Penn College Commencement: August 9, 2014


>>Seated in the auditorium
today are family and friends who have in many different
ways supported these candidates to reach the goal
represented by this ceremony. And on the platform are the
college faculty and staff who have motivated, encouraged
and inspired these students as they completed
their course work and the entire college
experience. And then, of course,
before us are the candidates for graduation who have
become good friends, mentors and colleagues developing
relationships that will serve them
well as they move into the future together. We join then as members of
an extended support network to celebrate our involvement
with these candidates and to witness their
accomplishment. That celebration begins now. Presiding over the summer
commencement ceremony is the president of the Pennsylvania
College of Technology, Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour. Dr. Gilmour? [ Applause ]>>Good morning and welcome
to the commencement exercises for the Summer 2014 class of the Pennsylvania
College of Technology. It makes me happy enough to say
the word “summer” after the kind of winter we had and the spring. Although, when you start
to think about that, you start to think about fall. And as I was reminded
this morning, if you go into the mountains,
just in case you didn’t know that the leaves are
already starting to fall. But today is special. Today is special because
you, the graduates, have the distinction
of being part of Penn Colleges
Centennial Class. You’re an illustrious
group of students that represent 100 years
of institutional success. In recognition of that
milestone membership, each of you were given a
commemorative pin today as you were robed
prior to the ceremony. Pins that I hope you will
wear with pride in remembering that Degrees that Work is more than a marketing
slogan for Penn College. On the occasion of
our centennial, we have had an enjoyable time. It’s been an opportunity for us to celebrate longstanding
connections from– and make new ones, a moment
for us to look to back at what has been done. And perhaps most
importantly, look forward to the wondrous things
we’re yet to accomplish. I’d like to put the 100th
anniversary in perspective for all of you though. And so I’d like to share
with you a few notable things that were happening in 1914. That was the start of the
First World War of course. It was the first year that
Mother’s Day was observed as an official American holiday. It was the major league
baseball debut of Babe Ruth. Some of you may not know,
Babe Ruth once hit homer in an exhibition game here on
our main campus in Williamsport. It was the dawn of
passenger airline service, a test run between the
Florida cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg, a fact
of particular interest to some of our students. And in a high school classroom
secluded in the corner of our campus, the
first adult students that would become the
Williamsport Technical Institute learned that the ability to work with their hands made them
eminently more attractive to local employers. Like them, you, soon to
be graduates before me, are a beautiful part of
our Penn College history. And when this class of 2014
crosses the stage today, and you walk back through
the lobby out into the air on Fourth Street, you will
become the latest chapter in our common story, a story
that we tell with pride, a story that’s a hundred
years in the making. It is to all those students
now that we turn our attention. Your class speaker stands
ready to represent you. The faculty mentors are on
hand to enjoy your company and you theirs for
perhaps the last time. The rest of us are here to
join in this very singular and special moment, your triumph
after all is our triumph. Your success is proof that
we have done our jobs well. So to the centennial class of
2014, I say to you, sit back and relax and enjoy this
morning’s affirmation of our mutual achievement. And to your families
and friends, those who have alternately
been your cheerleaders, your sounding boards, your
study partners, your ATMs, your confidants, and
your coconspirators and occasionally the bearers
of tough love, we welcome you to this Community Art Center in
this most deserving celebration. Now this is normally the time
when a speaker would say to you, out of respect for the audience,
please put away your telephones. Not at Penn College, we’re
the Pennsylvania College of Technology. I want you to take
out your telephones. I want you to make
sure they’re on. I want you to use hash tag PCT
grad and we want to see Twitter, Facebook posts, Instagram
pictures. We want to celebrate
and tell the world about this wonderful
celebration, and today I will be doing so from the platform,
so have a great day. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Don’t you wish you
worked for a boss like that? [ Laughter ] I’d now like to introduce
Mr. Elliott Strickland, Chief Student Affairs Officer. [ Applause ]>>President Gilmour, Mr.
