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Sun shines its spotlight on summer grads


Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Dylan G. Otis, presented with associate degrees in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis and heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis, was the student speaker. In addition to degrees conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors, the college presented an Alumni Mentorship Award to 2007 graduate Andrea (Niklaus) Reed, an administrator at UPMC Susquehanna Muncy, and an Excellence in Teaching Award to Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing programs.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor,
and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday

Student speaker, President’s Award winner and Wildcat wrestling standout Dylan G. Otis, of Wyalusing, provides remarks.
Student speaker, President’s Award winner and Wildcat wrestling standout Dylan G. Otis, of Wyalusing, provides remarks.

A student expresses the sunny sentiment of the morning.
A student expresses the sunny sentiment of the morning.

Graduating members of the Penn College softball team (from left): Kylie E. Shreiner, an occupational therapy assistant graduate from East Petersburg; Taylor A. Krow, a radiography graduate from Camp Hill; Laycee T. Clark, a physical therapist assistant grad from Tyrone; and Chelsea L. Gray, a culinary arts technology grad from Marysville.
Graduating members of the Penn College softball team (from left): Kylie E. Shreiner, an occupational therapy assistant graduate from East Petersburg; Taylor A. Krow, a radiography graduate from Camp Hill; Laycee T. Clark, a physical therapist assistant grad from Tyrone; and Chelsea L. Gray, a culinary arts technology grad from Marysville.

Mentorship award winner Andrea Reed, a 2007 nursing alumna of the college, shares gratitude and best wishes.
Mentorship award winner Andrea Reed, a 2007 nursing alumna of the college, shares gratitude and best wishes.

Degree candidates cross West Fourth Street on their way to the future.
Degree candidates cross West Fourth Street on their way to the future.

Rachel A. Eirmann, an individual studies graduate from Bellefonte and a former student photographer for the college, naturally brings her camera on the commencement adventure.
Rachel A. Eirmann, an individual studies graduate from Bellefonte and a former student photographer for the college, naturally brings her camera on the commencement adventure.

Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing, accepts an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing, accepts an Excellence in Teaching Award.

A clever celebration of a degree in physical therapist assistant.
A clever celebration of a degree in physical therapist assistant.

Physician assistant student Elvis A. Salas Alvarez, of Hagerstown, Md., shows off the card that will get him across the stage.
Physician assistant student Elvis A. Salas Alvarez, of Hagerstown, Md., shows off the card that will get him across the stage.

During his first commencement as provost, Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs, addresses the audience.
During his first commencement as provost, Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs, addresses the audience.

Proud Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. reconnects outside with his daughter, Aidan E., after she received an associate degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis
Proud Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. reconnects outside with his daughter, Aidan E., after she received an associate degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis

Occupational therapy assistant and nursing students take time for a photo opportunity in Liberty Arena, where the students gathered before marching to the Community Arts Center.
Occupational therapy assistant and nursing students take time for a photo opportunity in Liberty Arena, where the students gathered before marching to the Community Arts Center.

The physical therapist assistant Class of 2019 waves hello to their next chapter.
The physical therapist assistant Class of 2019 waves hello to their next chapter.

Philosophy – and battery-operated lights! – illuminate the cap of Mary L. Wagner, of Lock Haven, a graduate of health arts: practical nursing emphasis.
Philosophy – and battery-operated lights! – illuminate the cap of Mary L. Wagner, of Lock Haven, a graduate of health arts: practical nursing emphasis.

With family gathered to take photos, surgical technology grads show off their caps.
With family gathered to take photos, surgical technology grads show off their caps.

Physician assistant grads gather before entering the CAC.
Physician assistant grads gather before entering the CAC.

A key to career success for a surgical technology graduate
A key to career success for a surgical technology graduate

The surgical technology Class of 2019 poses.
The surgical technology Class of 2019 poses.

Graduates, who processed from the nearby Liberty Arena, acknowledge a photographer from alongside the Sun-Gazette building on West Fourth Street.
Graduates, who processed from the nearby Liberty Arena, acknowledge a photographer from alongside the Sun-Gazette building on West Fourth Street.

Students rise to turn their tassels.
Students rise to turn their tassels.

Michael Adera, a physician assistant grad from Bowie, Md., shares the occasion with family.
Michael Adera, a physician assistant grad from Bowie, Md., shares the occasion with family.

Veterans, each presented with red, white and blue cords prior to the ceremony, are asked to rise to accept the college’s thanks.
Veterans, each presented with red, white and blue cords prior to the ceremony, are asked to rise to accept the college’s thanks.

