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Fall 2018 December 14


Ticket Distribution, December 10 - 14, 2018

To be distributed to participating graduates only. Each graduate will receive four tickets.

Students who did not pick up Commencement Tickets the week of Dec 3 - 7 may do so in Sutherland 121 until Thursday, Dec 13 by 5pm. If you do not pick up tickets prior to this date, you will need to claim them at the Will Call table the morning of Commencement in the Athletic Building. Photo ID required.

Graduation student regalia is ready for pickup and purchase in the Bookstore in the Lares Building.

Streaming - Watch Commencement Here

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 November 9th, 2018.

Most of our grads took advantage of the pre-order program! For any students added to the Fall Commencement after the Nov. 9th order deadline, the bookstore will have a supply of outfits for purchase. Our bulk order will be here on/about November 30th, 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.

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

Unfortunately the campus bookstore is unable to offer a Graduation Portrait service as they have in the past.

Morning of Commencement

On the morning of Commencement, graduates need to report to the Athletics Building by 9am. Faculty and Staff need to report to the Athletics Building by 9:15am.


Will be available for purchase at Commencement.

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


Reception is at Cafeteria in Lares Building after the ceremony. All graduates, guests, faculty and staff are invited.

Lorina Marshall Headshot

In 2016, Marshall-Blake was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as an honorary fellow and received an appointment to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Image: Penn State

Commencement Speaker

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, MGA, FAAN
President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Lorina Marshall-Blake serves as the president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s strategic, programmatic, and operational efforts to fulfill its mission of leading sustainable solutions to improving the health and wellness of our neighborhoods that can be replicated on a national scale. This includes overseeing grantmaking work for the $73 million Foundation.

Outside of work, Marshall-Blake is devoted to her church and community. She serves as an associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia. In addition, she is affiliated with more than 30 professional and civic organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, the United Negro College Fund, and is the past president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

She also serves on 25 non-profit boards and committees of local, state, and national organizations including Albright College, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association -- Corporate Responsibility Committee, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Urban League of Philadelphia.

Marshall-Blake graduated from Antioch College with a B.A. in Human Services and holds an M.A. in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Albright College.