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.

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On this day, it's a very lucky number.

On this day, it’s a very lucky number.

Friday's speaker, Kierstin G. Steer

Friday’s speaker, Kierstin G. Steer

Speaker Kyle S. Mullin keeps the mood light.

Speaker Kyle S. Mullin keeps the mood light.

Jonathan M. Probst at the podium

Jonathan M. Probst at the podium

Genuine joy shines through.

Genuine joy shines through.

Master Teacher and daughter (who made a surprise visit from Maine)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kathrine E. Dixon offers an enthusiastic graduation-day greeting.

Business administration: marketing concentration Megan L. Ripka, with friend and co-worker Heidi V. Mack

Business administration: marketing concentration Megan L. Ripka, with friend and co-worker Heidi V. Mack

The overriding sentiment of the weekend

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.

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.

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.

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

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 ...

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 ...

… the chillness of a “hang 10″ gesture …

... apprehension that turns to sheer satisfaction ...

… apprehension that turns to sheer satisfaction …

... the poignant power of a silent wave ...

… the poignant power of a silent wave …

... and the triumphant fist pump.

… and the triumphant fist pump.

Board of Directors Chairman Robert A. Secor offers his encouragement to a new graduate.

Board of Directors Chairman Robert A. Secor offers his encouragement to a new graduate.

A justifiably proud grin for the camera

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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 ...

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 ...

… including Jenna H. Weston, a forest technology student …

... Murtdha M. Al-Abdullah, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major ...

… 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.

… 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.

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.

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

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.

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

Spotting friends in high places

Savoring the moment

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.

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.

Graduates smile as they wait in front of the Community Arts Center.

A beaming Kathleen K. Hart says it all.

A beaming Kathleen K. Hart says it all.

Eager to tackle what lies ahead

Eager to tackle what lies ahead

Synchronize your watches: Registrar Denny Dunkleberger apprises students of their imminent departure from The Genetti.

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.

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 nursing grad adds a personal touch to her graduation garb.

A round of smiles

A round of smiles

A happy fan helps Alyssa K. Bedison celebrate her associate degree in legal assistant/paralegal.

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

School of Hospitality graduate Megan E. Endres: another “degrees that work” success story

An unfading smile carries a graduate to the Community Arts Center.

An unfading smile carries a graduate to the Community Arts Center.

Ashley M. Stuck, an applied human services major, registers her graduation gladness.

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.

Added ingredients enhance the mortarboard of Jessica A. Reppert, a culinary arts and systems major from Northampton.

Enjoying his day in the sun

Enjoying his day in the sun

Abounding joy

Abounding joy

Moving quickly into an exciting future

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.

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.

A furry friend finds Lady Wildcat Kierstin G. Steer.

Nursing graduates show the results of their cap-decorating “party.”

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.

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

Early childhood education major Amanda A. Galer

A multigenerational celebration

A multigenerational celebration

Relieved veterans of MGT497, a Business Policy and Strategy capstone course, jubilantly assemble in a hotel ballroom.

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

A less-than-subtle shout-out to a No. 1 fan

How's the day going? Very well, indeed!

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 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.

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

Striking a pose with a faculty mentor

The Wildcat makes its rounds.

The Wildcat makes its rounds.

Amber B. Phillips, an applied human services graduate, exults by the entrance fountains.

Amber B. Phillips, an applied human services graduate, exults by the entrance fountains.

Elliott Strickland with Saturday morning's student speaker

Elliott Strickland with Saturday morning’s student speaker

Multiple devices capture a singular event.

Multiple devices capture a singular event.

Gowns of blue (associate degree students) and black (baccalaureate candidates) fill the center orchestra section.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Nathan M. Galbraith supplements his electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis degree with a snack.

A day to share with friends ...

A day to share with friends …

... friends ...

… friends …

and more friends.

and more friends.

Health information technology graduate Tiffany S. Vaughn carries balloons and optimism.

Health information technology graduate Tiffany S. Vaughn carries balloons and optimism.

Helping a photographer frame the image

Helping a photographer frame the image

Drew F. Graves, a diesel technology grad, with an entourage that knows how to travel

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 bear hug lifts the mascot off its paws.

A turn of the tassel makes it official for Jonathan M. Probst.

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.

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 moment with Dad

A future so bright, they've gotta wear shades

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.

Director of Nursing Sharon G. Auker (face hidden) offers a congratulatory hug to a nursing grad.

A milestone moment with the president

A milestone moment with the president

Laughing it up with classmates is part of the weekend’s celebration.

Laughing it up with classmates is part of the weekend’s celebration.

A special visitor greets commencement guests.

A special visitor greets commencement guests.

Surroundings that beautifully fit the majesty of the moment

Surroundings that beautifully fit the majesty of the moment

An obvious sense of accomplishment

An obvious sense of accomplishment

Spring flowers and a window on the season's greenery adorn a reception in the Keystone Dining Room.

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 photo op gives classmates one more reason to stick together.

A bump from a booster

A bump from a booster

Sharing a family occasion

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.

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.

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.

An appropriate adornment for an early childhood education major’s cap.

Yes, gentlemen, you did it!

Yes, gentlemen, you did it!

A colorful crowd cheers as soon-to-be grads march in.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A family gathers for a photo.

Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, greets the audience.

Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, greets the audience.

With diploma covers in hand, graduates file out of the theater.

With diploma covers in hand, graduates file out of the theater.

A few more hugs while waiting in the wings

A few more hugs while waiting in the wings

A new dental hygiene alumna poses with family.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Keystone Dining Room hosted receptions for graduates and their families both days.

Waving to loved ones

Waving to loved ones

River Valley Transit buses carried graduates and their guests from campus to commencement and back.

River Valley Transit buses carried graduates and their guests from campus to commencement and back.

Reuniting with well-wishers outside the Arts Center

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.

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.

The Registrar’s Office assists the steady flow of students checking in for commencement.

Students signal their excitement from across the room.

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.

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.

A family takes advantage of a less-crowded photo venue west of the Arts Center.

Taking it all in

Taking it all in

Comments – One Comment

Congratulations, Gerri – now everyone knows what I’ve always known about you! You sooooo deserve this award! hugs, mj & j

Posted by Mary Jane Baier at May 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

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