Penn State Altoona announces plans for spring commencement

Penn State Altoona's Lion Shrine statue
Credit: Penn State

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona has announced plans for spring 2020 commencement to celebrate the achievements of its 200 graduates.

The University's virtual commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed live, and available internationally, at in celebration of the completion of the academic experience of more than 14,000 Penn State students. The live stream site will also host campus-specific recognitions.

In addition, graduates, friends, and families can visit the Penn State Altoona Commencement website for recognitions including greetings from Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry; a presentation by Associate Dean Peter Hopsicker and the heads of the college's four Academic Divisions; remarks from Alumni Society President Leila Farzam; messages from our four spring 2020 student marshals, remarks from student leader Katie Smeltzer; a message from alumna Linda Lockhart; a performance of the Penn State Alma Mater by graduating student Brandis Ajay; and a compilation of well-wishing messages from faculty and staff.

For those who are not able to tune-in to the virtual ceremony on May 9, it will be recorded and available for later viewing.

While the coronavirus pandemic has led to the University offering this virtual spring 2020 commencement for the Class of 2020, the college invites its graduates to return for a future Penn State Altoona commencement ceremony when public health guidelines allow. Details will be announced in the future as more information becomes known.

Graduates, family, and friends are also encouraged to share photos of in-home celebrations on social media using the hashtag #PSAltoongCongrats and #PSUgrad.