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Sunshine Smiles Upon College’s Summer Graduates


Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Kyle G. Stavinski, of Elysburg, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services, was the student speaker. More than 250 degrees were conferred during the ceremony, which included presentation of a Distinguished Alumni Award to Warren A. Peter, who graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1974 with a two-year degree in carpentry and building construction technology.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue

The student speaker refers to Penn College as “our foundation, our North Star."
The student speaker refers to Penn College as “our foundation, our North Star.”

Friends since their college days, Distinguished Alumni Award winner Warren A. Peter (left) is joined by Mark A. Piper, also a 1974 carpentry and building construction technology graduate. Piper traveled from Delmont to see the honoring of his college buddy. Among their classmates was construction technology instructor Robert P. Gresko, who was also at Saturday's commencement.
Friends since their college days, Distinguished Alumni Award winner Warren A. Peter (left) is joined by Mark A. Piper, also a 1974 carpentry and building construction technology graduate. Piper traveled from Delmont to see the honoring of his college buddy. Among their classmates was construction technology instructor Robert P. Gresko, who was also at Saturday’s commencement.

The day’s most coveted object
The day’s most coveted object

Ashley V. Martin is greeted after graduation by her sweet pup Tiller.
Ashley V. Martin is greeted after graduation by her sweet pup Tiller.

A simple summation of semesters of hard work.
A simple summation of semesters of hard work.

Universal commencement accessories: cap, tassel, well-deserved grin.
Universal commencement accessories: cap, tassel, well-deserved grin.

A justifiably proud foursome: the paramedic program’s Brady L. Breon, assistant professor; Mindy L. Carr, clinical director; Mark A. Trueman, director; and Kyle G. Stavinsky, of Elysburg, who was the day’s student speaker as he received his associate degree in emergency medical services.
A justifiably proud foursome: the paramedic program’s Brady L. Breon, assistant professor; Mindy L. Carr, clinical director; Mark A. Trueman, director; and Kyle G. Stavinsky, of Elysburg, who was the day’s student speaker as he received his associate degree in emergency medical services.

The grandeur of summer in the podium’s floral arrangement
The grandeur of summer in the podium’s floral arrangement

With state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college's board of directors, waiting to add his best wishes, a graduate is congratulated by President Davie Jane Gilmour.
With state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s board of directors, waiting to add his best wishes, a graduate is congratulated by President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Jemme A. Hart, of Jersey Shore, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis graduate, celebrates with her daughter.
Jemme A. Hart, of Jersey Shore, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis graduate, celebrates with her daughter.

Waiting for their turn to walk into the grand Arts Center, graduates oblige photographers along the procession route.
Waiting for their turn to walk into the grand Arts Center, graduates oblige photographers along the procession route.

With a wave to well-wishers, a graduate shares her accomplishment.
With a wave to well-wishers, a graduate shares her accomplishment.

Physician assistant graduate Avery D. Cero enjoys the fragrant rewards of the day.
Physician assistant graduate Avery D. Cero enjoys the fragrant rewards of the day.

A cap shows a grad’s faith for the future.
A cap shows a grad’s faith for the future.

The service of veterans is acknowledged by the Arts Center crowd.
The service of veterans is acknowledged by the Arts Center crowd.

Making out the words of the college's alma mater
Making out the words of the college’s alma mater

Love from the loge! Family and friends cheer on their graduates as the ceremony draws to a close.
Love from the loge! Family and friends cheer on their graduates as the ceremony draws to a close.

Before the big event, student speaker Kyle G. Stavinski strikes a pose with Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs, and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer.
Before the big event, student speaker Kyle G. Stavinski strikes a pose with Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs, and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer.

A caring group of graduates – and new LPN alumni
A caring group of graduates – and new LPN alumni

A hopeful message
A hopeful message

Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, hugs his daughter, Jessica L., a physician assistant grad ...
Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, hugs his daughter, Jessica L., a physician assistant grad …

... then reunites outside en route to a family celebration.
… then reunites outside en route to a family celebration.

#funinthesun
#funinthesun

Pre-ceremony smiles
Pre-ceremony smiles

Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director of radiography, poses with a new grad.
Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director of radiography, poses with a new grad.

Father and son accommodate a photo.
Father and son accommodate a photo.

Grads-to-be scan the commencement program while waiting to enter the Community Arts Center.
Grads-to-be scan the commencement program while waiting to enter the Community Arts Center.

Registrar Denny L. Dunkleberger offers congratulations and instructions in the Genetti ballroom.
Registrar Denny L. Dunkleberger offers congratulations and instructions in the Genetti ballroom.

Kristiana Laylon’s father and son wait to give their grad “Wildcat wishes.” Laylon earned an associate of applied science degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.
Kristiana Laylon’s father and son wait to give their grad “Wildcat wishes.” Laylon earned an associate of applied science degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.