Johnson, Provost Starkey, distinguished faculty and
staff, family, friends and most importantly the
August 2014 graduating class. It is my great pleasure
this morning to introduce your student
commencement speaker. I first met Kaitlin Savidge at
the beginning of her junior year at Montgomery High School. The college had just taken
over the coordination of a Youth Leadership program
from the Chamber of Commerce and every high school
in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties
nominated three students in their junior class
for the program. And Kaitlin was chosen
to represent Montgomery in our inaugural
leadership class. We were lucky that that wasn’t
the last time Kaitlin was on campus. After graduation, she continued
her education at Penn College in our paramedic program and
she has shined in the classroom. A dean’s list student, last night Kaitlin was awarded
the Susquehanna Health Program Award for paramedic, the
Dennis R. Dougherty Award and the Paramedic
Director’s Award. Kaitlin has also given back to
our community, donating time to Toys for Tots in the American
Rescue Workers and serving as a volunteer EMT with the
Montgomery Fire Department. Kaitlin graduates today with
an Associate of Applied Science in emergency medical service– services and she will soon
transition from her internship to a full time position with Evangelical Community
Hospital in Lewisburg. Please welcome your 2014
student commencement speaker, Ms. Kaitlin M. Savidge. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Good morning ladies
and gentlemen. It’s nice to see
you all here today. Being able to deliver this
commencement speech today, this morning, is such an
honor and I’m truly overjoyed. There’s so many people I
would like to thank today but we’d be here all day. But I would like to start
with Elliott Strickland for the warm introduction and all these esteemed
people sitting here behind me for nominating me today. I like to thank my
family for helping me through this trying couple of
years and my friends for dealing with my hectic schedule. And last certainly
not the least, to my paramedic family who’s
been there for me since day one and now I consider family. All class of 2014,
congratulations we made it. Each and every one of you
should be proud of yourselves. I am very proud of
myself that I never gave up in the most trying of times. We all have those moments where
we want to give up but we didn’t which is why we are here
today at graduation. We’ve made it through
the test, the papers, the all-nighters
to get here today. But they are just one of the
many battles we will have to overcome on our lives. We will not always be
successful in what we do, but I hope that we will always
have the courage to try. Steve Jobs once said, “Your time
is limited so don’t waste it, living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of other’s
drown out your inner voice. And most important, have
the courage to follow to your heart and intuition.” Many people have asked me
why I chose the career path that I did. And I never knew how to respond. I used to say, “Oh, my whole
family consists of EMTs and healthcare workers.” But that was never
a great answer. I finally found my own
reason a few months ago. I was doing a student shift at
Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg and I was with one of the toughest preceptors
that we all know. We were dispatched in the
morning for a cardiac arrest. My anxiety was already peaked and now a cardiac arrest
put the topping on the cake. Despite of my anxiety,
my team was able to successfully resuscitate
the patient and she was later
transferred to Geisinger’s ICU. I was ecstatic that we
saved another person’s life. The patient’s family
was so grateful and appreciative for
what we had done. At the end of the call, we
always have post call review, my preceptor turned to me and
about to give me my critique and surprisingly all he did
was shake my hand and tell me, “You did a great job.” In that surreal moment,
I realized my reason for why I wanted to
become a paramedic, because I love helping people. My wise program director
told me something one day that really stock
with me and that is, that being a paramedic
is much bigger than us. It is no longer about ourselves. It’s about helping other people. All of you have your own reasons for why you chose the
career path that you did and I hope you chose it because
it’s something that you love to do and that you’re proud of. Ellen DeGeneres probably
said it the best. “Follow your passion and
stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s
path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and
you see a path then by all means you
should follow that.” [ Laughter ] Congratulations class of 2014. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>As we honor our
common history this year, a century of educational
opportunities spending three institutions, we talked
a lot about family, about community and
about legacy. Today’s distinguished Alumni
Award recipient combines all of those concepts in an academic
career that goes from student to long time employee to
now retiree, who knows how to do everything he’s ever
been asked except slow down. James Cunningham, Jim to me, a
1973 Computer Science graduate of the Williamsport Area
Community College also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology Management
from Penn College. He recently retired
as our vice president for Information Technology and
Business Process Improvement. With technology so prominent
in our name, it’s no secret that we’ve invested substantial
resources to equip students and employees alike
with the tools they need to the job right. Most of you tweeting this
