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Spring Commencement Information

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm, DuBois Country Club


Spring 2016 Commencement Speaker U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson

Commencement Speaker:  U.S. Representative Glenn Thompson

Congressman Glenn Thompson represents Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, spanning North Central Pennsylvania. He was first elected in 2008, and was sworn in for his third term in January of 2013.

Thompson is a life-long resident of Howard Township, Centre County. Previously, he worked for nearly 30 years in healthcare as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed nursing home administrator. Thompson serves on the House Agricultural Committee, including the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Education and Workforce Committee. He is the author and a contributor to many pieces of legislation that have passed into law that address significant issues facing the nation. Those include the Service Members’ Telemedicine & E-Health Portability, or STEP Act. Now Public Law 112-81, it expands the Department of Defense (DOD) state licensure exemption to allow credentialed health care professionals to work across state borders without having to obtain a new state license. This legislation removes requirements under current law so that geographic location is no longer an obstacle to the delivery of care for service members. The law will also allow more licensed professional to treat veterans and service members, and gives them the ability to also use new telemedicine and e-health technologies for quicker and more efficient help.

Involved in a variety of community initiatives in his person life, Thompson is a volunteer fire fighter, and a 30 year veteran of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council. Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout himself, Thompson has also served as a scoutmaster and as the council president.

Thompson is a graduate of Penn State and Temple Universities, where he earned a B.S. and a Masters of Education, respectively. He and his wife Penny Ammerman Thompson have three adult sons.


Instructions for Graduates

Follow these steps to be included in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremony:

Declare your intent to graduate – Check your degree audit with your academic advisor to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met. Activate your intent to graduate on eLion.  If the deadline has passed, contact the Registrar’s office for help completing this process. Check your address on eLion:  Make sure your home and local mailing addresses are correct by selecting the “Address Information” tab.  You will be receiving important graduation information by mail.  If you do not attend the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to your home address, so it is very important that the university has your correct address on file.

R.S.V.P.:  Complete and return the Commencement Participation Sheet enclosed in the mailing to Kim Lumadue's mailbox in the upper level of the Hiller Building or electronically complete the online registration form found here: Registration Form


We request that you limit your guests to six for the Spring 2016 ceremony.   If you want to invite more, we request that you check with the Chancellor’s office (375-4705) closer to the time of the ceremony to see if they can be accommodated.

Graduation with Distinction:

Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Chancellor’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors.  The registrar’s site lists by college the requirements for the “distinction” designation. You may find the requirements at this website.

Disability Accommodations:

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you are a graduating student with a disability that requires assistance at commencement, please let Kim Lumadue know (375-4722 or kal24@psu.edu) as soon as possible.

Ordering Your Cap and Gown:

All participants must wear the proper academic regalia (traditional cap and gown) to participate in the graduation ceremonies. All caps and gowns (for both baccalaureate and associate degrees) will be blue with a white tassel and are eco-friendly, made of a wood-based fabric from renewable, managed forests.  Graduates and potential graduates who are participating in the Commencement ceremonies can purchase a cap/gown/tassel set from a University bookstore for $40.   Please contact the campus bookstore to give them your size. Honors cords will be provided for those students by the Chancellor’s Office for those designated as graduating with honors.  For class ring and graduation announcement orders, see Josten’s website at: www.jostens.com

Graduation Day Lineup: 

Graduates and members of the graduation party will assemble in the Ballroom A at the DuBois Country Club by 6:30 pm. The University is requesting that graduates and guests conduct themselves with the proper decorum and respect that Commencement should receive.  Improper displays will not be tolerated.

Reception Following Commencement: 

A reception for graduates and guests will be held immediately following the graduation exercises at the DuBois Country Club.