Elissa Stine celebrates her achievement – an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant – with a well-wisher's daughter.
Elissa Stine celebrates her achievement – an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant – with a well-wisher’s daughter.

President Gilmour offers congratulations.
President Gilmour offers congratulations.

Soon-to-be-grads ride a wave of anticipation, achievement and contemplation across the CAC foyer.
Soon-to-be-grads ride a wave of anticipation, achievement and contemplation across the CAC foyer.

Adding another accomplishment to an already sublime list
Adding another accomplishment to an already sublime list

Taylor A. Krow, a radiography graduate – who, along with the day's student speaker, was a Wildcat "Athlete of the Year" – accepts best wishes from President Davie Jane Gilmour.
Taylor A. Krow, a radiography graduate – who, along with the day’s student speaker, was a Wildcat “Athlete of the Year” – accepts best wishes from President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Lu-Anne Antisdel, a physician assistant graduate from Rome, Pa., crosses the stage.
Lu-Anne Antisdel, a physician assistant graduate from Rome, Pa., crosses the stage.

Physician assistant graduates get close for a selfie.
Physician assistant graduates get close for a selfie.

Devon E. Smith, an emergency medical services student from Montoursville, responds to cheers from her fans.
Devon E. Smith, an emergency medical services student from Montoursville, responds to cheers from her fans.

Jacqueline M. Westervelt, an applied management graduate from Rutherford, N.J., shares a heartfelt hug with her aunt Cheryl.
Jacqueline M. Westervelt, an applied management graduate from Rutherford, N.J., shares a heartfelt hug with her aunt Cheryl.

Sarah S. Moore, instructor of human services, signs the college’s alma mater.
Sarah S. Moore, instructor of human services, signs the college’s alma mater.

Let the next adventure commence.
Let the next adventure commence.

Employees of the nursing department mark the occasion while waiting for new graduates to exit the Community Arts Center.
Employees of the nursing department mark the occasion while waiting for new graduates to exit the Community Arts Center.

Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, congratulates Otis following his speech.
Elliott Strickland Jr., vice president for student affairs, congratulates Otis following his speech.

New graduates of heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis Joseph M. Sepp (left) of Johnstown, and Zachary W. Eckman, of Tionesta, stop by the campus’s newest water feature for photos with their families.
New graduates of heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis Joseph M. Sepp (left) of Johnstown, and Zachary W. Eckman, of Tionesta, stop by the campus’s newest water feature for photos with their families.

The overhead video feed, flanked by banners of the college's six academic schools, broadcasts the president's final remarks.
The overhead video feed, flanked by banners of the college’s six academic schools, broadcasts the president’s final remarks.

Celebrating with friends and flowers
Celebrating with friends and flowers

Brooke E. Baney, of Sunbury, a graduate of health arts: practical nursing emphasis, is photographed by family in front of the college’s initials.
Brooke E. Baney, of Sunbury, a graduate of health arts: practical nursing emphasis, is photographed by family in front of the college’s initials.

New physical therapist assistant graduates Morgan P. Hunsberger, of Herndon (left) and Emily M. Sherman, of Williamsport, exchange a hug before parting ways.
New physical therapist assistant graduates Morgan P. Hunsberger, of Herndon (left) and Emily M. Sherman, of Williamsport, exchange a hug before parting ways.

Bethany D. Schantz, of Northumberland, celebrates with her husband and daughter, who is ready to seize a degree of her own. Schantz has earned three degrees from Penn College: associate degrees in health arts: practical nursing emphasis (2011) and nursing (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing (2019).
Bethany D. Schantz, of Northumberland, celebrates with her husband and daughter, who is ready to seize a degree of her own. Schantz has earned three degrees from Penn College: associate degrees in health arts: practical nursing emphasis (2011) and nursing (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing (2019).

The class representative goes over his speech one last time in the Arts Center's Capitol Lounge.
The class representative goes over his speech one last time in the Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge.

Radiography graduates gather in front of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences center, where they spent significant time honing their skills.
Radiography graduates gather in front of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences center, where they spent significant time honing their skills.

Brittany A. McLaughlin, of Williamsport, a new graduate of health arts: practical nursing emphasis, commits her plans to her cap.
Brittany A. McLaughlin, of Williamsport, a new graduate of health arts: practical nursing emphasis, commits her plans to her cap.

A parting shot outside Madigan Library punctuates a festive day.
A parting shot outside Madigan Library punctuates a festive day.

 

 

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Ed Thompson,

What a wonderful thing it is to see so many people who are going to be the next chapter in the world’s history. Go forth and do good things and make this world a better place for everyone. God bless and protect you all on your next journey. May it be fantastic. Peace, everyone.

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