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Summer ’16 Grads Relish Their Day in the Sun

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. More than 200 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Steven P. Johnson, a member of the Penn College Board of Directors. During the ceremony, Penn College also presented an Alumni Achievement Award to Megan E. Wright, a 2012 graduate of the college’s physician assistant program.

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer, and Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

Student speaker Hashim Abbas Alfulful delivers thanks to those who helped him realize his dreams including his professor, Kirk M. Cantor, who he said was like “a second father” and someone he will strive to emulate in life.
Student speaker Hashim Abbas Alfulful delivers thanks to those who helped him realize his dreams including his professor, Kirk M. Cantor, who he said was like “a second father” and someone he will strive to emulate in life.

With accomplishment so grand, it's hard to contain that burst of happiness and pride.
With accomplishment so grand, it’s hard to contain that burst of happiness and pride.

Elation transcends the confines of a photo frame.
Elation transcends the confines of a photo frame.

Gleaming smiles say it all
Gleaming smiles say it all

Alumni Achievement Award recipient Megan E. Wright, ’12, physician assistant, accepts accolades.
Alumni Achievement Award recipient Megan E. Wright, ’12, physician assistant, accepts accolades.

The world at their feet
The world at their feet

Pearls of wisdom and a wide smile are worn by surgical technology grad Kelly L. Jones.
Pearls of wisdom and a wide smile are worn by surgical technology grad Kelly L. Jones.

Physician assistant grads, poised to make their mark in meaningful work
Physician assistant grads, poised to make their mark in meaningful work

Before the seal of the institution she leads, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes all to the day's big event.
Before the seal of the institution she leads, President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes all to the day’s big event.

Teamwork gets the job done!
Teamwork gets the job done!

Veterans stand to receive applause and appreciation.
Veterans stand to receive applause and appreciation.

Cool shades for a hot day
Cool shades for a hot day

On their way into the main event, soon-to-be new alumni celebrate.
On their way into the main event, soon-to-be new alumni celebrate.

A tassel-turning assist
A tassel-turning assist

Marking his last commencement as marshal, retired electrical faculty member Kenneth C. Kuhns accepts acknowledgement.
Marking his last commencement as marshal, retired electrical faculty member Kenneth C. Kuhns accepts acknowledgement.

Admissions Representative Emily A. Weaver (center) shares a moment with the parents of surgical technology graduate Michelle Acosta. The trio used translation equipment loaned by Little League International to make the day a happy and successful one – in any language. From “the green room” in the CAC basement, Weaver relayed the event’s words in Spanish to the visitors.
Admissions Representative Emily A. Weaver (center) shares a moment with the parents of surgical technology graduate Michelle Acosta. The trio used translation equipment loaned by Little League International to make the day a happy and successful one – in any language. From “the green room” in the CAC basement, Weaver relayed the event’s words in Spanish to the visitors.

Judy L. Wiley, celebrating her degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, poses for her fans.
Judy L. Wiley, celebrating her degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, poses for her fans.

Graduating in radiography, Amanda L. Coroban celebrates with her twin sister, Andrea. As toddlers, the girls graced the cover of the Spring 1994 college magazine.
Graduating in radiography, Amanda L. Coroban celebrates with her twin sister, Andrea. As toddlers, the girls graced the cover of the Spring 1994 college magazine.

Looking toward the future with confidence and skill
Looking toward the future with confidence and skill

Kendell E. Edwards, graduating in health arts: practical nursing, offers a heads-up about her lifesaving skills.
Kendell E. Edwards, graduating in health arts: practical nursing, offers a heads-up about her lifesaving skills.

Gwendolyn A. Ntim (second from left), a health arts: practical nursing emphasis graduate, gathers with well-wishers ...
Gwendolyn A. Ntim (second from left), a health arts: practical nursing emphasis graduate, gathers with well-wishers …

... and shows gratitude for her inspiration to "do all things."
… and shows gratitude for her inspiration to “do all things.”

Devin L. Beaver, who earned an associate degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, savors the day with her darling nephew.
Devin L. Beaver, who earned an associate degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, savors the day with her darling nephew.

Automotive technology graduate Claude T. Dickinson IV shares a proud moment with his mother, Kathy.
Automotive technology graduate Claude T. Dickinson IV shares a proud moment with his mother, Kathy.

Friends always come through with a helping hand.
Friends always come through with a helping hand.

A Penn College education (and the support of friends) gives grads a leg up on the working world.
A Penn College education (and the support of friends) gives grads a leg up on the working world.

Pomp and circumstance ... and laughs with a classmate
Pomp and circumstance … and laughs with a classmate

One last en-masse memento
One last en-masse memento

All dressed up with somewhere to go – somewhere very important, indeed!
All dressed up with somewhere to go – somewhere very important, indeed!

Pure presidential pride ...
Pure presidential pride …

... no matter how many students create a photo op
… no matter how many students create a photo op

An environment befitting the occasion
An environment befitting the occasion

A celebration, as contagious as it is sincere
A celebration, as contagious as it is sincere

With supportive presence, the eyes of youth take it all in.
With supportive presence, the eyes of youth take it all in.

