Commencement Gallery Mines a Mother Lode of Memories

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center on May 12-13 for more than 900 students who fulfilled their degree requirements during the spring semester. The proceedings at 3 p.m. Friday featured students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences were in the spotlight at 10 a.m. Saturday, while graduates of the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured during the 1:30 p.m. session. Student speakers were Lauren J. Crouse, of Turbotville, who received a Bachelor of Science in applied human services on Friday; Madison L. Carts, of State College, who received an Associate of Applied Science in surveying technology on Saturday morning; and Robert E. Wood, of Williamsport, who earned a Bachelor of Science in culinary arts and systems on Saturday afternoon. The college also presented three Distinguished Teaching Awards and two alumni awards.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor;
Larry D. Kauffman, digital publishing specialist/photographer;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday; and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer

Never too old for a pick-me-up from Mom, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera celebrates in front of the Penn College sign.

Never too old for a pick-me-up from Mom, Carlos A. Ramos-Sonera celebrates in front of the Penn College sign.

Crouse kicks off the milestone weekend with a Friday commencement address.

Crouse kicks off the milestone weekend with a Friday commencement address.

Katlyn J. Hackling, a culinary arts and systems graduate from Wilmington, Del., shares a hug with Chef Craig A. Cian, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

Katlyn J. Hackling, a culinary arts and systems graduate from Wilmington, Del., shares a hug with Chef Craig A. Cian, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts.

Faculty and administrators lend a collective and attentive ear to Carts, the student speaker for the weekend's second commencement.

Faculty and administrators lend a collective and attentive ear to Carts, the student speaker for the weekend’s second commencement.

Custom-made T-shirts add an especially personal touch to an already memorable day for human services graduate Chanelle C. Johnson.

Custom-made T-shirts add an especially personal touch to an already memorable day for human services graduate Chanelle C. Johnson.

One of Saturday morning’s most coveted accessories: the umbrella.

One of Saturday morning’s most coveted accessories: the umbrella.

Wood, who was awarded the Chef John Folse Excellence in Hospitality Award and the Aramark Hospitality Award prior to commencement, represents his class at the final ceremony of 2016-17.

Wood, who was awarded the Chef John Folse Excellence in Hospitality Award and the Aramark Hospitality Award prior to commencement, represents his class at the final ceremony of 2016-17.

Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, greets the family of one of his newly graduated students.

Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating, greets the family of one of his newly graduated students.

The joy of commencement weekend, sustained through three ceremonies and hundreds upon hundreds of graduates, is evident in the unfailing smile of Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The joy of commencement weekend, sustained through three ceremonies and hundreds upon hundreds of graduates, is evident in the unfailing smile of Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Saturday morning's graduates chat in The Genetti while waiting for the call to line up.

Saturday morning’s graduates chat in The Genetti while waiting for the call to line up.

A student demonstrates justified enthusiasm.

A student demonstrates justified enthusiasm.

The caps of Andrea L. Solenberger, of Harrisburg, and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading, both baking and pastry arts students, reflect the mixed emotions of the day: “Donut make me leave,” and “Donut make me stay.”

The caps of Andrea L. Solenberger, of Harrisburg, and Alexis L. Kepley, of Reading, both baking and pastry arts students, reflect the mixed emotions of the day: “Donut make me leave,” and “Donut make me stay.”

A patriotic honor cord adorns a veteran, who, in a scene repeated in all three of the weekend's ceremonies, stands among his classmates to appreciative applause from the audience.

A patriotic honor cord adorns a veteran, who, in a scene repeated in all three of the weekend’s ceremonies, stands among his classmates to appreciative applause from the audience.

Alumni Achievement Award winner Thomas J. Giannattasio accepts the honor with humility and humor, relating how Penn College gave him focus and purpose after lackluster years in high school.

Alumni Achievement Award winner Thomas J. Giannattasio accepts the honor with humility and humor, relating how Penn College gave him focus and purpose after lackluster years in high school.

Even the prettiest of roses can't match this little beauty, enhancing the special day for Abdulaziz Saud Alomani, who earned a bachelor's degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Even the prettiest of roses can’t match this little beauty, enhancing the special day for Abdulaziz Saud Alomani, who earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

J.D. Mather, the latest Master Teacher, exudes sincere gratitude for the students who enrich and inspire him.

J.D. Mather, the latest Master Teacher, exudes sincere gratitude for the students who enrich and inspire him.

School of Business & Hospitality students earnestly look to the podium – and their futures.

School of Business & Hospitality students earnestly look to the podium – and their futures.

Nursing grad Tricia Deochan, of Williamsport, eyes the camera.

