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Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer Commencement on Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. Lara K. Duke, of Swengel, who received an Associate of Applied Science degree in physical therapist assistant, was the student speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Nearly 250 degrees were conferred by President Davie Jane Gilmour and John M. Young, a member of the college board of directors. During the ceremony, an Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Mark A. Atwater, who earned multiple degrees in 2007 – including a bachelor’s in automated manufacturing technology.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

After a week of stormy weather, summer graduates and their guests were greeted with blue skies and bountiful color.
After a week of stormy weather, summer graduates and their guests were greeted with blue skies and bountiful color.

Proud and purposeful
Proud and purposeful

Not content to rest on her laurels, a graduate looks optimistically to the road ahead.
Not content to rest on her laurels, a graduate looks optimistically to the road ahead.

Duke acknowledges the support of her husband and inspiration of their young son. She also offered details on her PTA “family” (the first graduating class for the major), noting their shared milestones during the past two years, including the birth of a baby, a marriage, an engagement … and lots of candy and donuts.
Duke acknowledges the support of her husband and inspiration of their young son. She also offered details on her PTA “family” (the first graduating class for the major), noting their shared milestones during the past two years, including the birth of a baby, a marriage, an engagement … and lots of candy and donuts.

The Distinguished Alumni Award winner met his wife, Cammie (Huratiak) Atwater, in a speech communications class taught by the now-late David A. London. Cammie was a pre-physician assistant student at the time.
The Distinguished Alumni Award winner met his wife, Cammie (Huratiak) Atwater, in a speech communications class taught by the now-late David A. London. Cammie was a pre-physician assistant student at the time.

The joy of being a college president is evident on Gilmour's face … and that of Young, her colleague in diploma delivery.
The joy of being a college president is evident on Gilmour’s face … and that of Young, her colleague in diploma delivery.

The college's step-and-repeat banners are a popular backdrop ...
The college’s step-and-repeat banners are a popular backdrop …

... for gatherings small and large.
… for gatherings small and large.

Sporting “Student Athlete” stoles are Elizabeth K. Asher (left) and Kassandra D. Winters, softball teammates who both received degrees in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.
Sporting “Student Athlete” stoles are Elizabeth K. Asher (left) and Kassandra D. Winters, softball teammates who both received degrees in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.

A special selfie-made memory for Gibreel B. Conteh, of Philadelphia, who added a bachelor's in automotive technology management to a related associate degree he completed last year
A special selfie-made memory for Gibreel B. Conteh, of Philadelphia, who added a bachelor’s in automotive technology management to a related associate degree he completed last year

We couldn't agree more ... and that's why it's called "commencement!"
We couldn’t agree more … and that’s why it’s called “commencement!”

Graduating in physical therapist assistant, one of the college's newer majors, are Allison E. Stugart (left), of South Williamsport, and Nikia D. Hartzel, of Bloomsburg.
Graduating in physical therapist assistant, one of the college’s newer majors, are Allison E. Stugart (left), of South Williamsport, and Nikia D. Hartzel, of Bloomsburg.

“Aren’t I so lucky?!” remarked Curtin R. Gehman, of Mill Hall, who met Season C. Whitenight, of Bloomsburg, in the physician assistant major. The new graduates are engaged.
“Aren’t I so lucky?!” remarked Curtin R. Gehman, of Mill Hall, who met Season C. Whitenight, of Bloomsburg, in the physician assistant major. The new graduates are engaged.

A Disney-themed eye (and Mickey ears) tuned to the future
A Disney-themed eye (and Mickey ears) tuned to the future

A last look in the mirror ensures everything's as it should be for the big event.
A last look in the mirror ensures everything’s as it should be for the big event.

A triumphant moment for the day's graduates, including surgical technology major Torri M. Johnson, of Smethport
A triumphant moment for the day’s graduates, including surgical technology major Torri M. Johnson, of Smethport

Veteran students stand for appreciation.
Veteran students stand for appreciation.