morning can’t remember a day without the internet existing. We are connected in ways
that none of us dreamt about when I was your age. And while it’s human
nature to speak loudest when things don’t work, like
the cellphone that won’t turn on or the battery draining
out throughout the day, I can brag that we are blessed
with IT professionals and many of them are our alumni
who have had the foresight and the responsiveness to keep
us all in touch and on task. To give you an appreciation of how we’ve written
the explosive growth of computer infrastructure,
at one point in his career, Jim had oversight of
3,500 workstations, 5,000 network ports, 180
technology classrooms and a $6.2 million budget. And the dedication to his
alma mater did not stop there. Jim and his seven siblings, all of them attending the
institution at point or another and several of them returning
after graduation for employment, has established multiple
scholarship funds to help students meet the
financial challenge of college. The Cunningham brothers and
sister, a saint I might suggest, came by their pay-it-forward
philosophy quite naturally. Their mother Jean, a member
of our nursing faculty for nearly 30 years and
their father Donald, were proud advocates
for both the college and their children’s education. In Jim’s particular
case, he’s a member of the Penn College 1914
Society, the Pillar Society, the Penn– as a Penn College
Foundation board member and he’s held countless roles
in our government system and was a knowledgeable
point of contact for our current students during
the recent 50th IT celebration. He’s a founding member of
the Williamsport Chess Club and he’s also been a
resource to any number of Bedrock Community
organizations including the Lycoming United Way, Leadership
Lycoming, Literacy Lycoming and the Lycoming Country
Health Improvement Coalition. Now, these distinguished alumni
award is presented to graduates of Penn College or its
predecessor institutions, the Williamsport Area
Community College or Williamsport Technical
Institute, who have made significant
contributions in their chosen field and they
have demonstrated the importance of education at the college and
participated in leadership roles in the community while
demonstrating a commitment to the college and
community relations. In Jim’s hands, those
criteria simply seem like a daily to do list. And we are honored
to call him our own. On a personal level,
I must tell you, that Jim has brought
wisdom, strategic thinking, problem solving and very
sound listening skills to our working relationship
and for that I, personally, will be forever grateful. On a quick footnote, this award
was originally to be presented in May in our May ceremonies
but Jim asked it’d postponed so more special people in
his life could be here. He really have does
have the entire quarter of this area reserved for
family including two members of his extended family
who are graduating today. And they can all now be
part of the celebration. So, please join me in
congratulating Jim Cunningham as the recipient of Penn
Colleges’ Distinguished Alumni Award. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Applause ]>>Go Jim. [ Laughter & Applause ]>>Congratulations. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>There you go. You can hold it and
then I’ll hold it.>>OK. You hold it. Wow, that’s a hard
act to follow. I must admit, when I learned of
this award, I had a great deal of difficulty, finding
the right words as Davie said my family
has a long connection with this institution. My mother started working
here when I was a teenager. I enrolled here in 1971. I graduated in 1973
for the first time. I went on to my professional
career. My brothers and sister followed
me attending the institution and several of them came to work at the institution
joining my mother. After 15 years, I came
back to the institution and spent the rest of my professional
career here 24 years. It’s been an incredible
experience. I feel like the college is just
connected to me in every way that an institution
possibly could. And to then receive this
award on top of everything that I have experienced in this
institution is simply beyond the ability of my words to express. It is an incredible honor
and I am so deeply grateful. Thank you, Penn College. [ Applause ] [ Applause and Inaudible
Remark ] [ Applause ] To today’s graduates,
my congratulations. Your hard work, determination
and, I suspect, many late nights have paid off. You are about to celebrate
this special day with me. As Davie said this is
indeed a very special day. You deserve the right
to celebrate but yet at the same time, it’s important whenever you
reach a major goal in your life, whenever you receive an
award like mine or a diploma like yours today, to take
a moment to thank those who helped you along the way. So if you’ll forgive me, I’m
going to take a few minutes to thank those who have
helped me along the way. First, to my mother and
father, they’re not here with us anymore, but I
know they’re watching. Thank you mom and dad. To my brothers and sisters, to
my sister-in-laws, to my nieces, to my nephews, to my very
special two stepdaughters, to all of my extended family,
thank you for your support, your love and for putting up
with me for all these years. To those who I’ve worked with
over those 24 years, thank you. We did many great
things together, things that I can look back and
I’m going to be very proud of. Many of you are on the stage
today, and I’m very fortunate to have many of you
as friends as well. And last but certainly
not least, Dr. Gilmour. Davie, you and I worked very
closely for most of my 24 years. You’ve been an inspired leader,
