Summer Shines on Penn College’s August Grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology held a commencement ceremony Saturday for nearly 250 students who petitioned to graduate following the Summer 2013 semester. The student speaker for the 11 a.m. proceedings in the Community Arts Center was Katherine P. Wylezik, of Bernville, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration and an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant. In addition to honoring the day’s graduates, the college recognized an alumnus’ mentorship of horticulture students.

− Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue; and Joseph S. Yoder, public information director

Class representative Katherine P. Wylezik

Class representative Katherine P. Wylezik

Alumni award-winner Ronald A. Burger

Alumni award-winner Ronald A. Burger

Smiling in the arms of a new grad

Smiling in the arms of a new grad

President Davie A. Gilmour welcomes graduates and guests to the Community Arts Center.

President Davie A. Gilmour welcomes graduates and guests to the Community Arts Center.

Emergency Medical Services graduate Daniel R. Harrison happily receives his congratulations.

Emergency Medical Services graduate Daniel R. Harrison happily receives his congratulations.

Joseph C. Sarmento, graduating in applied health studies: radiography concentration, proceeds to the Community Arts Center.

Joseph C. Sarmento, graduating in applied health studies: radiography concentration, proceeds to the Community Arts Center.

A salute to veterans

A salute to veterans

It's all smiles as the student speaker unwinds with (from left) Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.

It’s all smiles as the student speaker unwinds with (from left) Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost; Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; and Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.

Jocelyn E. Moyer’s cap reflects her love for Wildcat soccer and occupational therapy assistants.

Jocelyn E. Moyer’s cap reflects her love for Wildcat soccer and occupational therapy assistants.

President Gilmour talks with Steven P. Johnson, a member of the college's board of directors.

President Gilmour talks with Steven P. Johnson, a member of the college’s board of directors.

Showing off an impressive new accessory

Showing off an impressive new accessory

The president turns the tassel of Katherine P. Wylezik ...

The president turns the tassel of Katherine P. Wylezik …

... as the student speaker's classmates follow suit.

… as the student speaker’s classmates follow suit.

Alumni honoree Ronald A. Burger, second from left, joins (from left) Jeremy L. Thorne, a May graduate in ornamental horticulture who nominated him for the mentorship award; President Gilmour; and Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor in the college's School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies.

Alumni honoree Ronald A. Burger, second from left, joins (from left) Jeremy L. Thorne, a May graduate in ornamental horticulture who nominated him for the mentorship award; President Gilmour; and Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies.

Soaking in the moment

Soaking in the moment

A euphoric procession

A euphoric procession

“We love mom.” Mom is Amy L. Turner, a nursing grad ...

“We love mom.” Mom is Amy L. Turner, a nursing grad …

... who sneaks a pre-commencement hug from a young well-wisher.

… who sneaks a pre-commencement hug from a young well-wisher.

A well-deserved cheer

A well-deserved cheer

With justifiable pride in themselves, students can't help but smile.

With justifiable pride in themselves, students can’t help but smile.

Robert Slothus, director of radiography, poses with a new graduate.

Robert Slothus, director of radiography, poses with a new graduate.

Beaming her way out of the Community Arts Center

Beaming her way out of the Community Arts Center

Fully participating in the celebration – with their favorite graduate’s cap and corsage.

Fully participating in the celebration – with their favorite graduate’s cap and corsage.

A grin of accomplishment

A grin of accomplishment

A child totes Penn College-blue flowers for her graduate.

A child totes Penn College-blue flowers for her graduate.

Hugs for all

Hugs for all

Adding to the occasion's celebratory air

Adding to the occasion’s celebratory air

Graduates cross the stage to receive administrative acknowledgement of their noteworthy accomplishment.

Graduates cross the stage to receive administrative acknowledgement of their noteworthy accomplishment.

A graduate poses with loved ones to commemorate the day.

A graduate poses with loved ones to commemorate the day.

The morning's V.I.P.s move through the arts center foyer.

The morning’s V.I.P.s move through the arts center foyer.

The Registrar’s Office’s Gail A. Ritchey helps a candidate adjust his hood.

The Registrar’s Office’s Gail A. Ritchey helps a candidate adjust his hood.

Her cap says “Nurses Rock” – and her face does, too.

Her cap says “Nurses Rock” – and her face does, too.

With as many devices as there are camera angles, photographers document the day.

With as many devices as there are camera angles, photographers document the day.

The occupational therapy assistant Class of 2013

The occupational therapy assistant Class of 2013

Associate-degree candidates exude joy on their big day.

Associate-degree candidates exude joy on their big day.

Students pause for a photo as they leave the arts center.

Students pause for a photo as they leave the arts center.

The celebration spreads to the venue's upper reaches.

The celebration spreads to the venue’s upper reaches.

Remarks from the provost

Remarks from the provost

Final touches at the Genetti-ballroom staging area

Final touches at the Genetti-ballroom staging area

Penn College Education Association President Kenneth C. Kuhns, assistant professor of electrical technology/occupations, carries the college mace.

Penn College Education Association President Kenneth C. Kuhns, assistant professor of electrical technology/occupations, carries the college mace.

Baking and pastry arts majors Cameron J. Stewart, Amanda J. Bickel and Danica C. Mazzotta gather with their dean, Fred W. Becker.

Baking and pastry arts majors Cameron J. Stewart, Amanda J. Bickel and Danica C. Mazzotta gather with their dean, Fred W. Becker.

Radiography grads pose with Cletus G. Waldman, the program’s clinical director.

Radiography grads pose with Cletus G. Waldman, the program’s clinical director.

Good vibrations abound

Good vibrations abound

Graduates from plastics and polymer engineering technology march into their future.

Graduates from plastics and polymer engineering technology march into their future.

Family photos with a mentor – Radiography Director Robert Slothus.

Family photos with a mentor – Radiography Director Robert Slothus.

Wearable artwork shows a well-rounded education.

Wearable artwork shows a well-rounded education.