C-2. Governing Commencement Ceremony Practices at Capital College

C-2. Governing Commencement Ceremony Practices at Capital College


To establish policies for Capital College's commencement ceremonies.


The Capital College follows the general principles adopted by the University for the Commencement Ceremonies. The appropriate policies and guidelines are available at http://harrisburg.psu.edu/commencement/.


These Guidelines apply to all cords, scarves, stoles, and/or other attire not associated with the official recognition accorded to the approved Schreyer Honors College or the Capital College's Honors programs in the commencement ceremony.

One of the key provisions in the University's Academic Costume statement informs degree candidates that "ornamentation representing honorary societies or nationalities is not approved attire for Penn State academic ceremonies." It is impossible to recognize the various regalia associated with an honorary society or organization because doing so requires an explanation to our commencement guests many of whom will not be able to see the regalia from their seating locations or will not understand the role of the honorary societies in the academic process.

These Guidelines should in no way diminish the academic accomplishments of Capital College students.

Approved: March 1, 2002

Revised: Academic Council April 8, 2009