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Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) will honor the Class of 2024 at its 17th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at The Forum Auditorium in downtown Harrisburg. HU expects over 1,500 attendees celebrating the graduates’ individual and collective accomplishments. 

Part of Harrisburg University’s founding mission is to create an environment of STEM-focused higher learning that reflects current workforce needs and the demographic realities on the ground in Central Pennsylvania. HU is proud to stand on a foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion; its student body closely resembles the diverse makeup of the greater Harrisburg area, and its academic programs mirror both the working environments and the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of the real-world workforce. 

HU’s annual Commencement Exercises provide an ideal moment to reflect on how well the university has upheld these priorities. Who is the Class of 2024? 

Class of 2024: At a Glance 

  • 807 students will graduate in the Class of 2024. 
  • 48 percent of this year’s graduates identify as female
  • The average age of HU’s 2024 graduates is 29
  • Our graduates come to us from 42 states and 69 countries
  • 83 percent of undergraduates are from Pennsylvania; 31 percent are from Central Pennsylvania (Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York Counties).  
  • 56 percent of undergraduates are from minority backgrounds. 

Class of 2024: Degrees Conferred 

In 2021, across the United States, 62 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent of master’s degrees, and 65 percent of doctoral degrees earned at postsecondary schools were awarded to men. Harrisburg University proudly graduates a higher proportion of women than the national average, continually working to advance the number of women receiving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-aligned degrees at all levels.  

Here’s how Harrisburg University compares: 

Bachelor of Science: 

  • Female: 41 (40 percent) 
  • Male: 61 (60 percent) 
  • Total graduates: 102 
  • Average age of graduate: 23.7 years

Master of Science:

  • Female: 345 (50 percent) 
  • Male: 352 (50 percent) 
  • Total graduates: 697 
  • Average age of graduate: 30.2 years


  • Female: 3 (37.5 percent)
  • Male: 5 (62.5 percent)
  • Total graduates: 8
  • Average age of graduate: 38.0 years

Altogether, the Class of 2024 will graduate from 14 distinctive bachelor’s programs and 13 master’s programs. Here are the top three for the Class of 2024:

Bachelor’s degree programs:

Master’s degree programs:

Many of HU’s degree programs offer convenient, asynchronous schedules. We know that learning is a lifelong endeavor, and we welcome degree seekers of all ages, from all walks of life. The great diversity of lived experiences on our campuses only strengthens and enriches our entire university community. 

Moreover, with small class sizes taught by thought leaders in their respective fields, HU students receive unparalleled one-on-one interaction with professors who guide them to success. Whether it’s graduate school or the workforce, HU students are sought after because of the hands-on experience and expertise they possess when they graduate. 

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and extended university family, we extend a heartfelt congratulations to this year’s graduates. We can’t wait to see where your dreams and degrees take you! 

For more information about Harrisburg University’s 17th Commencement Exercises, visit


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