Nursing grad Tricia Deochan, of Williamsport, eyes the camera.

It's a family celebration for Clark W. Fuller, of Springville, who graduated in engineering design technology, in company that includes grandmother Lucille.

It’s a family celebration for Clark W. Fuller, of Springville, who graduated in engineering design technology, in company that includes grandmother Lucille.

One of the weekend's two Excellence in Teaching honorees, Mary G. Trometter proudly displays her award.

One of the weekend’s two Excellence in Teaching honorees, Mary G. Trometter proudly displays her award.

Dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration grads Kayla C. Summerson (left) and Rebekah L. Caretti celebrate the big event – AND the latter's 21st birthday – on Saturday.

Dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration grads Kayla C. Summerson (left) and Rebekah L. Caretti celebrate the big event – AND the latter’s 21st birthday – on Saturday.

A cellphone souvenir

A cellphone souvenir

A good rule of thumb(s) is to be excited on Graduation Day!

A good rule of thumb(s) is to be excited on Graduation Day!

Nicholas L. Stephenson, the year's other full-time teaching exemplar, extols his Penn College experience.

Nicholas L. Stephenson, the year’s other full-time teaching exemplar, extols his Penn College experience.

June Kilgus Zimmerman, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, inspires attendees at Saturday morning's proceedings.

June Kilgus Zimmerman, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, inspires attendees at Saturday morning’s proceedings.

Embarking on postgraduate education at Penn State are Cory W. Biltz and Stephanie M. Puckly, who received bachelor's degrees Friday in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

Embarking on postgraduate education at Penn State are Cory W. Biltz and Stephanie M. Puckly, who received bachelor’s degrees Friday in welding and fabrication engineering technology.

An overhead projection screen is an appreciated visual aid for those in the loge and beyond.

An overhead projection screen is an appreciated visual aid for those in the loge and beyond.

On Mother's Day weekend, a boy fittingly shares the commencement limelight (and acknowledgement of his loved one's accomplishment by the president and board member John Young).

On Mother’s Day weekend, a boy fittingly shares the commencement limelight (and acknowledgement of his loved one’s accomplishment by the president and board member John Young).

Michael B. McMullen, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Altoona, tops his cap with an engine block created in the 3-D printing lab.

Michael B. McMullen, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Altoona, tops his cap with an engine block created in the 3-D printing lab.

Sporting patches awarded by the college's International Programs Office, Saudi students gather with family at the college entrance ...

Sporting patches awarded by the college’s International Programs Office, Saudi students gather with family at the college entrance …

... and exult in the wide, wide world of opportunity that awaits.

… and exult in the wide, wide world of opportunity that awaits.

Michael DiRaimo, the newest member of the college board of directors, authorizes the conferring of degrees at Saturday afternoon's ceremony.

Michael DiRaimo, the newest member of the college board of directors, authorizes the conferring of degrees at Saturday afternoon’s ceremony.

An on-stage selfie showcases members of the platform party. From left are Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Carts, class representative; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

An on-stage selfie showcases members of the platform party. From left are Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer; Carts, class representative; Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost; and Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

Nursing students huddle for a pre-commencement photo op.

Nursing students huddle for a pre-commencement photo op.

A Community Arts Center volunteer offers a convenient product – a fresh rose for the graduate.

A Community Arts Center volunteer offers a convenient product – a fresh rose for the graduate.

Baking and pastry arts grad Natascha G. Santaella’s cap reflects the pineapple, a symbol of hospitality.

Baking and pastry arts grad Natascha G. Santaella’s cap reflects the pineapple, a symbol of hospitality.

Heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis students Austin C. Slother, of Phillipsburg, and Caleb D. Wallingford, of Spring Mills, pause for a photo on the trek up West Fourth Street.

Heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis students Austin C. Slother, of Phillipsburg, and Caleb D. Wallingford, of Spring Mills, pause for a photo on the trek up West Fourth Street.

Affirming Penn College’s trademark connection between industry and academics

Affirming Penn College’s trademark connection between industry and academics

An umbrella keeps the phone dry for a family photo.

An umbrella keeps the phone dry for a family photo.

Jamison P. Deal (left), had ample reason to celebrate Friday: Earning a bachelor's degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, accepting the Penn College Welding Faculty Award AND observing his 22nd birthday (which included a greeting card from the registrar's staff with his check-in material).

Jamison P. Deal (left), had ample reason to celebrate Friday: Earning a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, accepting the Penn College Welding Faculty Award AND observing his 22nd birthday (which included a greeting card from the registrar’s staff with his check-in material).

