The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm, May  9,  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 M.S. Degree Candidates

Detailed information about ordering your gown and instructions for graduation are found to the right.   If you have questions about whether you have met all degree requirements, contact Records and Registration at

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.

The University does not provide graduation announcements.

Dress Rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:30 pm. More details are found in the links and documents to the right.  Please check your campus email regularly. You will receive updates, instructions, information and invitations via the campus email.

Information for Family and Friends

Information is found to the right as well.

Doors open at 5:45pm. Guests may sit anywhere that they prefer, except where sections are blocked off.

Ceremony & Speaker
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 entrepreneur Dr. Sandra K. Johnson, founder, CEO & CTO of Global Mobile Finance Inc., a fintech startup company based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, will serve as commencement speaker for the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s Class of 2019.


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 photography 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.

Due to ample space, tickets are not necessary. Also note that you can  ceremony live over the internet at if you are unable to attend in-person.  It  will be available for download after the ceremony.

Guests and friends are invited to the Commencement Reception on floors 1, 12, 13, and 14 of Harrisburg University located at 326 Market Street, immediately following 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.


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. For more information on parking, please visit:

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 8 AM to 5 PM.   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.

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.

Graduate and professional students already have graduated (with a bachelor’s degree), they should wear tassels on the left side of caps, over their hearts, throughout commencement ceremonies. Faculty members and administrators also should wear tassels on the left side of caps during processions and commencement ceremonies.

Class Rings

  • Class rings are available for purchase through Jostens at
  • Prices vary, depending on the style that you choose.
  • For more information please call Jostens at 800.854.7464

Diploma Frames

  • Diploma frames are available for purchase through Framing Success at
  • 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.

After looking through this site, please feel free to email with any remaining questions.