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Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall Commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Stephanie A. Petrison, of Landenberg, who received a Bachelor of Science in business administration: sport and event management concentration, was the student speaker. Also addressing December’s class was Ryan P. Good, assistant professor of welding, who was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award in May. Degrees were conferred by President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors, and a Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to 2004 business administration graduate Clint Cullison, a senior associate with Greenlee Partners.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor; Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor;
and Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media/online marketing

While spectacular in all seasons, the Arts Center seems to glow more brightly during the holidays.
While spectacular in all seasons, the Arts Center seems to glow more brightly during the holidays.

Petrison, acknowledging that her third college was the charm, said she found a home at Penn College. She also shared words of wisdom from Winnie the Pooh – not the only time that scholarly source was cited Saturday!
Petrison, acknowledging that her third college was the charm, said she found a home at Penn College. She also shared words of wisdom from Winnie the Pooh – not the only time that scholarly source was cited Saturday!

Robin A. Rader-Edkin, a Penn College Dining Services worker, with granddaughter Kennedy, the daughter of President’s Award Winner Nathan A. Rader-Edkin and Bailey Frey (at center), ’19, baking and pastry arts
Robin A. Rader-Edkin, a Penn College Dining Services worker, with granddaughter Kennedy, the daughter of President’s Award Winner Nathan A. Rader-Edkin and Bailey Frey (at center), ’19, baking and pastry arts

Greenery greets grads as they enter the Community Arts Center.
Greenery greets grads as they enter the Community Arts Center.

A jubilant expression to match the sentiment of the day
A jubilant expression to match the sentiment of the day

Noted for his role in beneficial legislative victories, Cullison expresses gratitude to Penn College for smoothing his road to success.
Noted for his role in beneficial legislative victories, Cullison expresses gratitude to Penn College for smoothing his road to success.

The satisfied smile speaks for itself.
The satisfied smile speaks for itself.

Jonathan G. Vasconcelos is ready to head home to New Hampshire to work. He earned associate degrees in heavy construction equipment technology: technician and operator emphases.
Jonathan G. Vasconcelos is ready to head home to New Hampshire to work. He earned associate degrees in heavy construction equipment technology: technician and operator emphases.

Faculty award-winner Good urges graduates to become comfortable with failure ... and offered quotes from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and (like the student speaker) the aforementioned Pooh Bear.
Faculty award-winner Good urges graduates to become comfortable with failure … and offered quotes from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and (like the student speaker) the aforementioned Pooh Bear.

Jaid T. Smeltzer, an individual studies graduate from Avis, adds up the milestones on her cap.
Jaid T. Smeltzer, an individual studies graduate from Avis, adds up the milestones on her cap.

Holiday-inspired podium flowers enhance an already joyful day.
Holiday-inspired podium flowers enhance an already joyful day.

Dancing to her destiny, this graduate stepped lively across the stage en route to shaking the president’s hand.
Dancing to her destiny, this graduate stepped lively across the stage en route to shaking the president’s hand.

Carol A. Lugg (left), dean of construction and design technologies, with another successful graduate: Christy S. Phillips, applied technology studies
Carol A. Lugg (left), dean of construction and design technologies, with another successful graduate: Christy S. Phillips, applied technology studies

Graduating veteran James A. Dansereau – earning degrees in electromechanical maintenance technology and electrical technology – accepts Gilmour's sincere gratitude and best wishes.
Graduating veteran James A. Dansereau – earning degrees in electromechanical maintenance technology and electrical technology – accepts Gilmour’s sincere gratitude and best wishes.

The alumni honoree's youngest son meets President Gilmour.
The alumni honoree’s youngest son meets President Gilmour.

Rader-Edkin, recipient of the President's Award, strides toward his big moment.
Rader-Edkin, recipient of the President’s Award, strides toward his big moment.

The range of majors in construction and design is personified (from left) by Zachary T. Lambert, residential builder; Kc H. Welkom, civil engineering technology; and Austin T. Dowrick, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology.
The range of majors in construction and design is personified (from left) by Zachary T. Lambert, residential builder; Kc H. Welkom, civil engineering technology; and Austin T. Dowrick, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology.

After turning Petrison's tassel, the president warmly embraces the class representative.
After turning Petrison’s tassel, the president warmly embraces the class representative.

Taylor M. Bickhart, an applied management graduate from Middleburg, adds a festive finish to her cap. She also holds a degree in baking and pastry arts.
Taylor M. Bickhart, an applied management graduate from Middleburg, adds a festive finish to her cap. She also holds a degree in baking and pastry arts.

Servicemen and women in the fall Class of '19 stand for acknowledgement from a thankful audience.
Servicemen and women in the fall Class of ’19 stand for acknowledgement from a thankful audience.

Any elves in the house?
Any elves in the house?

A graduate looks down the processional line.
A graduate looks down the processional line.

