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Commencement

Due to extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19, the 2020 commencement ceremony has been postponed to December 13, 2020.

Widener Law Commonwealth will honor all of the 2020 graduates with a commencement ceremony at The Forum on Sunday, December 13, 2020. While we recognize and share in the disappointment of this announcement, this decision will safeguard the health and well-being of our graduates, their guests, and the Widener community. The law school will be sharing more details as they become available. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the university has taken a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of the campus community and beyond. Please visit the university's Coronavirus webpage or the law school's Coronavirus webpage for more information. 

Virtual Celebrations

We would not let May 17, 2020 go by without recognizing the Class of 2020 from a safe distance electronically, using the power of virtual connections to pause in celebration and in anticipation for December's commencement at the Forum. We're so proud of your accomplishments!

Video Messages

Attention all alumni, staff, faculty, fellow students, and especially the family and friends of the class of 2020: Share your greetings and well wishes for the class of 2020 as a whole or a specific graduate. Submit your brief video message here. Videos submitted by 7 a.m. will be viewable on Sunday, May 17 at 11 a.m.

May 15 at 4 p.m. 3L Farewell

Graduates are invited to join faculty and staff for a live, 3L Farewell celebration via Zoom. See the email from Dean of Students Randi Teplitz for complete details and the Zoom link and password. A recording of this event will be shared soon.

May 17 at 11 a.m. Virtual Celebration of Graduates

The virtual celebration of graduates' webpage (link below) will be published and available for graduates, family, and friends to access on-demand starting May 17 at 11 a.m. No password is required. The virtual celebration of graduates webpage will include recorded video messages from President Wollman, Dean Johnson, and others, along with personalized slides of each graduate that can be downloaded and shared on social media.

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION OF GRADUATES WEBPAGE (link will work at 11 a.m. on May 17)

Don't forget to use #WidenerLawCWGrad to join the celebration on social media!

COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

This ceremony, in celebration of the achievements of the graduates of December 2019, May 2020, and August 2020, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 13, 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 Noon.

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: $121.95
Address: 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg PA 17111
Contact: Front Desk (717) 561-2800
Website
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 discounted breakfast for our commencement guests.

SpringHill Suites (Marriott)

Rate: $122
Address: 15 Capital Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110
Contact: Kirsha Dreiner Damone, (717) 540-5100, [email protected]
Website
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
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: Steve Hess (717) 237-6434
Website 
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
This hotel is located about fifteen minutes from The Law School and about five blocks 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.

ACCOMMODATION 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 that must be completed by Friday, May 1.  Once the form is completed and returned to the Registrar’s Office, the graduate will receive a pass to present at Commencement in order to gain access to the designated seating areas.  Late requests 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 that section, but one additional person may be seated with each 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.