Venango Campus Commencement

Venango Campus Commencement

Friday, May 12, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Robert W. Rhoades Gymnasium
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As you plan for Commencement, there are several things that you will need to know and several important dates for you to remember.  We know that Commencement is an important milestone in your life, and you will want to share it with your friends and family. 

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable R. Lee James

R. Lee James ('74, '83) of Oil City, PA, was appointed to the Council of Trustees in 1997 and reappointed in 2002, 2009, and 2013. Following a career of 40-plus years as a local businessman, working in both the banking and investment management sectors, Mr. James was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November, 2012, serving Venango and Butler Counties. Mr. James is a member of Lodge #363 F & A M, and was honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1972.  He earned a B.S. in economics and MBA from Clarion University.


Each graduate will receive up to six (6) guest tickets. Tickets will not be issued to graduates who are not participating in the ceremony. Tickets may be picked up in the Frame Hall Admissions Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning May 1. A photo ID is required to receive tickets.

Watch your student email for notification of the availability of additional tickets, if any, after May 8.

Degree candidates who are unable to obtain their tickets in advance should contact the Admissions Office at 814-676-6591, ext. 1211 no later than May 1. Your tickets will be held for you to pick up at Commencement rehearsal on Thursday, May 11.

If you and/or your guests require disability accommodations, please let us know so that we can make seating and/or parking arrangements.  Please direct these requests to Hope Lineman 814-393-1215 or

Cap and Gown

 If you have not yet ordered your cap and gown, you should do so in the Venango College Bookstore no later than April 20.  The cost is $35.00 plus tax for cap, gown, and tassel.  Caps and gowns must picked be up at the Bookstore by Thursday, May 11.  Please remember that the only adornments permitted are honor cords, Honors Program cords, and Phi Theta Kappa sashes.


Rehearsal for Commencement will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 in the Rhoades Center gymnasium.  All graduates who are participating in the ceremony are required to attend.


Shuttle service from the First Energy parking lot across West First Street will be available beginning at 5:15 p.m. for your convenience.  Please don't arrive prior to 5:15 p.m., as the gymnasium will be locked until that time.

Student robing for the ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 12.  The ceremony will last approximately one hour. After the ceremony, there will be refreshments for you and your guests to enjoy and celebrate, compliments of the Venango Campus Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Limited space is available in the auditorium for overflow seating and for those who must bring young children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



Last Updated 7/10/17