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As snowflakes kissed the cheeks of the freshly capped and gowned, adding a seasonal touch to the affectionate encouragement from students’ family and friends, Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2016 Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors. (For nursing graduates, commencement was preceded by a Friday pinning ceremony, photos from which are included here.)

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor;
Tia G. La, student photographer;
and Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor

Warm smiles fend off the morning shivers.
Warm smiles fend off the morning shivers.

Cartmell regales the audience with tales of his first semester – when he managed to succeed in his classes (and at dining) despite two broken arms. He urged each of his fellow graduates to “be a contributing member of society.”
Cartmell regales the audience with tales of his first semester – when he managed to succeed in his classes (and at dining) despite two broken arms. He urged each of his fellow graduates to “be a contributing member of society.”

Aaron D. Lachat, recipient of the Board of Directors’ Award, teams up with the Wildcat for a memorable moment.
Aaron D. Lachat, recipient of the Board of Directors’ Award, teams up with the Wildcat for a memorable moment.

The president proudly takes to the podium for the culmination of the Fall 2016 semester.
The president proudly takes to the podium for the culmination of the Fall 2016 semester.

A Williamsport mother-daughter duo (who helped each other with their studies) start their joint celebration outside the CAC: Lori E. Pepperman (left), technology management, and Marissa E. Ray, business administration: management concentration. (Mom is a financial aid assistant at the college; her daughter worked in Dining Services while a student.)
A Williamsport mother-daughter duo (who helped each other with their studies) start their joint celebration outside the CAC: Lori E. Pepperman (left), technology management, and Marissa E. Ray, business administration: management concentration. (Mom is a financial aid assistant at the college; her daughter worked in Dining Services while a student.)

Sporting one of the new patches recognizing international students and those who have studied abroad is Holli E. Styer, who spent time in Nicaragua. The dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration graduate hails from the Lancaster County borough of Denver.
Sporting one of the new patches recognizing international students and those who have studied abroad is Holli E. Styer, who spent time in Nicaragua. The dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration graduate hails from the Lancaster County borough of Denver.

Armed with a selfie stick and smile, Alicia A. Brant, a nursing graduate from Mifflinburg, gathers a glorious group.
Armed with a selfie stick and smile, Alicia A. Brant, a nursing graduate from Mifflinburg, gathers a glorious group.

Sparkling grad caps recognize goals and a diagnosis code familiar to health information technology majors.
Sparkling grad caps recognize goals and a diagnosis code familiar to health information technology majors.

Bachelor-degree nursing students, anticipating Saturday’s commencement ceremony, enter their pinning ceremony in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium bearing candles.
Bachelor-degree nursing students, anticipating Saturday’s commencement ceremony, enter their pinning ceremony in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium bearing candles.

College seal? Check. Wildcat? Check. Diploma? Check. Dane M. Cessna, Meadville, electrical technology, covers all the bases.
College seal? Check. Wildcat? Check. Diploma? Check. Dane M. Cessna, Meadville, electrical technology, covers all the bases.

Relishing their special day
Relishing their special day

A group huddle keeps these graduates warm on their walk from The Genetti to the Arts Center.
A group huddle keeps these graduates warm on their walk from The Genetti to the Arts Center.

The student speaker enjoys a pre-ceremony moment with the college president and board of directors chairman.
The student speaker enjoys a pre-ceremony moment with the college president and board of directors chairman.

During pre-commencement at The Genetti, the Wildcat pals around with Brittney D. McHugh, of Frederick, Md., and Nathan D. Strouse, of Spring Mills. Both received bachelor degrees in applied management to add to their associate degrees in baking and pastry arts earned in 2015.
During pre-commencement at The Genetti, the Wildcat pals around with Brittney D. McHugh, of Frederick, Md., and Nathan D. Strouse, of Spring Mills. Both received bachelor degrees in applied management to add to their associate degrees in baking and pastry arts earned in 2015.

The winter weather didn’t chill the joy (or antics) of these graduates.
The winter weather didn’t chill the joy (or antics) of these graduates.

Danielle M. Schriebmaier, of Sugarloaf, receives her pin in a ceremony that some believe has its roots in the Crusades, when men tasked with assisting the fallen fighters wore the Maltese cross.
Danielle M. Schriebmaier, of Sugarloaf, receives her pin in a ceremony that some believe has its roots in the Crusades, when men tasked with assisting the fallen fighters wore the Maltese cross.

Louis E. Hunsinger is among many devoted Arts Center volunteers who turn out to assist at the extra-special event. The Wildcat gives that dedication a big "thumbs up!"
Louis E. Hunsinger is among many devoted Arts Center volunteers who turn out to assist at the extra-special event. The Wildcat gives that dedication a big “thumbs up!”

Tremendous applause always greets the moment when student veterans are asked to stand.
Tremendous applause always greets the moment when student veterans are asked to stand.

Sylvia B. Bidelspach, health information technology, Williamsport, celebrates with a Wildcat selfie.
Sylvia B. Bidelspach, health information technology, Williamsport, celebrates with a Wildcat selfie.

