Learn about May Commencement.
Are you graduating? Do you want to say thank you or share one of your most memorable moments at HACC at the ceremony?
No matter what your journey has been, there are probably individuals who have encouraged you, motivated you –and perhaps walked with you to class and helped create lasting memories.
Whether it's your mom, a professor, your child or a friend, we are giving you the opportunity to say thank you.
We are collecting short videos to play at Commencement. If you would like to say thank you or share one of your most memorable moments at HACC, please:
1. Complete the Permission for Photography, Quotes, Videography form(pdf)
2. Share your message on video
3. Keep the video to 20 seconds or less
4. Email the signed Permission for Photography, Quotes, Videography form (pdf) and video file to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on May 11, 2015
The videos will be played before the Commencement ceremony for your family members and friends.
Where and when is the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony?
HACC will hold the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Giant Center, Hershey, PA.
Streaming of the Commencement Ceremony is available at:
Can I participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony?
HACC invites you to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony if you are eligible to graduate in the Spring or Summer terms.
Will HACC include my name in the commencement program?
HACC will include your name in the program if you:
- Submit your graduation application by April 1
- Potentially qualify for graduation
When will I get my diploma?
HACC mails degrees, certificates and diplomas approximately four weeks after final certification.
Where can I get a cap and gown?
You can buy your cap and gown at each campus bookstore. Refer to your specific campus bookstore for hours of operation.
Are there graduation photos?
Professional photography services will be available before and during the ceremony. You can get your picture taken:
You are under no obligation to purchase any photos.
Is there a graduation DVD?
HACC will record the Commencement Ceremony. You can buy your copy for $15:
Call Mireya Villalobos Duran at (717) 736-4141 for questions.
Can I invite guests?
You may invite as many guests as you wish to the ceremony. Guests should report directly to the Giant Center guest seating.
Where should I report for the ceremony?
I or my guest has a disability. Where should we park?
Candidates and guests with disabilities may park in designated handicap areas.
If you are participating in the ceremony and have a disability, call Nancy Bobersky at 717-736-4145 by May 10 before 4 p.m. HACC uses closed captioning during the ceremony to assist people with hearing impairments.
Where can I get a commencement program and other mementos?
A commencement program will be on your seat.
Flowers and commencement mementos will be for sale in the concourse area.
What is the ceremony order?
- The procession: Candidates will lead the graduation procession. Faculty, the trustees and platform guests follow them. Candidates will form a double line by campus for the procession and recession. Candidates will follow the Student Marshals during the ceremony.
- During the ceremony: Candidates should pay close attention to Dr. Ski, President of the College, for instructions during the entire ceremony. Candidates need to remain seated during the ceremony.
- The recessional: The students will lead the recessional. Faculty, Trustees and Platform guests will follow. The ceremony should last approximately two hours. HACC expects all candidates to remain and participate in the entire ceremony.
What happens after graduation?
- The Alumni Association welcomes you to join them. You can purchase an Alumni card for $25 annually. Alumni Association members are always welcome on campus. You can use designated facilities including tennis courts, pool and library. Visit the Alumni table in the concourse area for more information.
- Visit Career Services for assistance with resumes, interview skills and your job search.
- Talk to a transfer counselor for questions or assistance with your next steps.