Commencement, celebrate your accomplishments

Central Penn College’s 2020 commencement will be held virtually on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m.

While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to gather in-person this year, we are still very excited to celebrate our students’ outstanding achievements. They persevered and earned their degree, and they deserve to be fully recognized for that accomplishment.

This year’s virtual commencement will have all the core elements that make a Central Penn graduation so special… remarks by President Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, a guest speaker, acknowledgment of every graduate, and, of course, the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” music.

The commencement ceremony will be streamed on

Watch the 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
2020 Commencement

Commencement details

Commencement allows students to celebrate their educational accomplishments and reflect on their time at Central Penn. Alumni, students, friends, family members, faculty and staff gather together at The Forum in Harrisburg to celebrate accomplishments and look toward the bright future. 

At the Commencement Fair, students will have the opportunity to pick up their caps and gowns and enjoy some snacks and refreshments. Additional information about the Commencement Fair will be shared as the date draws closer.

The ceremony is symbolic and ceremonial – your participation should not be confused with your actual graduation from Central Penn College. Watch a live stream of Central Penn’s commencement at

Watch the 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Dylan at Central Penn's Commencement Ceremony

Student Checklist

  • To be eligible to participate in Commencement, complete all coursework by the end of the spring term 2020. Winter 2020 Masters of Professional Studies students are only eligible to walk in the ceremony if all requirements are completed. This includes a Capstone research project.
  • Fill out the Graduation Application for Commencement on the student portal.
  • Check your email for your special link to request and download your Commencement e-Tickets.
  • Pick up your cap and gown at the Commencement Fair.
  • If interested, order your class ring or graduation announcements.
  • Arrive at The Forum by 6 p.m., at the latest.
  • Upon checking in, receive your tassel, name card and program.
  • Process into The Forum at 7 p.m.
  • Walk across the stage and enter the next phase of your life.
  • Students will receive their diploma in the mail 4-6 weeks after the event. If you have completed your degree requirements.
  • Come back and visit campus for Fall Harvest during Homecoming Weekend!
Morgan at Central Penn's Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony

The Forum – Harrisburg
5th and Walnut Streets
Harrisburg, PA 

For door-to-door directions, please click here. If you plan to use one of the parking garages, please make note of the parking garage hours.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. All attendees, including children must have their own ticket.

Central Penn College utilizes an e-Ticket system to distribute Commencement tickets. Each student participating in Commencement will receive a special link that they can use to download up to six (6) tickets for their guests.

Students can instantly download and print tickets. Please, distribute tickets to your guests before the ceremony. 

Each ticket contains a unique barcode that will allow one guest entry to Commencement. Duplicate tickets will not be accepted. Guests holding a duplicate ticket will not be admitted.

Natalie enjoying Central Penn College's Commencement Ceremony
Back stage preparing for Central Penn College's Commencement Ceremony

Event Photography

A photograph of each graduate receiving their diploma is captured.

Graduating students will have the best possible photograph of their accomplishment and their guests will be able to remain seated. Guests do not need to worry about “capturing the moment.”

Legacy Photographics, Inc. will contact each graduate after the ceremony with information on how to purchase photos. If you have any questions, please contact Legacy at 1-800-447-2550 or 610-279-1791 or visit their website

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