An industrious reminder of lifelong learning and the role of nontraditional students in the institution's history, Steven C. Shuck, of Montgomery, earns an accounting degree at age 53.

An industrious reminder of lifelong learning and the role of nontraditional students in the institution’s history, Steven C. Shuck, of Montgomery, earns an accounting degree at age 53.

Don't ever doubt it!

Don’t ever doubt it!

The president presents Mather with his Master Teacher plaque, awarded for only the 31st time in college history.

The president presents Mather with his Master Teacher plaque, awarded for only the 31st time in college history.

Engineering design technology major Logan J. Baxter (left), of Laurel, Del., marks the day with his daughter and his roommate, Nathan J. Wolfe, an electromechanical maintenance technology student from Glen Lyon.

Engineering design technology major Logan J. Baxter (left), of Laurel, Del., marks the day with his daughter and his roommate, Nathan J. Wolfe, an electromechanical maintenance technology student from Glen Lyon.

A youngster celebrates the day with a hand-made version of the traditional cap.

A youngster celebrates the day with a hand-made version of the traditional cap.

A newly minted graduate exits the theater with appropriate joy.

A newly minted graduate exits the theater with appropriate joy.

Noting that she likes puns, architectural technology grad Ariana N. Daub, of New Columbia, matches a major-appropriate site plan with her cap’s sentiments.

Noting that she likes puns, architectural technology grad Ariana N. Daub, of New Columbia, matches a major-appropriate site plan with her cap’s sentiments.

Candidates smile through raindrops as they process down West Fourth Street.

Candidates smile through raindrops as they process down West Fourth Street.

Umbrellas shield students from the rain in a shortened walk to the Community Arts Center.

Umbrellas shield students from the rain in a shortened walk to the Community Arts Center.

Morgan N. Keyser (left), of Dillsburg, and Ainsley R. Bennett, of Montoursville ...

Morgan N. Keyser (left), of Dillsburg, and Ainsley R. Bennett, of Montoursville …

... show off the artistry you'd expect from graphic designers.

… show off the artistry you’d expect from graphic designers.

Welding technology major Andrew W. Klepper celebrates with supporters – including grandmother Joan M. Gilbert (second from right), who retired from front-line familiarity as a clerk in The College Store, and mother Susan L. (center), who, as a mass communications graduate, appeared on the cover of the Summer 1992 issue of the college magazine.

Welding technology major Andrew W. Klepper celebrates with supporters – including grandmother Joan M. Gilbert (second from right), who retired from front-line familiarity as a clerk in The College Store, and mother Susan L. (center), who, as a mass communications graduate, appeared on the cover of the Summer 1992 issue of the college magazine.

Zachary D. Warren, a graduate of automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis, shows his creative cap. Warren is from Hummelstown.

Zachary D. Warren, a graduate of automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis, shows his creative cap. Warren is from Hummelstown.

Hunter A. Fuoti, a collision repair technology grad from Blandon, adds a touch of pink to her attire with a painted Lamborghini.

Hunter A. Fuoti, a collision repair technology grad from Blandon, adds a touch of pink to her attire with a painted Lamborghini.

Culinary arts and systems grads (from left) Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven; Cy C. Heller, of Milton; Katlyn J. Hackling, of Wilmington, Del.; and R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md., take a gleeful walk to the arts center.

Culinary arts and systems grads (from left) Sarah B. Fiedler, of Lock Haven; Cy C. Heller, of Milton; Katlyn J. Hackling, of Wilmington, Del.; and R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md., take a gleeful walk to the arts center.

A grad soaks in the moment – a medley of popular tunes and a Community Arts Center lobby filled with fans waiting to see the grads exit.

A grad soaks in the moment – a medley of popular tunes and a Community Arts Center lobby filled with fans waiting to see the grads exit.

A grad gathers with family for a photo.

A grad gathers with family for a photo.

Web and interactive media student Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, a goalkeeper on the Wildcat women's soccer team, "saves" her most meaningful college memory for the end.

Web and interactive media student Colleen E. Bowes, of Wayne, a goalkeeper on the Wildcat women’s soccer team, “saves” her most meaningful college memory for the end.

Flipside: Grads on both sides of the sign try to capture their Penn College memories.

Flipside: Grads on both sides of the sign try to capture their Penn College memories.

New civil engineering technology grad Marshall I. Cook, of Muncy Valley, celebrates with his son.

New civil engineering technology grad Marshall I. Cook, of Muncy Valley, celebrates with his son.

Dalaney T. Vartenisian is congratulated by the president for earning her bachelor's in web and interactive media.

