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Penn College Winter Commencement Set for Dec. 19

Micah A. MetzelPennsylvania College of Technology will hold a commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 19, for the more than 350 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Fall 2009 semester.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker will be Micah A. Metzel, of Dallastown, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in technology management from the School of Business and Computer Technologies. In May 2008, he received associate degrees in diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis from the college’s School of Natural Resources Management.

At Penn College, Metzel has been a Student Ambassador, Presidential Scholar, peer tutor and a Dean’s List student. He has served as a senator and special assistant to the executive board for the Student Government Association and as a student member of the College Judicial Council. He has been inducted into the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business, Lambda Nu Chapter, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Beta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter.

Christine M. KesslerAlso speaking will be Christine M. Kessler, assistant professor of physician assistant. In May, Kessler received the 2009 Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award, the highest honor presented to a Penn College faculty member.

Kessler began her employment with Penn College in 1996. Previously, she was employed by the National Health Services/Executive Health Group, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Johnstown; Veterans Administration Hospital, Altoona; and the former Mercy Medical Center (now Good Samaritan Medical Center), Johnstown. Kessler holds a doctorate in adult education from The Pennsylvania State University; she received a Master of Medical Science and a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from St. Francis University.

During the ceremony, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour will present an Alumni Citizenship/Humanitarian Award and a Mentorship Award on behalf of the college.

Gilmour will be joined by state Sen. Gene Yaw, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors, as she confers degrees and certificates upon the graduates.

For more information about commencement, visit online . For more information about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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