Commencement - Penn State Altoona

Fall 2015 Commencement

Penn State Altoona's fall 2015 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Jaffa Shrine in Altoona.

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

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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.

Professional Photography

To commemorate this milestone occasion, a professional photograph will be taken of each graduate being congratulated by the chancellor. No pre-orders will be taken. Rather, photos can be viewed and ordered after commencement by visiting the Film Center's Web site.

In order to avoid congestion and to maintain decorum during the ceremony, we ask that family and friends refrain from approaching the platform when taking pictures or using a video camera.

About the Jaffa Shrine

Altoona’s Jaffa Temple was chartered on July 9, 1903; the dedication of the Jaffa Mosque at Chestnut Avenue and Seventeenth Street occurred on August 29, 1920. Rapid growth of membership resulted in the establishment of larger headquarters.

Thus, on September 25, 1930, the present Jaffa Shrine was dedicated and opened, celebrating twenty-seven years of growth and development.

Although the Jaffa Shrine has not changed since its dedication, through efforts of the trustees and the Jaffa Improvement Association, thousands of dollars have been expended each year to update and improve the building. Various activities, both social and philanthropic, have been the source of the Shrine’s success over the years.

The Shrine Circus each spring is the biggest and most successful activity at the Shrine, hosting nearly 6,000 persons, including hundreds of school children. The Jaffa Shrine also is host to concerts, seminars, trade shows, banquets, and other events throughout the year. Penn State Altoona celebrated it seventieth anniversary at the Jaffa Shrine on October 25, 2009, with a concert by the Doobie Brothers.

Commencement Speaker

Steven B. Wagman

Steven B. Wagman Headshot

Steve Wagman retired as vice president for Enterprise Solutions Implementation at Siemens Medical Solutions, USA, after thirty-three years of service in June 2015. Over the course of his career, Wagman led organizations in healthcare information technology implementation and strategic consulting; medical imaging site planning, design, and construction services; and program management for Siemens One (cross-sector) strategic relationships in healthcare.

Wagman also represented the Siemens US Healthcare organization in the global Project Management at Siemens forum, working with colleagues internationally in the delivery of products and services to Siemens customers globally. He also served as the chair for the Siemens USA Healthcare Diversity & Inclusion Council, which was nationally recognized as an Association of ERGs and Diversity Council Top 25 organization for three consecutive years.

In addition to these responsibilities, Wagman served as the Siemens USA Corporation relationship executive to The Pennsylvania State University, where Siemens developed a long-term strategic relationship.

Wagman is a 1982 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Health Planning and Administration (HPA) and maintains his ongoing involvement as a student mentor and guest lecturer, while serving as a past-president for the HPA Affiliate Program Group. He is the current vice president and member of the Executive Board of the Penn State Alumni Association, and previously served as the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and on the Membership Committee. Wagman also has served on the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Executive Board, as an advisory board member for the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems, and as the chair for the Corporate and Foundation Relations Advisory Committee for the Penn State endowment fundraising program (previously the “For the Future Campaign–The Campaign for Penn State Students”). Wagman is also an alumni admissions volunteer for Penn State in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Wagman also completed coursework in the MHA program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, the Project Management Institute, the Association of ERGs and Diversity Councils, and sits on the Customer Advisory Board for ModSpace/MedBuild Corporation. Wagman also serves as a volunteer with Special Olympics.

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