International students ignore the cold and celebrate their accomplishment, throwing caution to the wind ...
International students ignore the cold and celebrate their accomplishment, throwing caution to the wind …

... and tossing their caps into the air.
… and tossing their caps into the air.

Joni J. Pyle, assistant professor of nursing, pins Alicia A. Brant, of Mifflinburg. The pin was passed on to Brant by her grandmother.
Joni J. Pyle, assistant professor of nursing, pins Alicia A. Brant, of Mifflinburg. The pin was passed on to Brant by her grandmother.

All through the day and across the board, generations blend in celebration.
All through the day and across the board, generations blend in celebration.

Smiles that could melt the thickest ice
Smiles that could melt the thickest ice

Learn locally, succeed globally
Learn locally, succeed globally

A perennial center of attention, the Wildcat is predictably in the middle of the crowd forming in the street after the proceedings.
A perennial center of attention, the Wildcat is predictably in the middle of the crowd forming in the street after the proceedings.

Nursing student Steven D. Robinette, of Selinsgrove, offers a touching address at a Friday morning pinning ceremony for graduating bachelor-degree nursing students.
Nursing student Steven D. Robinette, of Selinsgrove, offers a touching address at a Friday morning pinning ceremony for graduating bachelor-degree nursing students.

Three faculty characters bring laughs to the occasion.
Three faculty characters (Eric K. Albert, David A. Probst and Paul E. Mach) bring laughs to the occasion.

Grads follow along with lyrics exulting their "proud Penn College days."
Grads follow along with lyrics exulting their “proud Penn College days.”

Automotive restoration technology student Krishna M. Yadav, featured in the Spring 2016 issue of the college magazine, accepts congratulations from President Gilmour.
Automotive restoration technology student Krishna M. Yadav, featured in the Spring 2016 issue of the college magazine, accepts congratulations from President Gilmour.

Striking a pose post-ceremony is Garrett L. Woodring, Tyrone, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, and our favorite mascot.
Striking a pose post-ceremony is Garrett L. Woodring, Tyrone, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, and our favorite mascot.

Monica A. Flexer, of Williamsport, was presented a special gift for her tireless work in supporting the Nursing Program and fellow students. Among other roles, Flexer was president of the Student Nurses’ Association.
Monica A. Flexer, of Williamsport, was presented a special gift for her tireless work in supporting the Nursing Program and fellow students. Among other roles, Flexer was president of the Student Nurses’ Association.

Norman C. Sabin Jr., president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student chapter, walks by his class speaker and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer.
Norman C. Sabin Jr., president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student chapter, walks by his class speaker and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer.

Associate-degree graduates turn their tassels, making it official.
Associate-degree graduates turn their tassels, making it official.

Spreading goodwill throughout the morning, the Wildcat joins Rachel R. Miller, a business management graduate from Montoursville.
Spreading goodwill throughout the morning, the Wildcat joins Rachel R. Miller, a business management graduate from Montoursville.

Bachelor-degree nursing grads gather after their pinning ceremony.
Bachelor-degree nursing grads gather after their pinning ceremony.

Eyes wide-open to a future that's now
Eyes wide-open to a future that’s now

In the midst of rejoicing, a moment of reverie
In the midst of rejoicing, a moment of reverie

Friends gather in a classic bros' pose.
Friends gather in a classic bros’ pose.

At their pinning ceremony, nursing students express their gratitude to the family and friends who’ve supported their education.
At their pinning ceremony, nursing students express their gratitude to the family and friends who’ve supported their education.

Penn College Police Officers Justin M. Hakes (left) and Charles E. O'Brien share laughs with a furry buddy.
Penn College Police Officers Justin M. Hakes (left) and Charles E. O’Brien share laughs with a furry buddy.

Welding technology graduate Bryce A. Binkley, of Williamsport
Welding technology graduate Bryce A. Binkley, of Williamsport

Gladhanding the gauntlet
Gladhanding the gauntlet

Gratitude is always in fashion.
Gratitude is always in fashion.

Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, acknowledges the achievement of his godson, David M. Belzer, who earned an associate degree in machine tool technology. (Belzer's mother, Marjory D., is a 1986 alumna in food and hospitality management and is employed in the college's Capitol Eatery.)
Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, acknowledges the achievement of his godson, David M. Belzer, who earned an associate degree in machine tool technology. (Belzer’s mother, Marjory D., is a 1986 alumna in food and hospitality management and is employed in the college’s Capitol Eatery.)

Industrial design majors Collin J. Mikkelsen, of Bristow, Va., and Ashley E. Mahaffey, of Hughesville

Sharing an occasion both solemn and happy
Sharing an occasion both solemn and happy

The Genetti ballroom offers ample room and some sparkle in which to prep for the important day.
The Genetti ballroom offers ample room and some sparkle in which to prep for the important day.

Nursing graduates make use of The Genetti Hotel's adorned lobby for a parting shot.
Nursing graduates make use of The Genetti Hotel’s adorned lobby for a parting shot.

Hooked on a feline?
Hooked on a feline?

