Commencement 2019

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Date(s) - May 11, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Penn Highlands Richland


Event Info

  • Ceremony begins at 10:00am.
  • Graduates must report to the lower ramp (Richland Campus) by 9:15am and should be robed upon arrival.
  • Guests should be seated in the Richland Campus Auditorium by 9:45am.

In addition to awarding associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the ceremony, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will also present the Distinguished Graduate Award, which 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.

A reception for graduates and their guests will be held immediately after the ceremony. It will occur in the East Hills Gymnasium directly across the hall from our auditorium. Spring graduates will also be able to receive their actual diplomas at this time in the gymnasium.

Graduation Photos

Each graduate that walks across the stage will be photographed with the President by a professional photographer. These images will be available at no cost as a courtesy from Penn Highlands. The images will be available for download within a few days of the event. To download your images, follow these steps after the ceremony:

  1. Go to proofs.jenmckenphoto.com/gallery/PennHighlands.
  2. Register to be notified when images are released or simply log in if images are already available for download.
  3. Look through the images and select the images of your choice.
  4. Select the download button to download image(s).
  5. You will receive an email with the image download(s).

Live Streaming

Commencement will be live streamed via our Facebook page.

Commencement Program

Guest Tickets

Each graduate receives 3 guest tickets. If a graduate requires handicap tickets, please contact Student Activities to make sure you have the proper ticket(s). Handicap tickets are green. If a child will sit in a seat, the child will need a ticket.

For those that do not have tickets, they will be able to spend the morning with you on campus. When the ceremony begins, they will be directed to the live streaming areas on campus. These areas are great locations for children to watch the ceremony.

Graduation Attire

All gowns have been distributed to graduates. All graduates should have a gown, hat, and tassel. Graduates will keep their regalia. Graduates are asked to wear business casual to professional clothing and shoes. If wearing heels, graduates are asked to make sure they can walk comfortably and travel up and down stairs.


Honors are based on the GPA a graduate had earned by the end of the last semester. It must be a cumulative 3.5 or higher (throughout time at Penn Highlands). Honor cords are awarded to graduates at the Student Recognition Ceremony held in April.

Phi Theta Kappa Regalia

Our graduates wear the double cord, honors stole, and tassel. Phi Theta Kappa regalia can be purchased via the Phi Theta Kappa Store.

Sigma Alpha Pi Regalia

Our graduates may order Sigma Alpha Pi regalia using a Penn Highlands email address. Visit the Sigma Alpha Pi Shop to order.


Any questions about Commencement can be directed to Student Activities at 814.262.6491 or studentactivities@pennhighlands.edu.