Spring 2017 Commencement

May 5, 2017

Graduation Fair in the Bookstore

Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7 during regular business hours*.

At the Fair grads can:

  • take their Graduation Portrait by Warren Keith Photography, cost $59.95 (tax incl.),
  • order their College Ring from Jostens (discounted approx. 20% when ordered during the Grad Fair),
  • purchase diploma frames and enter a raffle to win a Grad Portrait package compliments of the Abington Bookstore.

Graduate Cropped

Graduate Cropped

Image: Penn State

Commencement Regalia - Cap and Gown

Students participating in the academic procession and ceremony must wear a cap and gown. See regalia policy.

You will order/reserve your graduation outfits online at Jostens.

The weblink order deadline is Friday, March 31.

Most of our grads took advantage of the pre-order program! For the rest of you grads we will have plenty of caps and gowns for purchase later this month. Our bulk order will be here on/about April 24 and we will send out an email when they come in.

This bulk order will have limited quantities/size, so please do not delay picking up your outfits as sizes will diminish as the time gets closer to Commencement day. The price is the same as the pre-orders at $42.40 tax incl.

For those that placed their pre-orders on the weblink, we will also notify you when they will be available to purchase. Price is $42.40, payable at Bookstore. The pre-orders come in with your name attached.



Image: Penn State

Commencement Speaker

Lawrence Otis Graham is a nationally-known attorney and New York Times bestselling author of 14 books on race, class, education and diversity in America.  His book, "Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class" is in its 30th printing, and is currently being developed into a TV series by Netflix and will begin filming later this summer.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Lawrence practices real estate law in New York.  A frequent commentator who has discussed race and class in America on such programs as PBS’ “Charlie Rose”, “Good Morning America”, “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, and “The Today Show”, Graham has written for New York Magazine, Glamour, Essence, The New York Times and served as contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report and Reader’s Digest.

Lawrence is probably best known for his New York Magazine cover story “Invisible Man”, where he left his Manhattan law firm and went undercover as a busboy at an all-white country club in Connecticut, so that he could document their discrimination against blacks, Latinos, Asians, Jews and women.  That article exposed discrimination in private clubs and discussed how such institutions encouraged corporate bias in the workplace.  The story led to his next two books, "Member of the Club" and "The Best Companies for Minorities".  Lawrence’s writing career was launched by a first place essay, entitled “Behind the Mask”, that he wrote for the NAACP’s national essay contest when he was 17. While a college freshman, he wrote his first book, "Ten Point Plan for College Acceptance", which was then serialized by Good Housekeeping Magazine.

His 14th book, "The Senator and The Socialite" (HarperCollins, 455pp), is a biography of U.S. Senator Blanche Bruce, the African American Senator who was elected during the 1870s, and later served under three U.S. Presidents. That political biography followed three generations of the wealthy Bruce family dynasty from Mississippi, to Washington, to Cambridge and finally to New York where members of the family worked for the Rockefellers when the philanthropist was founding the first black bank and first middle class housing for blacks in Harlem in the 1920s.

Lawrence has taught American Government, as well as African American Studies at Fordham University. He serves on the boards of several educational institutions, such as the Horace Mann School, the State University of New York –Purchase College, the Eaglebrook School as well as the board of overseers at University of Pennsylvania.  Lawrence is also on the board of the American Theatre Wing (which sponsors the Tony Awards) and the board of Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies.  He and his wife, author and corporate executive Pamela Thomas-Graham, live in New York with their 3 children.


Reception in Lares Building following the ceremony.  All graduates, guests, faculty and staff are invited.


Will be available for purchase at Commencement.

Students and families will also be able to order Commencement flowers here.

* Bookstore normal business hours: M-Th 9AM-5PM, Friday 9AM-4PM.