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Freeze-framing a day to remember


Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2018 commencement on Saturday, Dec. 22, in the Community Arts Center, bringing down the curtain − as winter officially arrives and the new year nears − on another season of academic success. The student speaker was Katherine Lynne Mertes, of Williamsport, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration. Also addressing the Class of ’18 was Joanna K. Flynn, associate professor of mathematics, who was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award in May. Civil engineering technology alumna Margaret A. Jackson received the Alumni Achievement Award during the ceremony, at which more than 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna and a member of the college’s Board of Directors.

− Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

As faculty march to the stage, anticipation and fulfillment blend on a student's radiant face.
As faculty march to the stage, anticipation and fulfillment blend on a student’s radiant face.

Amanda N. Suda shares an appropriate message as she earns an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis ...
Amanda N. Suda shares an appropriate message as she earns an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis …

... and rises to the occasion with a little help from her friend, Alyssa E. Sickler, a new bachelor-degree alum in business administration: management concentration.
… and rises to the occasion with a little help from her friend, Alyssa E. Sickler, a new bachelor-degree alum in business administration: management concentration.

Mertes takes the stage as class representative.
Mertes takes the stage as class representative.

Nursing grad Rachel J. Cressman is upstaged by her son during their moment with President Gilmour.
Nursing grad Rachel J. Cressman is upstaged by her son during their moment with President Gilmour.

The alumni honoree, with her husband, Justin J., – a 2006 civil engineering graduate – their four children and their parents
The alumni honoree, with her husband, Justin J., – a 2006 civil engineering graduate – their four children and their parents

Applied management graduate Efrem K. Foster added "President's Award" to his impressive record of service to campus and country.
Applied management graduate Efrem K. Foster added “President’s Award” to his impressive record of service to campus and country.

Flynn delivers her Master Teacher address – including humor related to her fears of delivering the speech

Troyleon R. Mann received dual degrees and dual honors! Graduating with associate degrees in diesel technology and on-site power generation, he received the Lewis H. Bardo Memorial Award and the Earth Science Center Service Award.
Troyleon R. Mann received dual degrees and dual honors! Graduating with associate degrees in diesel technology and on-site power generation, he received the Lewis H. Bardo Memorial Award and the Earth Science Center Service Award.

Two of Penn College's newest alumni are wrapped in an energetically woven blanket of familial pride.
Two of Penn College’s newest alumni are wrapped in an energetically woven blanket of familial pride.

Timothy W. Brooks laughs with his daughter as she delightedly plays with his graduate tassel. Brooks, of Trout Run, graduated in building construction technology.
Timothy W. Brooks laughs with his daughter as she delightedly plays with his graduate tassel. Brooks, of Trout Run, graduated in building construction technology.

Smiles are contagious and inevitable on graduation day.
Smiles are contagious and inevitable on graduation day.

A downtown showcase gets even showier during the holidays.
A downtown showcase gets even showier during the holidays.

Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, with Caleb G. Schirmer, one of the day's alumni volunteers
Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, with Caleb G. Schirmer, one of the day’s alumni volunteers

Student veteran and accounting graduate Chyanne N. Mattern, of Williamsport, marks the moment with an encouraging entourage.
Student veteran and accounting graduate Chyanne N. Mattern, of Williamsport, marks the moment with an encouraging entourage.

A fashionable bow tie perfectly accents the red, white and blue honor cord worn by this grad ...
A fashionable bow tie perfectly accents the red, white and blue honor cord worn by this grad …

... among the student veterans congratulated by the president.
… among the student veterans congratulated by the president.

Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, greets the newest members of the Class of 2018 and their supporters.
Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, greets the newest members of the Class of 2018 and their supporters.

Jackson acknowledges the support and encouragement from the college and her family.
Jackson acknowledges the support and encouragement from the college and her family.

An adult learner pauses for a presidential handshake before starting the next chapter of her work-in-progress.
An adult learner pauses for a presidential handshake before starting the next chapter of her work-in-progress.

Another mortarboard gives voice to gratitude.
Another mortarboard gives voice to gratitude.

Soon-to-be-grads add body English to the statement they'll soon make with their "degrees that work."
Soon-to-be-grads add body English to the statement they’ll soon make with their “degrees that work.”