Dalaney T. Vartenisian is congratulated by the president for earning her bachelor’s in web and interactive media.

A grad's cap invokes the wisdom of Dr. Seuss in charting her post-Penn College path.

A grad’s cap invokes the wisdom of Dr. Seuss in charting her post-Penn College path.

Stacey L. French (center), a recipient of the Board of Directors' Award who graduated in applied human services, is encouraged by sister-in-law Shelley Bamonte (right) advertising/marketing assistant at the college, and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement.

Stacey L. French (center), a recipient of the Board of Directors’ Award who graduated in applied human services, is encouraged by sister-in-law Shelley Bamonte (right) advertising/marketing assistant at the college, and Katie L. Mackey, director of campus and community engagement.

A student makes last-minute adjustments.

A student makes last-minute adjustments.

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees in nursing gather around Sandra L. Richmond, director of the nursing program, before the morning ceremony.

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees in nursing gather around Sandra L. Richmond, director of the nursing program, before the morning ceremony.

As morning graduation crowds thin, a family gets a clear shot in West Fourth Street.

As morning graduation crowds thin, a family gets a clear shot in West Fourth Street.

The youthful smile of Jacob M. Fetzer, a forest technology graduate from Liberty, shows appreciation for the unfolding of a new chapter – which includes further education in Maine.

The youthful smile of Jacob M. Fetzer, a forest technology graduate from Liberty, shows appreciation for the unfolding of a new chapter – which includes further education in Maine.

Plastics majors oblige a photographer

Plastics majors oblige a photographer

A cap offers a throwback to Disney’s “Dory” with a joking (we hope!) sentiment.

A cap offers a throwback to Disney’s “Dory” with a joking (we hope!) sentiment.

Like runway models or red-carpet celebrities, Friday's VIPs make their fashion statement.

Like runway models or red-carpet celebrities, Friday’s VIPs make their fashion statement.

Wilmer I. Clase, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student who found Penn College by way of the Dominican Republic, is all smiles with family.

Wilmer I. Clase, a building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student who found Penn College by way of the Dominican Republic, is all smiles with family.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, congratulates Friday's graduates.

State Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors, congratulates Friday’s graduates.

A student’s cap looks to the future.

A student’s cap looks to the future.

Health information technology graduate Ellenee J. Clymer-Barrett, of Jersey Shore, poses for a family photo.

Health information technology graduate Ellenee J. Clymer-Barrett, of Jersey Shore, poses for a family photo.

Bryan M. Behm, a student leader from Fleetwood and recipient of the Aviation Faculty Award, hugs a loved one.

Bryan M. Behm, a student leader from Fleetwood and recipient of the Aviation Faculty Award, hugs a loved one.

With the move of a mortarboard tassel from right to left, Wood (and the rest of the Spring 2017 graduating class) makes it official.

With the move of a mortarboard tassel from right to left, Wood (and the rest of the Spring 2017 graduating class) makes it official.

Noah L. English, a commuter assistant and new graduate of landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, offers a winning smile. English is from Danville.

Noah L. English, a commuter assistant and new graduate of landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, offers a winning smile. English is from Danville.

Grads' smiles light up a cloudy afternoon as they head to the theater.

Grads’ smiles light up a cloudy afternoon as they head to the theater.

A healthy supply of umbrellas, some courtesy of the Registrar’s Office, helps to keep morning marchers dry.

A healthy supply of umbrellas, some courtesy of the Registrar’s Office, helps to keep morning marchers dry.

Weston J. Sheehan, an automotive technology grad from Renovo, shares the moment with his mom.

Weston J. Sheehan, an automotive technology grad from Renovo, shares the moment with his mom.

Ryen M. Persun, of Linden, shows off a true degree that works, adorning his cap with the logo of his new employer, C.J. Miller Excavating and Paving, where he’s been hired to begin work as an assistant project manager. Persun received a degree on Saturday in business management.

Ryen M. Persun, of Linden, shows off a true degree that works, adorning his cap with the logo of his new employer, C.J. Miller Excavating and Paving, where he’s been hired to begin work as an assistant project manager. Persun received a degree on Saturday in business management.

Penn College: Where "dreaming" and "doing" aren't fairy-tale notions.

Penn College: Where “dreaming” and “doing” aren’t fairy-tale notions.

In control of their destinies are these building automation technology majors, among Friday's graduates from The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

In control of their destinies are these building automation technology majors, among Friday’s graduates from The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

No matter how jammed West Fourth Street becomes, there's always room for a group photo with friends.

No matter how jammed West Fourth Street becomes, there’s always room for a group photo with friends.

Because of a steady drizzle outdoors, students line up inside the hotel.

