Learn about December Commencement.
Where and when is the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony?
HACC will hold the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Giant Center, Hershey, PA.
How can I say thank you at graduation?
Would you like to express your appreciation to family and friends who have supported you on the way to graduation? Whether it’s your mom, a professor, your child or a friend, we are giving you the opportunity to say thank you.
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. Record your message
3. Keep the video to 20 seconds or less
4. Send an email using the subject line “Fall 2017 Commencement Video Submission” to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
5. Do so by Nov. 27, 2017
Note: If the directions above are not followed, the video will not be shared at Commencement.
Please feel free to watch videos from our spring 2017 Commencement ceremony and use these tips when recording your video.
Can I participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony?
HACC invites you to participate in the December Commencement Ceremony if you are eligible to graduate in the Fall term.
When will I get commencement information?
If you applied by October 1 to graduate, HACC will mail commencement information in October.
HACC will send a final confirmation letter during the last week of November.
Will HACC include my name in the commencement program?
HACC will include your name in the program if you:
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. Please allow approximately one week for GradImages to finalize photos. Photos can be viewed on GradImages website after December 27, 2017.
Informal photos are available on HACC's Flickr page.
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 we park?
You and guests must park in designated parking areas.
Handicapped parking is available in the front of the Giant Center for vehicles with handicap plates or placards. If you do not have a handicap plate or placard, you may drop off a person with limited mobility closer to the main entrance before parking in the general parking lot.
Where should I report for the ceremony?
What if I need special accommodations?
If you are participating in the ceremony and have a disability, call the Office of Student Affairs at 717-736-4145 or 717-736-4141 by Dec.14.
Special accommodations for guests:
HACC uses closed captioning during the ceremony to assist people with hearing impairments. Specially designated wheelchair sections are shown on the Giant Center Seating Chart. One companion seat is allotted per guest in a wheelchair.
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?
What happens after graduation?