Graduates: Prepare for the fall 2018 commencement ceremony

graduates in caps and gowns
Credit: Penn State Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Graduating students, you’ve made it this far, now make sure you’re ready for commencement!

The Penn State Harrisburg fall 2018 ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Don’t forget to:

  • Register to reserve your seat at the ceremony before Nov. 15.
  • For those who have pre-ordered your regalia, they will be available for pick up at the Penn State Harrisburg Bookstore on Monday, Dec. 3.

The Giant Center doors will open at 8 a.m. on the day of commencement. Students and guests should enter through the building’s main doors. No tickets are required for ceremony entry; however, seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating sections are available for guests with limited mobility. View a map designating reserved seating.

Graduates should arrive, fully gowned, by 8 a.m. Students arriving after 8:30 a.m. are not guaranteed the opportunity to participate in the student processional and will not be seated with other students in their major.

For additional information on the ceremony and to print your free Giant Center parking pass, visit

As a reminder, please tell us about your journey to graduation. How has Penn State Harrisburg affected your life? What’s ahead for you after graduation? Send stories to [email protected].