Spring 2017 Commencement

May 5, 2017

Commencement Speaker

Lawrence Otis Graham is an attorney and New York Times best-selling author. His 14 books examine politics, race, class, diversity in the workplace, and education in America. Netflix is currently developing a series based on his book, Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.

Graham’s work has appeared on media sites ranging from the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report to Glamour. In addition, he is a political commentator and has been a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Today Show, and other television programs.

He taught African-American studies as well as American Government at Fordham University. Graham volunteers with several youth, health, and leadership organizations near his home in Westchester County, N.Y.

Graham is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Graduate Cropped

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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 was Friday, Nov 4.

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 Nov. 28 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.


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.