A hearty reminder of the power of a Penn College education
A hearty reminder of the power of a Penn College education

Physician assistant grad Nicholas W. Splitt strikes a pose with supporters.
Physician assistant grad Nicholas W. Splitt strikes a pose with supporters.

Gold-letter moments, memories and mortarboards!
Gold-letter moments, memories and mortarboards!

Assisted by Steven P. Johnson, a member of the college's Board of Directors, President Gilmour conveys congratulations to physician assistant graduate Alana S. Androvette.
Assisted by Steven P. Johnson, a member of the college’s Board of Directors, President Gilmour conveys congratulations to physician assistant graduate Alana S. Androvette.

A brand-new alumna in occupational therapy assistant, Stephanie E. Falcone enjoys post-commencement photo opportunities.
A brand-new alumna in occupational therapy assistant, Stephanie E. Falcone enjoys post-commencement photo opportunities.

Dressed for success, from head to toe
Dressed for success, from head to toe

Togetherness to the end of their college road
Togetherness to the end of their college road

Conor D. Flynn, who graduated in radiography, is congratulated by his father, Brian A., an assistant professor of graphic design.
Conor D. Flynn, who graduated in radiography, is congratulated by his father, Brian A., an assistant professor of graphic design.

A multigenerational milestone
A multigenerational milestone

Sunshine and smiles (and flowers) on a noteworthy day
Sunshine and smiles (and flowers) on a noteworthy day

At the crossroads of reflection and realization, an imminent grad exhibits an appropriately pensive mood.
At the crossroads of reflection and realization, an imminent grad exhibits an appropriately pensive mood.

One cap reflects a graduate's many hats: “A daughter, a wife, a mother … now a nurse”
One cap reflects a graduate’s many hats: “A daughter, a wife, a mother … now a nurse”

Parting waves to professors
Parting waves to professors

An honor-filled day
An honor-filled day

At the Remembrance Garden, radiography grad Danielle J. Shindledecker shares a moment to remember with some of her supporters.
At the Remembrance Garden, radiography grad Danielle J. Shindledecker shares a moment to remember with some of her supporters.

Chilling in the welcome air conditioning of a hotel ballroom
Chilling in the welcome air conditioning of a hotel ballroom

The latest members of the Class of 2016 process from The Genetti Hotel to the Community Arts Center.
The latest members of the Class of 2016 process from The Genetti Hotel to the Community Arts Center.

Glorious grad caps offer colorful, meaningful sentiments.
Glorious grad caps offer colorful, meaningful sentiments.

An active campus leader during her time as an occupational therapy assistant major, Emma J. Sutterlin proudly sings the Penn College Alma Mater.
An active campus leader during her time as an occupational therapy assistant major, Emma J. Sutterlin proudly sings the Penn College Alma Mater.

Physician assistant grad Cavan R. irvine celebrates with college friends Trevor I. Brandt, now an admissions representative, and Katelyn A. Wertz.
Physician assistant grad Cavan R. irvine celebrates with college friends Trevor I. Brandt, now an admissions representative, and Katelyn A. Wertz.

As the college president encourages cellphone photos and social-media sharing, Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, snaps a memory with the student speaker.
As the college president encourages cellphone photos and social-media sharing, Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, snaps a memory with the student speaker.

New emergency medical services alumnus Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz rejoins his encouraging entourage.
New emergency medical services alumnus Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz rejoins his encouraging entourage.

The parade of caps and gowns heads west on Fourth Street to the day's prestigious venue.
The parade of caps and gowns heads west on Fourth Street to the day’s prestigious venue.

A grad's cap is aglow with the confidence of its wearer: “I will change the world.”
A grad’s cap is aglow with the confidence of its wearer: “I will change the world.”

Making family memories
Making family memories

A triumphant trio
A triumphant trio

Balloons, flowers and paparazzi!
Balloons, flowers and paparazzi!

A sun-kissed swarm of celebrants mingles under the marquee.
A sun-kissed swarm of celebrants mingles under the marquee.

Handiwork, as unique as its wearer
Handiwork, as unique as its wearer

An energized Michelle Acosta takes her turn walking across the stage.
An energized Michelle Acosta takes her turn walking across the stage.

A magnificent site for a momentous ceremony
A magnificent site for a momentous ceremony

Capturing an irreversible sense of pride
Capturing an irreversible sense of pride

It’s a frame-worthy day for surgical technology graduate Angelika Y. Goncharova.
It’s a frame-worthy day for surgical technology graduate Angelika Y. Goncharova.

A radiography grad's cap cleverly holds double meaning.
A radiography grad’s cap cleverly holds double meaning.

This is definitely a selfie-worthy moment for Kyeesha Douglas, who earned an associate degree in legal assistant/paralegal.
This is definitely a selfie-worthy moment for Kyeesha Douglas, who earned an associate degree in legal assistant/paralegal.

After turning the student speaker’s tassel, the college president congratulates him on a job well done.
After turning the student speaker’s tassel, the college president congratulates him on a job well done.

Beneath a picture-perfect sky, a stopover at a campus landmark
Beneath a picture-perfect sky, a stopover at a campus landmark