Because of a steady drizzle outdoors, students line up inside the hotel.

Shakespearean sentiment adorns Crouse's cap, a nod to her tenacity in juggling academics and a President's Award-winning breadth of campus involvement.

Shakespearean sentiment adorns Crouse’s cap, a nod to her tenacity in juggling academics and a President’s Award-winning breadth of campus involvement.

A long line of graduates from the School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies makes up the last group to process.

A long line of graduates from the School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies makes up the last group to process.

Through technology employed for the first time at a Penn College commencement, Morgan E. Blackwell an accounting grad from Beech Creek and co-recipient of the Board of Directors' Award, has closed captioning for the live event delivered to her phone. Wi-Fi hotspots were installed in the Community Arts Center to smooth the process, which delivered the commencement activities to an off-site stenographer, who typed the words as they were spoken.

Through technology employed for the first time at a Penn College commencement, Morgan E. Blackwell an accounting grad from Beech Creek and co-recipient of the Board of Directors’ Award, has closed captioning for the live event delivered to her phone. Wi-Fi hotspots were installed in the Community Arts Center to smooth the process, which delivered the commencement activities to an off-site stenographer, who typed the words as they were spoken.

Preparing to add an associate degree to her superheroic repertoire

Preparing to add an associate degree to her superheroic repertoire

Gracing the "step and repeat" banner are Christina M. McFadden (left) a graphic design grad, and Jamie L. Steer, who earned a degree in emergency management technology and (as a member of the women's basketball team) is among the college's top career scorers.

Gracing the “step and repeat” banner are Christina M. McFadden (left) a graphic design grad, and Jamie L. Steer, who earned a degree in emergency management technology and (as a member of the women’s basketball team) is among the college’s top career scorers.

Lizze A. Robinholt, external records evaluator in the Registrar's Office, explains grads' "marching orders" for the orderly move from The Genetti Hotel to the Arts Center.

Lizze A. Robinholt, external records evaluator in the Registrar’s Office, explains grads’ “marching orders” for the orderly move from The Genetti Hotel to the Arts Center.

Student leader Morgan N. Keyser, a co-recipient of the President's Award connects with her Student Affairs family outside the theater. From left are Sal Vitko, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; and Shelley L. Moore, director of career services.

Student leader Morgan N. Keyser, a co-recipient of the President’s Award connects with her Student Affairs family outside the theater. From left are Sal Vitko, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities; Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; and Shelley L. Moore, director of career services.

Trading his graduation cap for the "sorting hat" of Harry Potter fame, Peter W. Van Hemert talks with the president after receiving his degree in software development and information management.

Trading his graduation cap for the “sorting hat” of Harry Potter fame, Peter W. Van Hemert talks with the president after receiving his degree in software development and information management.

Mather, who escorted students to the Arts Center and who would soon thereafter be "blindsided" with the college's highest teaching award, goes over procession details with Assistant Registrar Maria N. Piselli.

Mather, who escorted students to the Arts Center and who would soon thereafter be “blindsided” with the college’s highest teaching award, goes over procession details with Assistant Registrar Maria N. Piselli.

Graduating in welding and fabrication engineering technology, Tahlor L. Heath offers a silent shout-out to her supportive parents.

Graduating in welding and fabrication engineering technology, Tahlor L. Heath offers a silent shout-out to her supportive parents.

The cap of nursing grad McKenzie B. Romano, of Williamsport, spells a message to Romano’s son: “Mommy did it.”

The cap of nursing grad McKenzie B. Romano, of Williamsport, spells a message to Romano’s son: “Mommy did it.”

Grads turn their attention to the street as a passing vehicle “honks” its congratulations.

Grads turn their attention to the street as a passing vehicle “honks” its congratulations.

A family finds a dry spot for a photo amid a light afternoon shower.

A family finds a dry spot for a photo amid a light afternoon shower.

Students speakers were introduced by Strickland, who recounted their myriad contributions to campus life.

Students speakers were introduced by Strickland, who recounted their myriad contributions to campus life.

Sarah A. Brunski, a culinary arts and systems graduate from Mount Holley Springs, offers a restaurant quip in “86 the classes.”

Sarah A. Brunski, a culinary arts and systems graduate from Mount Holley Springs, offers a restaurant quip in “86 the classes.”

The Arts Center empties at the close of a celebratory weekend.

The Arts Center empties at the close of a celebratory weekend.

Comments – One Comment

Excellent job with commencement. From shuttle bus service, venue, speeches (great timing), organization. It was intimate and memorable.

Posted by Diana Sonera-Butler at May 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

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