Penn State Harrisburg announces plans for fall commencement

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Credit: Penn State Harrisburg

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Penn State Harrisburg has announced plans for fall 2020 commencement to celebrate the achievements of its graduates.

The University's overall virtual commencement ceremony is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The ceremony will be livestreamed and available internationally, in celebration of the completion of the academic experience of Penn State students.

In addition, graduates, friends and families can view the Harrisburg webpage, which will be linked to the virtual ceremony website, for Penn State Harrisburg recognitions, including greetings from Chancellor John M. Mason Jr.; a message from Student Government Association president Bhargava Motupalli; recognition of student marshals from the five academic schools and Graduate Studies; recognition of students graduating with honors and graduates in the U.S. Armed Forces; a video “look back” including student submitted photos and images of events and scenes from the campus during the past few years; and video congratulations from the campus community.

For those who are not able to tune-in to the virtual ceremony on Dec. 19, it will be recorded and available for later viewing.

While the coronavirus pandemic has led to the University offering this virtual fall 2020 commencement for the Class of 2020, the college invites its graduates to return for a future Penn State Harrisburg commencement celebration when public health guidelines allow. Details will be announced in the future as more information becomes known.

Graduates, family and friends are also encouraged to share photos of in-home celebrations on social media using the hashtag #PSHBGgrad and #PSUgrad.