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Lock Haven University holds virtual graduation celebration

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Screenshot of Craig Willis, former LHU president and commencement speaker, during LHU’s virtual graduation celebration.

Lock Haven University held a virtual graduation celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating Class of 2020. The video was available for viewing on the LHU homepage as well as through a Facebook live video premiere, where more than 1,200 people were online watching together.

The video began with an address from Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president, congratulating the seniors on their graduation and sharing his pride in what they have accomplished this year.

“I wish we were celebrating the completion of your degree together with our Haven Family. All of us gathered as Bald Eagles,” Pignatello said. “I wish I was looking out on your smiling faces so I could see what success looks like – in your eyes. To be with our faculty and staff and your families to celebrate this moment is what makes commencement such a special time in your academic career. Even though we can’t be together right now, we will. I assure you, we will.

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Screenshot of Haleigh Swam, student speaker, during LHU’s virtual graduation celebration.

The video also featured messages from Haleigh Swam, student speaker; Daniel Elby, LHU Council of Trustees chair; Peter Campbell, APSCUF president; Craig Willis, former LHU president and commencement speaker; and several personal messages were offered by LHU alumni from the Class of 1961 to 2019.

A roll call of graduates displayed slides with the names, degrees, honors and photos of nearly 700 graduating seniors. The slides have been made available for download so students, family and friends can celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates through sharing the slides on social media.

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Screenshot of President Robert Pignatello during LHU’s virtual graduation celebration.

The video ended with a performance by Pignatello of a song he wrote himself and dedicated to the Class of 2020, called “Seize the Day.”

The virtual graduation celebration can be viewed on the LHU homepage at or on the LHU Facebook page @LockHavenUniv at

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A sample of one of the student slides for the roll call of graduates during LHU’s virtual graduation celebration.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call 570-484-2011. 

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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.


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