Spring 2018 Ceremony

Penn State Altoona's spring 2018 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona.

GRADUATES, click Commencement Day Details on the menu to find out more about the ceremony.


Because of the large number of seats available at the Jaffa Shrine, no tickets are required for guests to attend the ceremony. Likewise there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate.

Commencement Speaker

Stephen G. Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

Steve Sheetz

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Steve Sheetz is a native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, home to family owned and operated Sheetz, Inc. convenience stores. Sheetz operates more than 560 locations in six states—Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina—and employs more than 18,000 people, with current year revenue in excess of $6.4 billion

As a teenager, Sheetz began working in his brother Bob’s first Sheetz convenience store in 1960. Upon graduation from college, he served in the management of the Sheetz organization, held the position of president of Sheetz, Inc. from 1984 to 1995, chairman of the board from 1995 to 2013, and chairman of the Sheetz Family Council since 2013.

Steve and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Megan and Nikki, and seven grandchildren.

A Commitment to Penn State Altoona

Through their generous philanthropic support and investments of time and experiences with students, faculty, and staff, Steve and Nancy Sheetz have made a lasting impact on Penn State Altoona.

Over the years, Steve and Nancy Sheetz have supported numerous philanthropic initiatives at Penn State Altoona. Their gift to the campus in 2009 – the largest in the history of Penn State Altoona – established The Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence which has transformed the study of entrepreneurship at the college. The gift also created the Sheetz Fellows Program, an endowment to support the purchase of cutting-edge technology for the Trading Room in the center, as well as named Rossman Park, located adjacent to the center in downtown Altoona.

In addition, the couple has established the Steve and Nancy Sheetz Scholarship Endowment, the Steve and Nancy Sheetz Trustee Scholarship, and the Sheetz Family Endowed Scholarship. In 2015, the Steve and Nancy Sheetz Renaissance Scholarship at Penn State Altoona was created in their honor.

Since 2012, the Sheetz Fellows Program has created unique opportunities that ignite and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of students at Penn State Altoona by fostering critical thinking, ingenuity, leadership, and problem-solving skills. The program experience offers “an education for leadership” by molding well-rounded students who are ready for the world and prepared for citizenship and for lifelong learning.

Through their acts of generosity, Steve and Nancy Sheetz demonstrate their commitment to creating opportunity for others and celebrating life.