Deftly juggling responsibilities, Cullison joins his fellow alumni in rising to sing the Penn College alma mater.
Deftly juggling responsibilities, Cullison joins his fellow alumni in rising to sing the Penn College alma mater.

The final graduate to cross the stage: the student speaker, who then enjoyed a photo op with the president and board chairman. (Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs and provost, is seated at right.)
The final graduate to cross the stage: the student speaker, who then enjoyed a photo op with the president and board chairman. (Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs and provost, is seated at right.)

Aniah T. Ellerbee, a building construction technology graduate from Tannersville, commemorates the day with her family.
Aniah T. Ellerbee, a building construction technology graduate from Tannersville, commemorates the day with her family.

Jake W. Sharrah, a 2018 diesel technology alumnus, joins his parents in celebrating his applied management degree ...
Jake W. Sharrah, a 2018 diesel technology alumnus, joins his parents in celebrating his applied management degree …

... and sports a tassel marking him and his classmates as the last Penn College grads of the 2010s.
… and sports a tassel marking him and his classmates as the last Penn College grads of the 2010s.

Ready to “commence” to the next milestone.
Ready to “commence” to the next milestone.

Making a sparkling memory, Caitlin A. Dauberman shares a special moment with her grandfather. Dauberman tacked a bachelor's in applied health studies: radiography concentration to her August associate degree in radiography.
Making a sparkling memory, Caitlin A. Dauberman shares a special moment with her grandfather. Dauberman tacked a bachelor’s in applied health studies: radiography concentration to her August associate degree in radiography.

Sandra L. Karnes, assistant professor of speech communication-composition, receives thanks from newly minted graduates.
Sandra L. Karnes, assistant professor of speech communication-composition, receives thanks from newly minted graduates.

"A right jolly old elf" – Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology – exits the stage at ceremony's end, wearing a Santa hat and toting the college mace.
“A right jolly old elf” – Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology – exits the stage at ceremony’s end, wearing a Santa hat and toting the college mace.

Nursing graduates Kalee M. Hart, of Bloomsburg; Daria Datsenko, of Lewisburg; and Genevieve F. Guzman, of Pottsville, stick together after the ceremony.
Nursing graduates Kalee M. Hart, of Bloomsburg; Daria Datsenko, of Lewisburg; and Genevieve F. Guzman, of Pottsville, stick together after the ceremony.

'Tis the season for green! Kendra S. Brown and son pose for photos; she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration: management concentration.
‘Tis the season for green! Kendra S. Brown and son pose for photos; she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration: management concentration.

Sometimes, a smile says it all.
Sometimes, a smile says it all.

Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, connects with Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, who graduated in on-site power generation and received the Pathfinders to Excellence Award.
Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, connects with Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, who graduated in on-site power generation and received the Pathfinders to Excellence Award.

Drama, music and dance suitably adorn the Arts Center's lobby decor.
Drama, music and dance suitably adorn the Arts Center’s lobby decor.

She’s got the whole world in her hands! Samantha-Jo M. (Bradley) Rynearson savors a photo op with her daughter. She added an applied management degree to the baking and pastry arts diploma she earned in 2014.
She’s got the whole world in her hands! Samantha-Jo M. (Bradley) Rynearson savors a photo op with her daughter. She added an applied management degree to the baking and pastry arts diploma she earned in 2014.

The Fonz would approve of this “thumbs-up” expression.
The Fonz would approve of this “thumbs-up” expression.

Grads of the heavy construction equipment and diesel technology majors offer a smile as they wait for the Registrar’s Office to call their numbers for lineup.
Grads of the heavy construction equipment and diesel technology majors offer a smile as they wait for the Registrar’s Office to call their numbers for lineup.

Power walking to commencement
Power walking to commencement

In the crush of the post-ceremony crowd outside, fans of Emily L. Tashner-Thompson flash the high sign to alert her to their whereabouts. A nursing grad, Tashner-Thompson received the Shirley Novosel Memorial Award.
In the crush of the post-ceremony crowd outside, fans of Emily L. Tashner-Thompson flash the high sign to alert her to their whereabouts. A nursing grad, Tashner-Thompson received the Shirley Novosel Memorial Award.

Gathering in a Genetti Hotel ballroom before the ceremony are Taylor M. Bickhart, of Middleburg, applied management; Amber A. Kreitzer, of Port Trevorton, applied management; Janaya B. Bartholomew, of Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; and Jaid T. Smeltzer, of Avis, individual studies.
Gathering in a Genetti Hotel ballroom before the ceremony are Taylor M. Bickhart, of Middleburg, applied management; Amber A. Kreitzer, of Port Trevorton, applied management; Janaya B. Bartholomew, of Williamsport, business administration: management concentration; and Jaid T. Smeltzer, of Avis, individual studies.

Trae M. Tudor, an automated manufacturing technology graduate from Titusville
Trae M. Tudor, an automated manufacturing technology graduate from Titusville

The Genetti Hotel lobby provides a seasonally merry backdrop for the graduates to stage before departing for the Community Arts Center.
The Genetti Hotel lobby provides a seasonally merry backdrop for the graduates to stage before departing for the Community Arts Center.

