On this day, it’s a very lucky number.
Spring’s Class of ’13 Honored in Three Commencement Ceremonies
Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 17-18 for more than 875 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2013 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings honored students from the schools of Business and Computer Technologies, Hospitality, and Transportation Technology. The schools of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Integrated Studies and Natural Resources Management were spotlighted Saturday morning; students from the schools of Construction and Design Technologies and Health Sciences graduated that afternoon. The student speakers were Kierstin G. Steer, South Williamsport, who received a bachelor’s degree in technology management Friday; Kyle S. Mullin, of Pottsville, who received a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology Saturday morning; and Jonathan M. Probst, of Allison Park, who received a bachelor’s degree in residential construction technology and management Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed Distinguished Teaching Awards, two alumni awards and a posthumous degree to Michael Storm Fischer.
Student blog: Graduates at Last (featuring Penn College Commencement in 90 Seconds)
− Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor; Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer;
Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue; Joseph S. Yoder, public information director;
Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer; and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday
Friday’s speaker, Kierstin G. Steer
Speaker Kyle S. Mullin keeps the mood light.
Jonathan M. Probst at the podium
Genuine joy shines through.
Master Teacher and daughter (who made a surprise visit from Maine)
Quick on his feet, award-winning speech instructor John D. Maize delivers on an impromptu assignment.
Excellence in Teaching honoree Ryan P. Good says the best award is the opportunity to teach students.
President Davie Jane Gilmour joins the family of Michael Storm Fischer in the Capitol Lounge prior to Saturday morning’s ceremony, at which she awarded him a posthumous degree. Fischer, a member of and volunteer coach for the Wildcat cross-country team and a student photographer for College Information and Community Relations, died last summer – just shy of earning a degree in industrial and human factors design.
Kathrine E. Dixon offers an enthusiastic graduation-day greeting.
Business administration: marketing concentration Megan L. Ripka, with friend and co-worker Heidi V. Mack
The overriding sentiment of the weekend
The recipient of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award, Jennifer R. Brinkley is an inspiration to young woman in so-called STEM careers.
Alumni mentor Robert Capps offers tips for graduates embarking on full-time employment.
Bachelor’s-degree graduates Ryan J. and Kierstin G. Steer gather for a celebratory family photo with (from left) sister, Anna; mother Rebecca A. (an Admissions Office assistant at Penn College); sister Jamie L. (a human services student at the college); and father Ralph. Kierstin, Friday’s student speaker, earned a degree in technology management; her brother graduated in plastics and polymer engineering technology.
A little help from a friend in graduation preparations
Graduates seize the moment in a variety of ways: the acknowledgement of family members whooping from the loge …
… the chillness of a “hang 10” gesture …
… apprehension that turns to sheer satisfaction …
… the poignant power of a silent wave …
… and the triumphant fist pump.
Board of Directors Chairman Robert A. Secor offers his encouragement to a new graduate.
A justifiably proud grin for the camera
Christopher H. Van Stavoren, an assistant professor of automotive technology (center), reconnects with students after Friday’s ceremony.
Emblems of a special day: programs, diplomas, honor cords – and the hands with which new alumni will craft their futures.
Veterans – wearing honor cords of red, white and blue – stand to be recognized by an appreciative audience.
Gerri F. Luke, face buried at center, registers the shock of recognition as President Davie Jane Gilmour reveals her selection as Master Teacher.
Thomas E. Ask, associate professor of industrial and human factors design, reads the inscription on the back of his hand-painted glass artwork that he presented to Michael S. Fischer’s family. The painting, which depicts the rolling green hills that were the late cross-country runner’s playground, is signed by Ask with the words: “For Michael Fischer, a designer of wonderful things who left before we were ready.”
Brian M. Guinter, graduating with an associate degree in early childhood education.
Penn College’s entrance sign poses a fitting backdrop for graduates and families capturing one last photo before their exit …
… including Jenna H. Weston, a forest technology student …
… Murtdha M. Al-Abdullah, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major …
… and Alexander T. Reiver, who earned a two-year degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.
Robert M. Fischer points out a group of former cross-country runners who gathered in the balcony on behalf of his son.
Graduates from the School of Health Sciences pause with Tina M. Evans, associate professor of applied health studies.
Applied human services graduate Ellen M. Bardo
Brian Arnold, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration major who will be commissioned in August as an Army ROTC officer, takes part in one of Saturday’s ceremonies.
Spotting friends in high places
Savoring the moment
Board of Directors Award-winner Judy L. McMullen, an applied human services graduate, has her photo taken with her faculty adviser, Susan Slamka, and her proud children.
Graduates smile as they wait in front of the Community Arts Center.
A beaming Kathleen K. Hart says it all.
Eager to tackle what lies ahead
Synchronize your watches: Registrar Denny Dunkleberger apprises students of their imminent departure from The Genetti.
The president congratulates Kierstin G. Steer after turning her tassel as class representative.
A nursing grad adds a personal touch to her graduation garb.
A round of smiles
A happy fan helps Alyssa K. Bedison celebrate her associate degree in legal assistant/paralegal.
School of Hospitality graduate Megan E. Endres: another “degrees that work” success story
An unfading smile carries a graduate to the Community Arts Center.
Ashley M. Stuck, an applied human services major, registers her graduation gladness .
