Frank E. Dittenhafer II
Frank E. Dittenhafer II, president of Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects (Submitted)

Penn State York will feature the architect of many of the campus buildings as its commencement speaker this week, while York College will honor its retiring president at May 18's ceremony.

Penn State York's 43rd spring commencement, held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, will include an address by Frank Dittenhafer II.

Dittenhafer, a Penn State University graduate and Dover High School graduate, is president of Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. The firm designed the Pullo center, the Glatfelter Library, the Lair student lounge and the Swenson Engineering Center on campus.

Dittenhafer, who serves on many nonprofit and community boards in the area, is a York resident.

For those who cannot attend the free event, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast channel 18 and will also stream online at The ceremony will also include the traditional open mic segment for students.

York College honors president: At York College, retiring president George Waldner, at the helm since 1991, will be honored along with his wife, Judith, as part of the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

Waldner, who also is having the performing arts center named in his honor, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters along with Judith. Waldner helped oversee the growth of York College in enrollment - up from 2,900 students to 4,600 students in his tenure - and in campus facilities - the campus had built $250 million in renovations and new construction.


York College also will be handing out their first five Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees to five graduates. About 700 students will be getting a degree.

Tickets are required for seating under the tent on the campus lawn, where the ceremony is held. A live video stream of commencement at will begin at 10 a.m. The ceremony will begin shortly after.