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15 December 2020

HACC Celebrates Graduating Students at First-Ever Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Celebration included surprise tuition giveaways 

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, virtually celebrated the remarkable achievements of its spring and summer 2020 graduates, and students eligible to graduate in the fall 2020 semester on Dec. 15, 2020. 

The ceremony included brief remarks from:

  • John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D., HACC president and CEO
  • Patrick McMunn, Ph.D., HACC instructor of psychology
  • Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, vice president of college advancement at HACC and executive director of the HACC Foundation
  • Kathy Naylor, fall 2020 student representative
  • Cynthia A. Doherty, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs at HACC
  • Brianna Campbell, HACC alumna

Sygielski applauded the classes of 2020 for their achievements, especially in the times of a global pandemic. He said, “Our students are saving lives on the healthcare frontlines, completing their schoolwork while educating young children at home and caring for loved ones. All of us at HACC will continue to remain proud of these achievements for many months to come.”
The HACC Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises private contributions in support of HACC, surprised attendees and provided 25 $1,000 tuition giveaways to graduates to be used for the graduates’ family members. Carter added, “The HACC Foundation is #HACCproud to continue transforming the lives of our current and future HACC students.”
HACC graduates will continue to impact their communities and enter the workforce as nurses, electricians, teachers and caregivers. Many graduates will continue their education at four-year institutions.
The College received support from its Commencement sponsor, Glatfelter Insurance Group.
A full list of graduates will be available on our website. Please visit HACC’s Flickr site for images of the graduates.
Photo Caption: HACC’s President and CEO John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D. virtually congratulates HACC’s classes of 2020

About HACC
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 17,000 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), follow us on Instagram (@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.
About the HACC Foundation
The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. The HACC Foundation provides funding for student scholarships, innovative academic programs, state-of-the art training equipment and modernized facilities. To learn more about the HACC Foundation, please visit To contribute to the HACC Foundation, please visit

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