Hundreds of handshakes don't diminish the unique power of each and every one.
Hundreds of handshakes don’t diminish the unique power of each and every one.

Basking under the glow of the marquee, Bellefonte resident Matthew C. Querns poses for a photo with his family ...
Basking under the glow of the marquee, Bellefonte resident Matthew C. Querns poses for a photo with his family …

... not long after confidently striding across the stage to claim his associate degree in forest technology.
… not long after confidently striding across the stage to claim his associate degree in forest technology.

Applauding the college family's servicemen and women
Applauding the college family’s servicemen and women

James C. Hendrie, who would later graduate in software development and information management, awaits the procession from The Genetti Hotel.
James C. Hendrie, who would later graduate in software development and information management, awaits the procession from The Genetti Hotel.

Tree lights dance around a CAC ornament.
Tree lights dance around a CAC ornament.

Alexis L. Kepley’s cap was decorated to honor her boyfriend, a U.S. Navy serviceman who was unable to attend. Kepley, of Reading, added a bachelor’s degree in applied management to the baking and pastry arts degree she earned in 2017.
Alexis L. Kepley’s cap was decorated to honor her boyfriend, a U.S. Navy serviceman who was unable to attend. Kepley, of Reading, added a bachelor’s degree in applied management to the baking and pastry arts degree she earned in 2017.

A selfie with Joseph A. Eirmann, of Bellefonte, who graduated in machine tool technology, seizes the moment.
A selfie with Joseph A. Eirmann, of Bellefonte, who graduated in machine tool technology, seizes the moment.

A reflective storefront provides double vision of a singular event.
A reflective storefront provides double vision of a singular event.

Saying "Aloha" to an exciting tomorrow is Timothy L. Pegg, of Lexington Park, Md., commemorating the day with his parents. Pegg, who graduated in welding and fabrication engineering technology, wore a stunning lei made of dollar bills, crafted by a Hawaiian-born friend of his mother's.
Saying “Aloha” to an exciting tomorrow is Timothy L. Pegg, of Lexington Park, Md., commemorating the day with his parents. Pegg, who graduated in welding and fabrication engineering technology, wore a stunning lei made of dollar bills, crafted by a Hawaiian-born friend of his mother’s.

The grandeur of the Arts Center extends into the loge and balcony, where an overflow crowd cheers its loved ones.
The grandeur of the Arts Center extends into the loge and balcony, where an overflow crowd cheers its loved ones.

Gathering with well-wishers is Ethan M. Yoder, a software development and information management major.
Gathering with well-wishers is Ethan M. Yoder, a software development and information management major.

Ashley C. Neary gives her supportive son a smooch. Neary, of Williamsport, graduated in legal assistant-paralegal studies.
Ashley C. Neary gives her supportive son a smooch. Neary, of Williamsport, graduated in legal assistant-paralegal studies.

Decorations add to the warmth of the ceremony.
Decorations add to the warmth of the ceremony.

Veteran “brothers” Clinton A. Meyer (left), of Turbotville, and Ryan J. Sweitzer, of Burnham, both received bachelor degrees in software development and information management and minors in web technology.
Veteran “brothers” Clinton A. Meyer (left), of Turbotville, and Ryan J. Sweitzer, of Burnham, both received bachelor degrees in software development and information management and minors in web technology.

Colossal dreams bear fruit under the CAC marquee.
Colossal dreams bear fruit under the CAC marquee.

A grad favorite: laughing at classmates' on-screen antics as the camera pans the crowd
A grad favorite: laughing at classmates’ on-screen antics as the camera pans the crowd

Making a mobile memory
Making a mobile memory

Goodharts in good spirits! Connor T. Goodhart, of Chambersburg, celebrates with his family, including his brother Logan B. (far right), who graduated in May from manufacturing engineering technology.
Goodharts in good spirits! Connor T. Goodhart, of Chambersburg, celebrates with his family, including his brother Logan B. (far right), who graduated in May from manufacturing engineering technology.

A horticulture grad adds pine to the pomp, seasonally dressing up her cap with mountain greenery.
A horticulture grad adds pine to the pomp, seasonally dressing up her cap with mountain greenery.

