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College Honoring Graduates With Virtual Commencement

Posted May 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm

In light of the current pandemic and our in-person Commencement being postponed, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding a Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Twenty-Fifth Graduating Class this Friday, May 15th, at 7pm. This unique celebration has been created to ensure the graduating class of 2020 does not go unrecognized.

Virtual Commencement will be hosted on the following platforms:

Penn Highlands’ new president, Dr. Steve Nunez will kick-off the virtual festivities with an uplifting speech to the over 350 graduates planning to watch the celebration with family and friends in the comforts of their own homes.

Student Senate President Sophie Sprankle will be giving this year’s Commencement Address. Ms. Sprankle will be obtaining an Associate of Arts in Social Work and a Certificate in Substance Abuse and Addiction Technician during this online gathering.

In addition to awarding associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, this virtual ceremony will announce the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award. This award honors a student who has contributed his or her time and effort to Pennsylvania Highlands and the community while maintaining a high level of academic performance.


To best serve and honor our graduates, Penn Highlands is hosting drive-thru diploma pick up sessions at all college locations this week. Graduates will have the opportunity to pick up their honor chords, regalia, diplomas, transcripts, and a congratulatory yard sign. They will simply need to drive to the front of their facility and show their ID to a staff member. The items will then be placed in their trunk or back seat. Graduates are not permitted to leave their vehicles, as this is a drive-thru service.

Distribution dates and times are as follows:

  • Richland Campus and Ebensburg Center
    • Wednesday, May 13th: 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm
    • Thursday, May 14th: 10am-12pm, 6pm-8pm
  • Blair, Huntingdon, and Somerset Centers
    • Wednesday, May 13th: 10am-12pm
    • Thursday, May 14th: 6pm-8pm


Penn Highlands continues to take measures to protect the health of the community, the region, and beyond. Please continue to monitor our COVID-19 website for updates on Penn Highlands Community College’s response to the pandemic, as well as information and details regarding summer classes.