The very picture of accomplishment
The very picture of accomplishment

The entrance fountain and florals offer a gorgeous setting for photos of Kierstin R. Goodby and her parents. Goodby, of Jersey Shore, graduated in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.
The entrance fountain and florals offer a gorgeous setting for photos of Kierstin R. Goodby and her parents. Goodby, of Jersey Shore, graduated in health arts: practical nursing emphasis.

A proud paternal moment for Brittany R. Hartman’s father. Hartman, of Myerstown, earned a surgical technology degree.
A proud paternal moment for Brittany R. Hartman’s father. Hartman, of Myerstown, earned a surgical technology degree.

See? It wasn't so impossible after all!
See? It wasn’t so impossible after all!

A poignant pause while marching into the future
A poignant pause while marching into the future

Soon-to-be-graduates, not to mention a celebratory air, fill a Genetti Hotel ballroom.
Soon-to-be-graduates, not to mention a celebratory air, fill a Genetti Hotel ballroom.

Marking their big day are (from left) Gunnar C. Larsen, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; Jonathan J. Lopatofsky, information assurance and cyber security; and Lucas H. Bower, physician assistant.
Marking their big day are (from left) Gunnar C. Larsen, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; Jonathan J. Lopatofsky, information assurance and cyber security; and Lucas H. Bower, physician assistant.

With thanks to her parents (and a shout-out to Garth Brooks), an occupational therapy assistant grad highlights the "OT"s in a song snippet.
With thanks to her parents (and a shout-out to Garth Brooks), an occupational therapy assistant grad highlights the “OT”s in a song snippet.

Bryonna A. Aldubayan and family exult in her bachelor's degree in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.
Bryonna A. Aldubayan and family exult in her bachelor’s degree in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Physician assistant graduate Abbey L. Bower celebrates with her son.
Physician assistant graduate Abbey L. Bower celebrates with her son.

The marquee lights can't outshine the smiles of physician assistant graduates Kurstyn T. Pfleegor, of Northumberland, and Montanah R. James, of Danville.
The marquee lights can’t outshine the smiles of physician assistant graduates Kurstyn T. Pfleegor, of Northumberland, and Montanah R. James, of Danville.

With a background in Latin (or, perhaps, "The Gilmore Girls") a new alumna is "ready for all things."
With a background in Latin (or, perhaps, “The Gilmore Girls”) a new alumna is “ready for all things.”

A cellphone video captures that momentous walk across the stage.
A cellphone video captures that momentous walk across the stage.

After turning the student speaker’s tassel, the president offers personal congratulations for a job – a degree and a speech – well done.
After turning the student speaker’s tassel, the president offers personal congratulations for a job – a degree and a speech – well done.

Soakin’ in the summer sunshine and satisfaction are: Alanna M. Vanemon (left) and Milanka Tomasevic. The duo earned health arts: practical nursing emphasis degrees.
Soakin’ in the summer sunshine and satisfaction are: Alanna M. Vanemon (left) and Milanka Tomasevic. The duo earned health arts: practical nursing emphasis degrees.

The iconic lips from the opening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" accompany an aspirational lyric on a student's academic headgear.
The iconic lips from the opening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” accompany an aspirational lyric on a student’s academic headgear.

Atwater offers inspiration to the newest set of Penn College graduates.
Atwater offers inspiration to the newest set of Penn College graduates.

Among the first graduating class in physical therapist assistant: twins Kylie R. (left) and Ellie L. Sikorskas
Among the first graduating class in physical therapist assistant: twins Kylie R. (left) and Ellie L. Sikorskas

Wildcat blue accessories abound for Bambi A. Hawkins, left, learning laboratory coordinator for the emergency medical services/paramedic program, and new graduate Gabrielle E. Hileman, of Hughesville, emergency medical services.
Wildcat blue accessories abound for Bambi A. Hawkins, left, learning laboratory coordinator for the emergency medical services/paramedic program, and new graduate Gabrielle E. Hileman, of Hughesville, emergency medical services.

With the marquee heralding commencement activities in the background, physician assistant graduate Benjamin D. Meier, of Fleetwood, poses with his twin brother and other family members.
With the marquee heralding commencement activities in the background, physician assistant graduate Benjamin D. Meier, of Fleetwood, poses with his twin brother and other family members.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Say no more!
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Say no more!

Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. joins the celebration with family friend Janelle R. Wheeland, of Williamsport, who graduated in occupational therapy assistant.
Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. joins the celebration with family friend Janelle R. Wheeland, of Williamsport, who graduated in occupational therapy assistant.

On the question of vitals, attendance at Saturday's ceremony clearly checks the final box.
On the question of vitals, attendance at Saturday’s ceremony clearly checks the final box.

Sunshine and clear sailing
Sunshine and clear sailing

Christie L. Barnes poses for photos with friends. The New Ringold resident received a radiography degree.
Christie L. Barnes poses for photos with friends. The New Ringold resident received a radiography degree.

The college’s entrance sign is always a hot spot for after-ceremony photos.
The college’s entrance sign is always a hot spot for after-ceremony photos.

After earning her associate degree, apparently choosing study over sleep, a graduate has one question.
After earning her associate degree, apparently choosing study over sleep, a graduate has one question.

Buoyed by achievement
Buoyed by achievement

Sharing success with a steadfast supporter
Sharing success with a steadfast supporter

The CAC's facade is reflected in a bus window as happiness comes into focus.
The CAC’s facade is reflected in a bus window as happiness comes into focus.

Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, introduces the morning's speaker.
Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, introduces the morning’s speaker.

A well-wisher joins a Penn College tomorrow-maker in full bloom.
A well-wisher joins a Penn College tomorrow-maker in full bloom.

A radiographic play on words
A radiographic play on words

The president delivers parting remarks to a summertime garden of graduates.
The president delivers parting remarks to a summertime garden of graduates.

Embracing the moment
Embracing the moment

An emergency medical services graduate shimmeringly shares her message with the world: "Your lives are in our hands now."
An emergency medical services graduate shimmeringly shares her message with the world: “Your lives are in our hands now.”

David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, joins students on the walk to the theater.
David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, joins students on the walk to the theater.

A dazzling midday tassel fix
A dazzling midday tassel fix

Joining classmates in the procession is applied human services major Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy.
Joining classmates in the procession is applied human services major Estee E. McLaughlin, of Muncy.

With West Fourth Street temporarily closed to everything but River Valley Transit shuttles back to campus, the traditionally high-traffic thoroughfare attracts a more-leisurely crowd.
With West Fourth Street temporarily closed to everything but River Valley Transit shuttles back to campus, the traditionally high-traffic thoroughfare attracts a more-leisurely crowd.

Adding to the day's creative caps is this homage to Beyonce and her "Lemonade" album, adorned in faux fur and empowerment of classmates.
Adding to the day’s creative caps is this homage to Beyonce and her “Lemonade” album, adorned in faux fur and empowerment of classmates.

Say it with flowers ... and with smiles
Say it with flowers … and with smiles

With the big screen above, the arts center offers a great view no matter the angle.
With the big screen above, the arts center offers a great view no matter the angle.

The words to the alma mater are projected on the big screen, giving grads the opportunity to musically recall their "Proud Penn College Days."
The words to the alma mater are projected on the big screen, giving grads the opportunity to musically recall their “Proud Penn College Days.”

With heads held high and goals set higher
With heads held high and goals set higher

Another OT major honors her chosen profession.
Another OT major honors her chosen profession.

The PCT-embossed floral wall makes for an elegant frame of reference.

Tyler S. Dimick and family enjoy his achievement. Dimick, of State College, earned a degree in applied health studies: radiography concentration.
Tyler S. Dimick and family enjoy his achievement. Dimick, of State College, earned a degree in applied health studies: radiography concentration.

Ready for health care ... and all the challenges it brings.
Ready for health care … and all the challenges it brings.

Grads face every which way in downtown's impromptu photo studio.
Grads face every which way in downtown’s impromptu photo studio.

A final wave as graduates see themselves one last time on the big screen
A final wave as graduates see themselves one last time on the big screen

 

Comments

Terri Cavagnaro,

Congrats to all graduates….love the photos! My son graduated in May 2016 with a BS in Engineering Design. He became employed within 10 days of graduation at a local engineering company! Penn College is the best!

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