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Spring 2023 Ceremony
Penn State Altoona's spring 2023 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the Arena of the Adler Athletic Complex at Penn State Altoona. The ceremony will also be live-streamed on this site.
GRADUATES, Visit the Commencement Day Details page to learn more about the ceremony.
Find your way around campus using our Interactive Commencement Map.
At this time, we don't anticipate that a ticketing system will be necessary for the commencement ceremony at the Adler Arena, but we will evaluate the need based on graduate numbers.
#PSUgrad — Share the experience!
Soon-to-be graduates and families of soon-to-be graduates: Tell the world about your tremendous accomplishments. Share your photos and thoughts and include the #PSUgrad hashtag on your favorite social media platforms.
To commemorate this milestone occasion, a professional photo will be taken of each graduate being congratulated by the chancellor. No pre-orders will be taken. Photos can be viewed and ordered after commencement by visiting the Film Center's Web site.
To avoid congestion and maintain decorum during the ceremony, we ask that family and friends refrain from approaching the platform when taking pictures or using a video camera.
Roger Rickard is the founder and president of Voices in Advocacy®, the author of 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates, and host of the Voices in Advocacy podcast. He has more than thirty years of experience as an advocacy professional, speaker, trainer, consultant, and author. As a recognized expert in advocacy engagement and grassroots activation, Rickard works with a wide cross-section of organizations from diverse industries.
Rickard is a proud Penn State Nittany Lion and self-confessed political junkie, having received his education in political science. He has been an advocate for citizen involvement since the age of thirteen. He was elected to public office three times as a young man, served as a state senate staff member, and has worked on many political campaigns from his very own clear up to presidential campaigns.
He has served in numerous industry associations’ leadership roles, is a recipient of several international industry awards, and is a member of Meeting Professional International’s prestigious “Community of Honorees.”
Rickard is often interviewed by radio, print, and television media, including being highlighted by the MSNBC show Your Business. Successful Meetings magazine named Rickard one of the “Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry,” Meetings Focus magazine named him to their inaugural list of “Meetings Trendsetters,” and in 2020, Connect magazine named him to their inaugural “Class of 15 over 50 influencers.”
At 6’8”, Rickard is a big man, a big thinker, and is casually known as “the big guy with a bow tie.”