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Penn College Holds Summer Commencement


On a sunny and steamy –  but thankfully rain-free –  Saturday, Penn College held its August commencement ceremony for more than 230 students who petitioned to graduate after summer sessions. Brandy Leigh Krause, of Pine Grove, whose associate degree in radiography caps a college career marked by academic excellence, campus involvement and athletic accomplishment, was the student speaker. The ceremony at the Community Arts Center also included a Mentorship Award for McClarin Plastics for its ongoing support of Penn College students.

— Photos by Joseph S. Yoder, public information director, and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

Mentorship Award recipient Todd R. Kennedy (center), of McClarin Plastics, with William E. Mack, dean of industrial and engineering technologies (left), and C. Hank White, director of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Penn College.
Mentorship Award recipient Todd R. Kennedy (center), of McClarin Plastics, with William E. Mack, dean of industrial and engineering technologies (left), and C. Hank White, director of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Penn College.

Robert E. Secor, the new chairman of the Penn College board of directors, chats with Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.
Robert E. Secor, the new chairman of the Penn College board of directors, chats with Carolyn R. Strickland, assistant vice president for academic services.

A light moment with Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, eases any prespeech jitters for Brandy Leigh Krause.
A light moment with Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, eases any prespeech jitters for Brandy Leigh Krause.

Health Sciences students acknowledge faculty, friends and fans on their triumphant entry to the Arts Center.
Health Sciences students acknowledge faculty, friends and fans on their triumphant entry to the Arts Center.

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

President Davie Jane Gilmour
President Davie Jane Gilmour

Class representative Brandy Leigh Krause
Class representative Brandy Leigh Krause

Mentorship honoree Todd R. Kennedy
Mentorship honoree Todd R. Kennedy

His red-white-and-blue honor cord denoting military service, Timothy W. Kemberling – graduating in health arts: practical nursing emphasis – stands for a tribute to veterans.
His red-white-and-blue honor cord denoting military service, Timothy W. Kemberling – graduating in health arts: practical nursing emphasis – stands for a tribute to veterans.

Rachel Marie Fasciano, earning an associate degree in surgical technology, draws attention with her whimsical commencement cap.
Rachel Marie Fasciano, earning an associate degree in surgical technology, draws attention with her whimsical commencement cap.

Ken C. Kuhns, assistant professor of electrical technologies/occupations, bears the college mace.
Ken C. Kuhns, assistant professor of electrical technologies/occupations, bears the college mace.

Class representative Brandy Leigh Krause, is congratulated by President Gilmour upon the official turning of the tassel.
Class representative Brandy Leigh Krause, is congratulated by President Gilmour upon the official turning of the tassel.

Robert E. Secor distributes diplomas in his first commencement as board chairman.
Robert E. Secor distributes diplomas in his first commencement as board chairman.

Radiography students Nina Renay Peoria and Alicia Danielle Bennage show off their headworn handiwork.
Radiography students Nina Renay Peoria and Alicia Danielle Bennage show off their headworn handiwork.

Among the day's graduating veterans were Jeffrey D. Lee, automotive technology (left), and Philip A. Jackson, individual studies.
Among the day’s graduating veterans were Jeffrey D. Lee, automotive technology (left), and Philip A. Jackson, individual studies.

Occupational therapy assistant graduate Dana Lynn Sims celebrates with grandmother Joyce M. Taylor and mother Carol T. Sims (who, as student enrollment assistant in the Registrar's Office, was enjoying a rare commencement day off).
Occupational therapy assistant graduate Dana Lynn Sims celebrates with grandmother Joyce M. Taylor and mother Carol T. Sims (who, as student enrollment assistant in the Registrar’s Office, was enjoying a rare commencement day off).

Stalled at streetside, between the air-conditioned Genetti Hotel and the equally cool Community Arts Center, occupational therapy assistant student Brenda LeAnn Packer momentarily peels off her graduation gown to catch a breeze.
Stalled at streetside, between the air-conditioned Genetti Hotel and the equally cool Community Arts Center, occupational therapy assistant student Brenda LeAnn Packer momentarily peels off her graduation gown to catch a breeze.

A graduate's young supporter is drawn to the camera.
A graduate’s young supporter is drawn to the camera.

The theater marquee broadcasts the headline event.
The theater marquee broadcasts the headline event.

Fresh from the ceremony, Carrie R. Eichenlaub – an applied health studies: radiography concentration graduate – has a warm embrace for program director Robert Slothus.
Fresh from the ceremony, Carrie R. Eichenlaub – an applied health studies: radiography concentration graduate – has a warm embrace for program director Robert Slothus.

On such an important day, you can't have enough helping hands.
On such an important day, you can’t have enough helping hands.

A rare patch of solitude amid overwhelming pride and excitement
A rare patch of solitude amid overwhelming pride and excitement

Preserving a memory
Preserving a memory

Nursing graduates enjoy their deserved moment in the sun.
Nursing graduates enjoy their deserved moment in the sun.

Armed with his bachelor's degree in accounting, Shane A. Davis looks confidently toward the future.
Armed with his bachelor’s degree in accounting, Shane A. Davis looks confidently toward the future.

A sunny Saturday celebration
A sunny Saturday celebration

Student speaker Brandy Leigh Krause greets a classmate outside the Arts Center.
Student speaker Brandy Leigh Krause greets a classmate outside the Arts Center.

Physician assistant graduate Megan E. Wright, with proud Mom Marianne E. DePasqua, client development specialist for Workforce Development & Continuing Education
Physician assistant graduate Megan E. Wright, with proud Mom Marianne E. DePasqua, client development specialist for Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Ashley M. Rishel, graduating in applied health studies: radiography concentration, reunites with a well-wisher.
Ashley M. Rishel, graduating in applied health studies: radiography concentration, reunites with a well-wisher.

Processing along West Fourth Street, the transitional path from students to alumni.
Processing along West Fourth Street, the transitional path from students to alumni.

An instant memento
An instant memento

All dressed up, with somewhere important to go
All dressed up, with somewhere important to go

Natasha Kay Steppe, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in legal assistant/paralegal studies, stands amid her considerable cheering section.
Natasha Kay Steppe, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in legal assistant/paralegal studies, stands amid her considerable cheering section.

"'Boys will be boys," even in a family's portrait of pride.
“‘Boys will be boys,” even in a family’s portrait of pride.

The wide-open spaces to the west of the Arts Center serve as an impromptu photo studio.
The wide-open spaces to the west of the Arts Center serve as an impromptu photo studio.

Acknowledging personal success, parental support
Acknowledging personal success, parental support

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