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Commencement Guide 2017 (PDF) last updated 2/24/17

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

This ceremony, in celebration of the achievements of the graduates of December 2016, May 2017, and August 2017, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, at the Forum located in the Capitol Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Graduates should report to the back hallway of the Forum no later than 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will end at approximately 12:30 p.m.

COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION

All graduates, their families, and guests are invited to attend a reception immediately following the commencement ceremony at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Light refreshments will be served.

DIRECTIONS TO THE FORUM

From Pennsylvania Turnpike:

Exit PA Turnpike I-76 at Harrisburg East Shore Exit #247. Drive north on I-283 to the junction with I-83. Exit left onto I-83 (Signs will indicate “Harrisburg”). Exit right off I-83 onto Second Street, Exit #43. Proceed north on Second Street. There are traffic lights at Paxton, mid-block, Chestnut and Market streets. Turn right onto Market Street. Proceed east on Market Street. There are traffic lights at Third, Fourth and Fifth streets. Turn left onto Fifth Street. At the end of Fifth Street is Walnut Street. The Forum Building is located directly across the street.

From US 22-322 North:

Drive south on Cameron Street until you come to the interchange of US 22-322 and I-81, follow instructions below.

From Interstate 81 (either direction):

Exit I-81 at Exit 67-A, Cameron Street, South. Drive south on Cameron Street. Turn right onto Market Street (fifth traffic light). Proceed west on Market Street through the subway under railroad tracks. As you exit the subway, turn right onto Fifth Street. At the end of Fifth Street is Walnut Street. The Forum Building is located directly across the street.

From Harrisburg International Airport:

Follow signs out of the airport toward Harrisburg. The airport connector road will lead you onto I-283. Drive North on I-283. Follow remainder of directions under PA Turnpike above from I-283 North.

From US 11 – 15 South:

Route US 11 from Carlisle, and Route 15 from Gettysburg (at the interchange with PA 581, Capital Beltway, a few miles west of Harrisburg.) Take PA 581 north. Follow PA 581 until it joins Interstate I-83 and proceed on Interstate I-83 north across the Susquehanna River. Take the Second Street, Exit 43. Proceed on Second Street to Market Street. Turn right onto Market Street. Proceed East on Market Street. There are traffic lights at Third, Fourth, and Fifth streets. Turn left onto Fifth Street. At the end of Fifth Street is Walnut Street. The Forum Building is directly across the street.

DIRECTIONS TO STATE MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA

The State Museum of Pennsylvania is located at 300 North Street, adjacent to the State Capitol Building in the Capitol Complex.  If walking,  take Commonwealth Avenue to North Street.  Turn left onto North Street.  The museum will be on the right.

LODGING

If you would like to accommodate any of your guests with an overnight stay, we have a short list of options below:

Best Western Premier

Rate: $99.95
Address: 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg PA 17111
Contact: Amy Anderson (717) 561-0080, amy.anderson@thecentralhotelharrisburg.com
Website: http://thecentralhotelharrisburg.com
This hotel is located about ten minutes from The Law School and about ten minutes from The Forum Auditorium. They offer complimentary shuttle service to the airport, bus, and train station. They also offer a $10 voucher for breakfast/the restaurant.

SpringHill Suites (Marriott)

Rate: $122
Address: 15 Capital Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110

Contact: Kirsha Dreiner Damone, (717) 540-5100, Kadmone@khmhotels.com
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/haret-springhill-suites-harrisburg-hershey
This hotel is located about five minutes from The Law School and about fifteen minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Rate: $119.00
Address: 1018 Briarsdale Road, Harrisburg PA 17109
Contact: Corinne Fleming (717) 564-6169
Promotional Booking Code: W7U
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/harff-fairfield-inn-and-suites-harrisburg-hershey
This hotel is located about ten minutes from The Law School and about ten minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

Hilton Harrisburg

Rate: $169.00
Address: One North Second Street, Harrisburg PA 17101
Contact: Eric Wolfer(717) 237-6434
Website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/hilton-harrisburg-MDTHHHF/index.html
This hotel is located about fifteen minutes from The Law School and about 10 minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

Crown Plaza

Rate: $119.00
Address: 23 South Second Street, Harrisburg PA 17101
Contact: Front Desk (717) 234-5021
Website: http://www.reservations.com/hotel/crowne-plaza-harrisburg-hershey?gclid=CLTup_y9oMwCFclkhgodl14OTw
This hotel is located about fifteen minutes from The Law School and about five blocks from The Forum Auditorium.

Hampton Inn & Suites (Hilton)

Rate: $119.00
Address: 30 Capital Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110
Website: http: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/hampton‐inn‐and‐suites‐harrisburgnorth‐HARNOHX/index.html
This hotel is located about five minutes from The Law School and about fifteen minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

PARKING

Because the commencement ceremony and reception take place on a Sunday, free parking is available on the streets surrounding the Capital Complex.  Limited handicap parking is located directly in front of The Forum Auditorium.

SPECIAL NEEDS SEATING

Seating is available for family members and guests confined to wheelchairs or for those who have other conditions that prohibit them from walking to their seats.  The Registrar’s Office has request forms to be completed by Friday, May 8th.  Upon receipt of the completed form, the graduate will receive a pass to present at Commencement in order to gain access to the designated seating areas.  Requests received late will be honored on a space-available basis.  Due to the limitations of seating space, we cannot guarantee that entire families will be seated in the special needs section, but we can accommodate one additional person to be seated in that area with each special needs request.

COMMENCEMENT SECURITY POLICY

No Backpacks, Large Purses, Bags, Etc.

The safety of our students, staff, faculty, and guests is important. In light of recent national events, we are requesting that all graduates and their guests refrain from bringing bags, backpacks, large purses, or containers to the Commencement ceremony. Please leave these items at home or in your vehicle. For the safety and security of our community, Campus Safety officers may search bags and containers that are brought to graduation events. Please do not leave your belongings unattended at any time. Report any unattended bags or suspicious packages to a Campus Safety officer. These security precautions are for your protection.