College Announcements: Aug. 1, 2018

August 01, 2018

Summer commencement set for Aug. 11

Summer commencement at University Park is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Doors open at 9 a.m. Graduates should arrive by 9:30 a.m. and enter Gate B. Once in the building, graduates should enter the arena floor via Portal 15 and sit in their college's section; alphabetical arrangement is not necessary. Graduates should be in their seats at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes and include remarks by President Eric Barron, the conferring of degrees, individual recognition of each graduate while crossing the stage, and a welcome into the Penn State Alumni Association.

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Fulbright researchers invited to local reception

Faculty members who have ever received a Fulbright grant should email Bill Shuey in Global Programs at so that they may receive an invitation to a reception hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association to be held at the beginning of the academic year.

University community invited to submit 2019 Class Gift proposals

The Class Gift Executive Committee has officially launched the 2019 campaign by opening up the class gift proposal submission website to the public.

Submissions for gift ideas will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. A group of students, faculty and administrators will then craft a pool of feasible gift ideas that will then be voted on by the 2019 senior class. Voting will begin Oct. 14 and come to an end on Oct. 19. The gift announcement will take place in the HUB-Robeson Center on Oct. 24.

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Student health insurance requirements

Beginning in fall 2019, Penn State will roll out a University-wide student health insurance requirement for all full-time U.S. students. International students are already required to have adequate health insurance coverage while enrolled at Penn State. The requirement will not apply to World Campus students. As part of the new requirement, all students (U.S. students and international students) must provide proof of health insurance coverage that meets certain criteria, or purchase the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan. For details, visit

School for Opportunity Network seeks nominations

Schools for Opportunity, a project led by colleagues at the University of Colorado, seeks candidate schools for their "Schools of Opportunity" recognition program. The program highlights schools that engage in research-based practices as a means to close gaps in opportunity, regardless of the students they serve.

To learn more about Schools for Opportunity or to nominate a school, visit

If you have an announcement you would like to share with the College of Education, send it via email to Submissions must include a contact name and telephone number so that Connections can verify the information.

Last Updated August 01, 2018