A family's pride, obvious and overflowing
A family’s pride, obvious and overflowing

Nursing students chuckle at comments made by their chosen student speaker. From left are Courtney Kaster, of Lock Haven; Jocelynn M. Heichel, of Millerstown; Alexandra R. Harriman, of Montoursville; Chad R. Guiswite, of Loganton; and Emily B. Frymoyer, of Mifflin.
Nursing students chuckle at comments made by their chosen student speaker. From left are Courtney Kaster, of Lock Haven; Jocelynn M. Heichel, of Millerstown; Alexandra R. Harriman, of Montoursville; Chad R. Guiswite, of Loganton; and Emily B. Frymoyer, of Mifflin.

A young fan delights in the Wildcat outside the Arts Center.
A young fan delights in the Wildcat outside the Arts Center.

The marquee announces the luminous day.
The marquee announces the luminous day.

It’s a Wildcat Christmas at the Community Arts Center!
It’s a Wildcat Christmas at the Community Arts Center!

Renewable energy technologies graduates know how to stay warm! They are: Matthew M. Bernick (left), of Lewisberry, and Chet A. Schwoyer Jr., of Williamsport.
Renewable energy technologies graduates know how to stay warm! They are: Matthew M. Bernick (left), of Lewisberry, and Chet A. Schwoyer Jr., of Williamsport.

Bookending the Wildcat with friendly smiles are Robert W. Myers, manufacturing engineering technology, Williamsport, and Erica L. Strittmatter, welding and fabrication engineering technology, Lock Haven.
Bookending the Wildcat with friendly smiles are Robert W. Myers, manufacturing engineering technology, Williamsport, and Erica L. Strittmatter, welding and fabrication engineering technology, Lock Haven.

True enough: As headgear goes, it's pretty impressive!
True enough: As headgear goes, it’s pretty impressive!

Cellphone fun as the graduates prepare to recess to a medley of tunes including “Best Day of My Life.”
Cellphone fun as the graduates prepare to recess to a medley of tunes including “Best Day of My Life.”

The president takes a final photo of the Fall 2016 graduates.
The president takes a final photo of the Fall 2016 graduates.

Beautiful in blue!
Beautiful in blue!

A graduate from the School of Business & Hospitality packs a one-two pun.

Lighting up the hotel lobby
Lighting up the hotel lobby

A triumphant graduate smiles at his family.
A triumphant graduate smiles at his family.

Relaxed and ready to graduate are Elizabeth R. Hill, of Jersey Shore, business administration: banking and finance concentration, and Corbin P. Snyder, of Harrisburg, emergency management.
Relaxed and ready to graduate are Elizabeth R. Hill, of Jersey Shore, business administration: banking and finance concentration, and Corbin P. Snyder, of Harrisburg, emergency management.

Silawat Kaewpijit, an automotive technology management major from Thailand, bows with respect for his alma mater's administration.
Silawat Kaewpijit, an automotive technology management major from Thailand, bows with respect for his alma mater’s administration.

A photogenic graduate prompts laughs as he pauses en route to his diploma.
A photogenic graduate prompts laughs as he pauses en route to his diploma.

A special escort at the conclusion of commencement!
A special escort at the conclusion of commencement!

Neil A. Ebert II, of Catawissa, joins fellow nursing grads in the Florence Nightingale Pledge.
Neil A. Ebert II, of Catawissa, joins fellow nursing grads in the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

Ryan M. Strickland snaps an on-stage photo with Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality. Strickland, from Fuquay Varina, N.C., earned a bachelor of science degree in technology management.
Ryan M. Strickland snaps an on-stage photo with Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality. Strickland, from Fuquay Varina, N.C., earned a bachelor of science degree in technology management.

Turning a tassel ... and another page in Penn College history
Turning a tassel … and another page in Penn College history

An overhead screen amplifies the grandeur of each graduate's symbolic journey across the stage.
An overhead screen amplifies the grandeur of each graduate’s symbolic journey across the stage.

Selfies with the president are still in style! An international student makes a memory.
Selfies with the president are still in style! An international student makes a memory.

Podium flowers add to the ambience of an already-radiant day ...
Podium flowers add to the ambience of an already-radiant day …

... and perfectly complement this graduate’s red suede boots.
… and perfectly complement this graduate’s red suede boots.

Despite inclement weather, there was a full house in the stunning Community Arts Center.
Despite inclement weather, there was a full house in the stunning Community Arts Center.

As she receives her diploma, a graduate turns to see her fans shouting from the loge.
As she receives her diploma, a graduate turns to see her fans shouting from the loge.

The frosty and celebratory air have this graduate (and veteran) ready to "Hang Ten!"
The frosty and celebratory air have this graduate (and veteran) ready to “Hang Ten!”

A perfect sentiment, no matter the weather!
A perfect sentiment, no matter the weather!

A high-energy promenade along West Fourth Street
A high-energy promenade along West Fourth Street

Festive décor in the Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge
Festive décor in the Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge

Pointing the way to Happy Holidays
Pointing the way to Happy Holidays