A lighthearted take on impacting the world
A lighthearted take on impacting the world

The family of Daniel I. Romberger, of Halifax, were among those who returned to campus to capture a photographic memory at the college sign. Romberger is a radiography graduate.
The family of Daniel I. Romberger, of Halifax, were among those who returned to campus to capture a photographic memory at the college sign. Romberger is a radiography graduate.

Hugs and pride for a job well done
Hugs and pride for a job well done

Warren A. Peter accepts the Distinguished Alumni Award and offers appreciation to his alma mater.
Warren A. Peter accepts the Distinguished Alumni Award and offers appreciation to his alma mater.

A beautiful bouquet winging its way to a graduate
A beautiful bouquet winging its way to a graduate

A lineup of jubilant graduates
A lineup of jubilant graduates

An LPN grad's humorous and heart-stopping status
An LPN grad’s humorous and heart-stopping status

Emergency medical services/paramedic classmates hug it out on the stage.
Emergency medical services/paramedic classmates hug it out on the stage.

Elizabeth S. Gizenski is a picture of graduate glee.
Elizabeth S. Gizenski is a picture of graduate glee.

The new alumni cheer their faculty mentors as they depart the stage.
The new alumni cheer their faculty mentors as they depart the stage.

Justus K. Leimbach, a business administration: marketing graduate (and an All-American archer) hits a “selfie” target.
Justus K. Leimbach, a business administration: marketing graduate (and an All-American archer) hits a “selfie” target.

A grad gives much-deserved credit for Mom and Dad.
A grad gives much-deserved credit for Mom and Dad.

Sibling love
Sibling love

The surgical technology Class of 2015 with clinical director – and a Saturday graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing – Elizabeth S. Gizenski.
The surgical technology Class of 2015 with clinical director – and a Saturday graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing – Elizabeth S. Gizenski.

A pair of grads arranges a photo before parting ways.
A pair of grads arranges a photo before parting ways.

A heartfelt message: “Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity …”
A heartfelt message: “Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity …”

Smiles abound on a beautiful summer day.
Smiles abound on a beautiful summer day.

The turn of a tassel
The turn of a tassel

Calling an assembly of the superhero grads of 2015.
Calling an assembly of the superhero grads of 2015.

New grads pause for a photo.
New grads pause for a photo.

Generations gather to celebrate the day.
Generations gather to celebrate the day.

Inspirational advice
Inspirational advice

Sunshine, flowers and loved ones make a graduation day complete.
Sunshine, flowers and loved ones make a graduation day complete.

A graduate waves to her fans as the Class of ‘15 files into the Community Arts Center.
A graduate waves to her fans as the Class of ‘15 files into the Community Arts Center.

One of the best “shows” at the Community Arts Center
One of the best “shows” at the Community Arts Center

Before the ceremony, Peter is greeted in the Capitol Lounge by Richard L. Druckenmiller (center), assistant professor of building construction technology, and Marc E. Bridgens (right), dean of construction and design technologies. Peter has served on the college's Carpentry and Construction Technology Advisory Committee since 2006.
Before the ceremony, Peter is greeted in the Capitol Lounge by Richard L. Druckenmiller (center), assistant professor of building construction technology, and Marc E. Bridgens (right), dean of construction and design technologies. Peter has served on the college’s Carpentry and Construction Technology Advisory Committee since 2006.

A recipe for professional success and personal satisfaction
A recipe for professional success and personal satisfaction

A shout-out to a precious “Pop Pop”
A shout-out to a precious “Pop Pop”

Final prep
Final prep

A family framed in happiness
A family framed in happiness

Quoting Estee Lauder, an occupational therapy assistant grad acknowledges the secret behind her accomplishments.
Quoting Estee Lauder, an occupational therapy assistant grad acknowledges the secret behind her accomplishments.

Families express their pride in hugs.
Families express their pride in hugs.

Families stop by the entrance sign for photos after the ceremony.
Families stop by the entrance sign for photos after the ceremony.

Inspiring photos match encouraging words.
Inspiring photos match encouraging words.

The president takes a final cell phone photo of the summer graduates.
The president takes a final cell phone photo of the summer graduates.

The camaraderie of the emergency medical services/paramedic “family” is evident every day – including graduation day.
The camaraderie of the emergency medical services/paramedic “family” is evident every day – including graduation day.

An aura of ease and confidence on the way to the Arts Center.
An aura of ease and confidence on the way to the Arts Center.

With two interviews already down, a physician assistant grad is confident of her future in orthopedic medicine.
With two interviews already down, a physician assistant grad is confident of her future in orthopedic medicine.

A newly minted graduate exits the theater with a smile to brighten the room.
A newly minted graduate exits the theater with a smile to brighten the room.

A little radiography humor.
A little radiography humor.

A congratulatory hug between friends.
A congratulatory hug between friends.

A student eyes the path ahead.
A student eyes the path ahead.

Family photo time
Family photo time

A grad flashes a smile on her way to the day’s marquee event.
A grad flashes a smile on her way to the day’s marquee event.

 

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