms must be booked by 3/29/2020.
Join the Conversation
Follow along with the graduation conversation on social media using hashtag #PACollegeGrad20.
Watch Live Online
The Commencement ceremony will be live streamed on Thursday, May 14, beginning at 7 p.m.