Added ingredients enhance the mortarboard of Jessica A. Reppert, a culinary arts and systems major from Northampton.
Enjoying his day in the sun
Moving quickly into an exciting future
Graduating in business administration: human resource management concentration, Matthew D. Christopher shakes hands with proud father Daniel K., assistant professor of health information.
A furry friend finds Lady Wildcat Kierstin G. Steer.
Nursing graduates show the results of their cap-decorating “party.”
As his seated classmates move their tassels from right to left in unison, Kyle S. Mullin continues a graduation tradition.
Early childhood education major Amanda A. Galer
A multigenerational celebration
Relieved veterans of MGT497, a Business Policy and Strategy capstone course, jubilantly assemble in a hotel ballroom.
A less-than-subtle shout-out to a No. 1 fan
How’s the day going? Very well, indeed!
The family of the late Michael S. Fischer visits a commemorative brick on campus prior to Saturday morning’s ceremony.
The Friday afternoon crowd files out of the Community Arts Center in this view from above the marquee.
Striking a pose with a faculty mentor
The Wildcat makes its rounds.
Amber B. Phillips, an applied human services graduate, exults by the entrance fountains.
Elliott Strickland with Saturday morning’s student speaker
Multiple devices capture a singular event.
Gowns of blue (associate degree students) and black (baccalaureate candidates) fill the center orchestra section.
While waiting to enter the auditorium, President Gilmour (center) talks with Chairman Secor and Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.
Cross-country teammates, coach Michael J. Paulhamus (under the “D” in “WILDCATS”) and the Fischer family meet for a postcommencement luncheon at the Paulhamus home in South Williamsport.
Robin K. Morrison, graduating in the two-year hospitality management major, draws encouragement from Chef Paul E. Mach, assistant professor of hospitality management and culinary arts.
Relishing their academic accomplishment
Anita R. Girton, assistant professor of computer information technology (right), congratulates daughter Anna Maree Manciet as she receives a bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media.
Nathan M. Galbraith supplements his electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis degree with a snack.
A day to share with friends …
… friends …
and more friends.
Health information technology graduate Tiffany S. Vaughn carries balloons and optimism.
Helping a photographer frame the image
Drew F. Graves, a diesel technology grad, with an entourage that knows how to travel
A bear hug lifts the mascot off its paws.
A turn of the tassel makes it official for Jonathan M. Probst.
Chefs Charles R. Niedermyer and Michael J. Ditchfield, faculty members in the School of Hospitality, share in their students’ proud day.
A moment with Dad
A future so bright, they’ve gotta wear shades
Director of Nursing Sharon G. Auker (face hidden) offers a congratulatory hug to a nursing grad.
A milestone moment with the president
Laughing it up with classmates is part of the weekend’s celebration.
A special visitor greets commencement guests.
Surroundings that beautifully fit the majesty of the moment
An obvious sense of accomplishment
Spring flowers and a window on the season’s greenery adorn a reception in the Keystone Dining Room.
A photo op gives classmates one more reason to stick together.
A bump from a booster
Sharing a family occasion
Kelly M. Lucas-Clark, a nursing major commissioned last week in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, is congratulated by President Gilmour.
Friday’s procession is blessed by sunshine – and a visit from the college mascot.
An appropriate adornment for an early childhood education major’s cap.
Yes, gentlemen, you did it!
A colorful crowd cheers as soon-to-be grads march in.
Saturday afternoon’s student speaker, Jonathan M. Probst, has a last-minute meeting with Elliott Strickland, Penn College’s chief student affairs officer.
A dental hygiene tradition
David S. Price’s grandmother Virginia (left) and mother Ana browse the Wildcat wares in The College Store on Saturday morning; Price received a bachelor’s degree in construction management.
The day’s VIPs parade through the Arts Center.
Megan E. Endres, graduating with a four-year degree in culinary arts and systems, confidently strides toward her career.
Building automation grads play it cool as they await the procession.
Friends help early childhood education graduates Kirstie A. Swisher (left), and Kelsey A. McGarry preserve a memory in the college’s Remembrance Garden.
Rory K. Kania, who already holds a variety of degrees from majors in the School of Natural Resources Management, adds a bachelor’s in technology management to his toolkit.
A family gathers for a photo.
Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, greets the audience.
With diploma covers in hand, graduates file out of the theater.
A few more hugs while waiting in the wings
A new dental hygiene alumna poses with family.
With a video screen projecting the activity below, a student accepts her diploma on the spacious CAC stage.
Flower sales were brisk along West Fourth Street.
Near the corner of West Fourth and William streets – the crossroads between college life and the world beyond – students eagerly await graduation.
The Keystone Dining Room hosted receptions for graduates and their families both days.
Waving to loved ones
River Valley Transit buses carried graduates and their guests from campus to commencement and back.
Reuniting with well-wishers outside the Arts Center
Jami L. Hughes, coordinator of intercollegiate athletics and sports information (in yellow), is among the college employees on hand to applaud the Class of 2013.
The Registrar’s Office assists the steady flow of students checking in for commencement.
Students signal their excitement from across the room.
Students rise in tribute to Gerri F. Luke on her selection as this year’s Master Teacher.
A family takes advantage of a less-crowded photo venue west of the Arts Center.
Taking it all in