Chancellor and Dean Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry

A Message to Parents

Please Join Us!

On behalf of Penn State Altoona, I invite you to join us at our college’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony at the Jaffa Shrine, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. I congratulate you on your student’s achievements and happily anticipate celebrating this significant milestone with you. To ensure a smooth and successful commencement day, please peruse this site, where you will find information about travel, logistics, photography, and more.

I look forward to joining with you on December 17 for a wonderful day of celebration.

Dr. Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
Chancellor and Dean

Fall 2016 Ceremony

Penn State Altoona's fall 2016 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona.

GRADUATES, click Commencement Details on the menu to find out more about the ceremony.


Because of the large number of seats available at the Jaffa Shrine, no tickets are required for guests to attend the ceremony. Likewise there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate.

Commencement Speaker

Rebecca Strzelec

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Rebecca Strzelec

Rebecca Strzelec is a professor of visual arts and program coordinator of the Visual Art Studies degree program at Penn State Altoona. Strzelec earned her BFA in 2000 and MFA in 2002 from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. Her work consists of wearable objects which are created via computer-aided design, three-dimensional modeling, and 3D printing. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Fuller Craft Museum, Racine Art Museum, and the private collection of Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Strzelec’s work has been featured in many exhibitions in prominent contemporary craft galleries/venue in the U.S. and abroad.

Strzelec is a Penn State Alumni Teaching Fellow and the 2016- 2017 Penn State Laureate. She also has served as chair of the SIGGRAPH 2012 conference, an annual event that brought over 21,000 people connected to computer graphics and interactive techniques to Los Angeles. Strzelec lives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two children, and super mutt Lefty.

For questions concerning commencement ceremonies:
Contact the Office of University Relations
Beech House, 814-949-5105

For questions concerning graduation requirements:
Contact , Registrar
E130 Smith Building, 814-949-5035