Lycoming College, Penn College set graduations
Graduation ceremonies at the Pennsylvania College of Technology this spring will include graduates from Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 participating in 12 in-person events.
The commencements are scheduled for May 14, 15 and 16 at the Community Arts Center.
“Commencement is the ultimate celebration of the achievements earned by a college graduate,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.
“At Penn College, commencement ceremonies have always been cherished opportunities to collectively gather for a celebration with friends, families and classmates,” Strickland added.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn College is modifying the “traditional” approach to graduation.
“We are committed to providing a memorable event for our graduates and families under the restrictions and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health,” Strickland said.
Strickland cited the modifications the college will be employing for graduation ceremonies:
• The expansion from the traditional four ceremonies to 12 in order to accommodate social distancing requirements.
• All students, staff and guests will have their temperatures checked upon entering the CAC.
• Everyone will be required to wear a face mask at all times. Graduates will be permitted to remove their face masks while crossing the stage and for photos.
• President Davie Jane Gilmour will hand-sanitize in between the presentation of each graduate on stage. She will also offer graduates the option to shake hands, fist-bump, elbow-bump, high-five or simply accept their diploma cover.
• The CAC will be deep-cleaned (fogged) between each ceremony. The Genetti Hotel ballroom where students check in will also be deep-cleaned in between each session.
• Due to limitations on gathering restrictions, faculty and staff who comprise the traditional platform party will not be able to attend in person.
• Alumni and faculty awards will not be presented at commencement.
“With the exception of the COVID-19 protocols, commencement largely remains the same for students and their guests,” Strickland said.
Minor exception include; the chair of the college’s board of directors, Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock, will deliver his presentation to graduates by video; the three student speakers, one graduating/marching on each of the three days will deliver their commencement remarks in person only during their particular ceremony; and for each of the ceremonies in which a student is not speaking in person, a video of one of the speakers will be substituted.
Lycoming College has elected to have two graduation ceremonies this year. One, the 173rd, will celebrate the Class of 2021 and another for the Class of 2020.
The Class of 2021 commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., May 15, on the Fultz Quad, rain or shine. The event will be live streamed and the link will be available on the college’s website five days before graduation.
The 172nd commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held at 2 p.m., May 22 on the Fultz Quad.
An announcement on the college’s website advises members of the Class of 2020 who are planning to return for their commencement to use the link on the website to respond by April 22. They are also asked to share additional information including where to send tickets for guests or the graduate’s diploma with the hard cover if they are not planning to attend.