Graduation Information

Graduation Information

Date, Place, and Time

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem

Tickets will be required for each guest who will be attending the ceremony. Seating at the venue will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Ticket Information

Tickets will be required for each guest who will be attending the ceremony. Each graduate will receive a set number of tickets, which can be picked up at the bookstore on the Lehigh Valley campus during graduate cap and gown pickup prior to commencement.

Venue Details

Valet parking will be offered by ArtsQuest. Directions and alternative parking options are available on the ArtsQuest website >>

Ceremony Information

Commencement is a time of celebration and reflection. Come to the ceremony with these thoughts in mind, and help to make this a special occasion for the graduates and for the community of family and friends who gather to join in the celebration. Please honor the significance and the dignity of the occasion. Remember to turn off cell phones and other electronic devices.

2018 Keynote Commencement Speaker

Headshot of Kassie Hilgert

Penn State Alumna Kassie Hilgert is now president and CEO of ArtsQuest.

Image: ArtsQuest

Kassie Hilgert, CEO and President of ArtsQuest and PSU Alumna, will be the featured speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley's 2018 commencement ceremony, to be held on May 5 at ArtsQuest Center at Steelstacks in Bethlehem.

Hilgert graduated from Salisbury High School before graduating from Penn State University in 1997 where she majored in communications. Hilgert has been with ArtsQuest since 2008. In July 2014, following a national search, Hilgert was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to be the organization's second President & CEO. Hilgert has extensive experience in marketing, development, corporate communications and community relations. Prior to her arrival at ArtsQuest, she served as manager of community relations and philanthropy at Air Products and Chemicals. She has also worked at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, where she was the nonprofit's marketing manager, and began her career at Medstar Television.


Each graduate will be photographed as they receive their degree on stage from Dr. Richardson. Our photographer is Dan Johnson of Dan Z. Johnson Photography and he will be taking various candid shots before, during, and after the ceremony. All photographs will be available for purchase directly from him through his website.