A silent shout-out from the stage
A silent shout-out from the stage

Downtown streets and dapper students, equally dressed for holiday-week festivities
Downtown streets and dapper students, equally dressed for holiday-week festivities

Acknowledging the canine catalyst for success
Acknowledging the canine catalyst for success

Sealing the deal
Sealing the deal

The outer lobby of the Community Arts Center makes a distinguished setting for photos of Seth J. Balkey and family. Balkey, of State College, earned a degree in applied technology studies.
The outer lobby of the Community Arts Center makes a distinguished setting for photos of Seth J. Balkey and family. Balkey, of State College, earned a degree in applied technology studies.

Anson T. Spisak, of Corning, N.Y., receiving associate degrees in on-site power generation and diesel technology
Anson T. Spisak, of Corning, N.Y., receiving associate degrees in on-site power generation and diesel technology

Pomp and sincerity: A heartfelt hug punctuates a milestone event.
Pomp and sincerity: A heartfelt hug punctuates a milestone event.

Riley H. Hengler (foreground), of South Williamsport, who received a bachelor's in accounting, rises with classmates and guests ...
Riley H. Hengler (foreground), of South Williamsport, who received a bachelor’s in accounting, rises with classmates and guests …

... to sing the alma mater, guided by lyrics projected overhead.
… to sing the alma mater, guided by lyrics projected overhead.

New electrical technology alumni, ready to energize the workforce
New electrical technology alumni, ready to energize the workforce

Rockin' in the free world!
Rockin’ in the free world!

Don't let the "18" fool you: Penn College's graduates are No. 1!
Don’t let the “18” fool you: Penn College’s graduates are No. 1!

Striking a triumphant pose is Ethan D. Rosler, a welding and fabrication engineering technology graduate from Bloomsburg.
Striking a triumphant pose is Ethan D. Rosler, a welding and fabrication engineering technology graduate from Bloomsburg.

Welcome, indeed. We're glad you're here, graduates!
Welcome, indeed. We’re glad you’re here, graduates!

A banking and finance grad's cap takes a bullish look at the road ahead.
A banking and finance grad’s cap takes a bullish look at the road ahead.

An associate-degree graduate looks to faculty mentors upstairs.
An associate-degree graduate looks to faculty mentors upstairs.

Johnson joined the president in an enthusiastic tribute to each graduate's achievement.
Johnson joined the president in an enthusiastic tribute to each graduate’s achievement.

Santa's watching ... but no worries. Saturday's event was awash in "nice."
Santa’s watching … but no worries. Saturday’s event was awash in “nice.”

Luke B. Walter savors celebration with his grandparents. Walter, of Millmont, graduated in welding technology.
Luke B. Walter savors celebration with his grandparents. Walter, of Millmont, graduated in welding technology.

Green-and-gold grace notes
Green-and-gold grace notes

The ever-majestic Community Arts Center, in the midst of its 25th anniversary
The ever-majestic Community Arts Center, in the midst of its 25th anniversary

Fledgling grads gather in the hotel lobby for the procession.
Fledgling grads gather in the hotel lobby for the procession.

A backward glance to those who accompanied her on an auspicious journey
A backward glance to those who accompanied her on an auspicious journey

Snuggling close on a chilly December day are nursing graduate Nicole M. Youngcourt and family. Youngcourt hails from Drums.
Snuggling close on a chilly December day are nursing graduate Nicole M. Youngcourt and family. Youngcourt hails from Drums.

Reveling in the day's merry mood
Reveling in the day’s merry mood

Passing through the holiday-adorned theater lobby
Passing through the holiday-adorned theater lobby

Kaitlyn M. Nasdeo, of Williamsport, celebrates postceremony with friends. She earned a degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration.
Kaitlyn M. Nasdeo, of Williamsport, celebrates postceremony with friends. She earned a degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration.

The final two faculty to leave the stage did so with seasonal flair: Tom Zimmerman (in green cap) and Chef Paul Mach (in Santa hat), his cane decked out with colored lights.
The final two faculty to leave the stage did so with seasonal flair: Tom Zimmerman (in green cap) and Chef Paul Mach (in Santa hat), his cane decked out with colored lights.

 

 

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