Move in Day

The Ship community came out in full force to welcome our newest students and their families in August! Students, faculty, and staff flexed their muscles to quickly get our first-years unpacked and to their rooms. Our Ship Crew 2022 got acclimated to campus during cookouts, fireworks, an ice cream social, the annual faculty/student soccer game, and plenty of other activities. Convocation provided an opportunity for classmates to gather together to launch their academic careers at Ship and to support each other knowing that in four years, they would return to the same place for commencement. We wish our Ship Crew 2022 nothing but success!

Family Time

Ship families came out in force in September to enjoy time together on campus. Parents and siblings joined Ship students for activities ranging from breakfast with President Laurie Carter to obstacle courses and balloon creations.

Construction Updates

Fall semester kicked off a rebranding of Mowrey Hall, which was renovated from a former residence hall to the new Student Success Center. Mowrey now houses services for exploratory studies, the Learning Center, the Academic Success Center, International Programs, the First-Year Experience, and community engagement. Other campus updates include Heiges Field House, which got a facelift in September with a brand-new floor, and a new ramp and steps at Seth Grove Stadium.

Graduate Commencement

On Friday, May 12, 2017, approximately 250 graduate students earned their degrees at the Luhrs Center. “In the middle of difficulty comes opportunity. …It is in these times that you will meet some amazing people and learn more about yourself and your capabilities if you’re open to the experiences," said Erin Bailey ’04-’10M, associate business analyst for The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and graduate
commencement speaker.

Undergraduate Commencement

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, about 1,000 degrees were awarded to undergraduate students in Heiges Field House. “The thing you should remind yourself every day is, there are no ordinary moments.  …The most powerful moment for you to achieve what you want to make happen in your life is the present moment,” said Tom Abell, president of Gannon Association, board member of the Shippensburg University Foundation, and undergraduate commencement speaker

Welcoming Our New President

On May 18, the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education named Dr. Laurie A. Carter as the seventeenth president of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Carter, who is executive vice president and university counsel for Eastern Kentucky University, will join Ship on August 7.




News literacy, ticks, and workplace discrimination were just a few of the research topics covered by more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students from disciplines across campus during the Minds@Work Conference in April. Dr. Eric Smith, program director for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, also discussed the power behind the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope during the annual Kirkland/Spizuoco Memorial Science Lecture on campus in April.



Ship celebrated StewardSHIP Week 2017 both on and off campus in April. The week kicked off with cleanup at Hammonds Rock in Michaux State Forest. On the quad, vendors, campus clubs, and organizations featured activities and raised awareness about environmental causes. Ship also marked Arbor Day by planting new trees around campus.