As citizens around the globe manage the disruptions caused by the current pandemic, Harrisburg University is proud of the perseverance and resilience shown by our students, faculty, and staff. In order to continue doing our part to protect the health and well-being of our campus community, and to provide graduating students and their families as much time as possible to adjust their plans, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 commencement. We reached this conclusion after careful consideration of the advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania State Health Officials, and out of a commitment to the health of the Harrisburg University community.
No virtual gathering can possibly match the emotion and joy of our usual events, but we will come together online on Thursday, May 7, to award degrees so that everyone will graduate as expected. The process of earning a college degree takes hard work and commitment and we believe our graduates and their families deserve recognition. Once we know it is safe to bring people together again, we plan to host an in-person celebration. By then, we will be eager not just to celebrate our graduating students, but also to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices that so many have made to ensure the well-being of our community. Please watch for updates as plans are finalized. We look forward to the day when the HU family can reconvene to celebrate the remarkable Class of 2020.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and your colleagues and your ongoing commitment to Harrisburg University.
The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm, May 7th, in The Forum Auditorium located at 500 Walnut Street in Harrisburg. Guests and friends are invited to the Commencement Reception at the University, located at 326 Market Street, immediately following the ceremony.
Information for B.S. Graduates
Detailed information is found in the links to the right. Please read the documents and share details with your family and friends.
Harrisburg University holds only ONE commencement ceremony a year, which takes place in May. Students cannot postpone their graduation ceremony to next year’s ceremony. If you have questions about whether you have met all degree requirements, contact Records and Registration by submitting a ticket through the Records and Registration Support portal via the following link, https://reghelp.harrisburgu.edu, telephone (717) 901.5136, or fax (717) 901.3136.
Please check your campus email regularly. You will receive updates, instructions, information, and invitations via the campus email.
Candidates for the baccalaureate should wear the tassel of the cap on the right front edge and after students are pronounced graduated, tassels are moved to the left side of the caps.
Information for Family and Friends of Graduates
Ceremony & Speaker
Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the Forum Auditorium located at 500 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, (approx. 1 ½ blocks from HU), beginning at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes and include special remarks by the Commencement speaker, the conferring of degrees, and individual recognition of each graduate as he or she crosses the stage.
Tech education entrepreneur Jamie Candee, President and Chief Executive Officer of EDMENTUM, will serve as commencement speaker for the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s Class of 2020.
Guests and friends are invited to the Commencement Reception on the 1st and 2nd floors of Harrisburg University located at 326 Market Street, immediately following the ceremony.
Due to ample space, tickets are not necessary. Also, note that family and friends will be able to view the ceremony live over the internet at https://harrisburgu.edu/hu-live/ if they are unable to attend in-person. It will be available for download after the ceremony.
Special Seating Arrangements
For any guests in need of handicap seating, the Forum is equipped with a handicap lift. The handicap lift section is located to the left when you enter the building. There are directional signs posted. An usher will be operating the handicap lift and will be able to direct your guests to the designated handicap seating areas. The University does not loan or rent wheelchairs.
Photographs & Video
The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has engaged a commercial photographer to take an individual color photograph of each graduate receiving a diploma. You do not have to make prior arrangements for this service. The Office of University Advancement will set up a page so graduates and their families can download photos approximately eight weeks after Commencement. Guests will be permitted to take photographs from their seats but the use of flashbulbs is discouraged. We ask that guests remain seated as much as possible to avoid interrupting the ceremony.
The Hilton-Harrisburg is approximately 3 blocks from the Commencement ceremony and two blocks from the University. For directions or to make reservation, contact the Hilton Harrisburg at (717) 233-6000 or online at Hilton Harrisburg. For a complete listing of overnight accommodations, area restaurants, and driving directions and maps, please contact the Hershey-Harrisburg Visitors Bureau online at Visit Harrisburg or call (717) 231-7788.
Parking is available for free after 5 p.m. along the street in the immediate vicinity of the University. Click to view a map showing. Additionally, pay parking is available in the Hilton-Harrisburg garage and numerous other Harrisburg Parking Authority garages. We recommend that you park at the Hilton-Harrisburg garage if you plan to attend the reception. It is only a 2.5 block walk to the Forum. For additional information about parking, you may contact the Standard Parking Authority at 717.255.3099 or visit SPA online. The Standard Parking Authority also operates an automated garage within Harrisburg University’s building at 326 Market Street. It is accessible from 4th Street.The HU garage is not free parking for events. Normal hourly rates still apply. It is highly suggested that guests utilize the Walnut Street garage (located at 215 Walnut St.) — the HU garage will most likely be full. Graduates and guests of graduates are responsible for all parking fees. If you are using the Standard Parking Authority operated lot within the Academic Center, please take the elevator to Floor 1 and check in with the Security Desk. You will need to enter floor number “1” at the kiosk adjacent to the elevators; there are no buttons inside the elevator cars.
Directions to the Forum Auditorium
The Forum is located at 500 Walnut St. in Harrisburg. From points East, Pa Turnpike to exit 19 to 83 South to 2nd street exit. Proceed to Walnut. Go East on Walnut to Forum Auditorium. From points West, Pa Turnpike, to exit 19 to Rte 83 South, take 2nd Street Exit proceed to Walnut Street. Go East on Walnut to Forum. From points North, 81 South to Front Street Exit. Travel south on front to Walnut St. Travel East on Walnut to Forum. From points South, 83 North to 2nd street exit, to Walnut St. Travel East on Walnut to Forum. A Commonwealth parking garage is across the street as well as street parking.
Class Rings & Other Commencement Items.
The University does not provide graduation announcements.
- Class rings are available for purchase through Jostens at www.Jostens.com
- Prices vary, depending on the style that you choose.
- For more information please call Jostens at 800.854.7464
- Diploma frames are available for purchase through Framing Success at www.framingsuccess.com
- Or search: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology on the home page
- Prices vary depending on the style of molding and glass that you select.