Stephen J. Kreitzer, who earned a welding and fabrication engineering technology degree, had a beloved relative on his mind: He graduated with his late grandfather’s photo inside his cap.
Stephen J. Kreitzer, who earned a welding and fabrication engineering technology degree, had a beloved relative on his mind: He graduated with his late grandfather’s photo inside his cap.

Jacob A. Metricarti, of Royersford, and Edmund E. Anyzek III, of Wenonah, N.J., both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, join Austin T. Dowrick, of Olney, Md., heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, and Kc H. Welkom, of Catawissa, civil engineering technology, in the lineup.
Jacob A. Metricarti, of Royersford, and Edmund E. Anyzek III, of Wenonah, N.J., both heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, join Austin T. Dowrick, of Olney, Md., heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, and Kc H. Welkom, of Catawissa, civil engineering technology, in the lineup.

Graduates warm their chilly December procession with smiles.
Graduates warm their chilly December procession with smiles.

Erin M. Beaver, a welding and fabrication engineering technology graduate from Winfield, poses with evergreen gnomes. The award-winning metal sculptor is a fan of these clever creations of the college’s horticulture crew.
Erin M. Beaver, a welding and fabrication engineering technology graduate from Winfield, poses with evergreen gnomes. The award-winning metal sculptor is a fan of these clever creations of the college’s horticulture crew.

Camaraderie among classmates during their final collegiate activity
Camaraderie among classmates during their final collegiate activity

“Nurse Kalee” offers a skeletal “victory” sign on her cap.
“Nurse Kalee” offers a skeletal “victory” sign on her cap.

Among those preparing to process into the theater are Sandra L. Richmond (foreground), dean of nursing and health sciences, and Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.
Among those preparing to process into the theater are Sandra L. Richmond (foreground), dean of nursing and health sciences, and Valerie A. Myers, assistant dean of nursing.

This smile spells contentment and hope.
This smile spells contentment and hope.

Graduates rise to turn their tassels.
Graduates rise to turn their tassels.

Faculty from the Earth Science Center form a greeting line in the Community Arts Center lobby to offer their students a final congratulations.
Faculty from the Earth Science Center form a greeting line in the Community Arts Center lobby to offer their students a final congratulations.

Oceana R. Copley, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, appropriately decorates her cap with flora.
Oceana R. Copley, landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, appropriately decorates her cap with flora.

Pride
Pride

Rynearson, of Washington, with husband, Tom (a 2016 residential construction technology and management grad), and daughter Jade (who was also celebrating a lost tooth!)
Rynearson, of Washington, with husband, Tom (a 2016 residential construction technology and management grad), and daughter Jade (who was also celebrating a lost tooth!)

A young fan – and future photographer? – captures Lindsay M. Fox, a surgical technology graduate from Williamsport, with her friends and family.
A young fan – and future photographer? – captures Lindsay M. Fox, a surgical technology graduate from Williamsport, with her friends and family.

Ethan I. Smeigh, New Bloomfield, celebrates a degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration with his grandparents.
Ethan I. Smeigh, New Bloomfield, celebrates a degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration with his grandparents.

It’s all in the family for David J. Henry, an emergency management technology graduate.
It’s all in the family for David J. Henry, an emergency management technology graduate.

Nathaniel M. Barbolish, center, of Nicholson, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, captures a memory with Glenn R. Luse, left, instructor of building construction masonry, and Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
Nathaniel M. Barbolish, center, of Nicholson, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, captures a memory with Glenn R. Luse, left, instructor of building construction masonry, and Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.

Allison F. Chapman, of Montoursville, information assurance and cyber security, sends a secret message on her cap. Want to decode it? Google “shift cypher 3.” Spoiler alert: We’ve decoded it for you! “Knowledge can only carry you so far. It’s up to you to take the first steps.”
Allison F. Chapman, of Montoursville, information assurance and cyber security, sends a secret message on her cap. Want to decode it? Google “shift cypher 3.” Spoiler alert: We’ve decoded it for you! “Knowledge can only carry you so far. It’s up to you to take the first steps.”

Cody R. Lenhardt, of Drums, heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, poses with the truck that, in the summer, serves as a water feature, but was made equally attractive for the holidays by the college’s horticulturalists.
Cody R. Lenhardt, of Drums, heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, poses with the truck that, in the summer, serves as a water feature, but was made equally attractive for the holidays by the college’s horticulturalists.

Benjamin H. Eischeid, an accounting graduate from Williamsport, receives loving congratulations from his family.
Benjamin H. Eischeid, an accounting graduate from Williamsport, receives loving congratulations from his family.

A congratulatory balloon floats above the crowd outside the CAC.
A congratulatory balloon floats above the crowd outside the CAC.

Friends to the end ... and to a new beginning
Friends to the end … and to a new beginning

The big show!
The big show!

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