a role model, a mentor, a coach, a personal guide
but most of all, a true friend, thank you Davie. [ Applause ] Davie mentioned that this
was a very special day for the Cunningham family. Mom and Dad raised
eight children. All eight of them attended the
institution, seven graduated, two graduated twice, three
went on to advanced degrees at Penn State University. I think that’s a
pretty impressive record for any family. Today, we get to welcome two
more, the next generation to our small family club
of Penn College graduates, Meghan Cunningham, my
niece, brother Mike and Marsha Cunningham’s daughter and my stepdaughter,
Rochelle Horning. I wish I could see
you guys but I can’t.>>Well, they’re out there.>>Yeah, but I know
you’re out there. And my step daughter
Rochelle Horning, daughter of Windy
Miller [assumed spelling] and Scott Horning. Congratulations. I think I can speak for
your entire extended family. We are all so enormously
proud of you today and you are much loved. Welcome to the club. [ Applause ] And then just one
more short remark, I do have a very special
announcement to make. The word “special” keeps ringing
through today, doesn’t it? Davie mentioned our Cunningham
family scholarship fund, our way to give back
to the institution. Well, it seems only
fitting that in this year where the college is celebrating
its 100th anniversary that I can announce to my family
and to all the other supporters of our fund that this year, just recently our fund
balance now exceeds $100,000. [ Applause ] So, on closing, again,
graduates, congratulations and my very best wishes for your
continued success in the future. And to Penn College for bestowing upon me this
incredible honor, thank you, thank you from the
bottom of my heart. I will cherish this forever. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Good job.>>Thank you. [ Inaudible Remark ] Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Ladies and gentlemen,
as many of you know, the legal corporate body
of the Pennsylvania College of Technology has its
board of directors. This is the body that by
our charter has given final responsibility for the
government’s welfare and all other interest
pertaining to the college. Though some responsibilities
are delegated, ultimate authority
rest with the board. At this time, I’d like to
call upon Mr. Steven Johnson, member of the board of directors
to authorize the conferring of degrees of this ceremony. Mr. Johnson.>>Thank you very much Mr.
Starkey and also to Jim, my congratulations and
expression of appreciation on behalf of our entire
community for the continuation of your distinctive
service to our community. We are blessed with
you presence. Congratulations again. To all those of you who are
about to become graduates, this is a very special occasion. In many respects, it is
the end of one beginning and the beginning of a
new chapter of your lives. The degrees being awarded
have come from hard work from the guidance and wisdom of
the faculty and from the support of your family and friends. And on behalf of the board
of directors, I extend to all of the graduates our
congratulations and best wishes. And to all of the supporting
family, members of the faculty and friends, I extend our
thanks for your support and congratulations
on your success. Now, I turn to my official duty. Dr. Gilmour, by the virtue
of the authority vested in the board of directors
of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, I authorize you,
on behalf of the board to confer on each of these candidates
the degree earned as certified by the appropriate
dean, Dr. Gilmour.>>Thank you. [ Applause ]>>All the candidates
for the Bachelor of Science degree please rise.>>That’s always a good
start, when you know which degree you’re getting. [ Laughter ] Sometimes we have to
do a little coaching.>>Dr. Gilmour, upon
recommendation of the faculty, I’m pleased to inform
you that these women and men have satisfactorily
completed the requirements for the Bachelor
of Science degree.>>By virtue of the authority
vested in my by the board of directors of the Pennsylvania
College of Technology, I do hereby confer upon you
the Bachelor of Science degrees that you have earned with all
of the rights and privileges and with congratulations
from the board of directors, the faculty and the staff. Congratulations. [ Applause ]>>You may be seated. Will the candidates for
all associate degrees and certificates please rise. Dr. Gilmour, upon recommendation
of the faculty I’m pleased to inform you that these men and women have satisfactorily
completed the requirements for their respective associate
degrees and certificates.>>Thank you. By virtue of the authority
vested in me by the board of directors, the Pennsylvania
College of Technology, I do hereby confer upon
you the associate degrees and certificates that you have
earned with all of its rights and privileges, and with
congratulations from the board of directors, the
administration and the faculty. Congratulations. [ Cheering & Applause ] Please remain standing. And with the baccalaureate
graduates, please rise also. And Kaitlin, would
you join me over here? Ladies and gentlemen,
a little bit ago, you entered this theater as
candidates for the certificates and degrees that you’ve
earned, it was my honor to confer those upon you
just a few minutes ago. You are now a member of the
world of educated women and men. And a symbol of that is
the graduation tassel. I will turn the tassel of
your class representative, and if you follow, this
will symbolize to the world that you are in fact
now a graduate of the Pennsylvania
College of Technology. [ Cheering & Applause ] Just put that [inaudible]. We have to do that, right? OK. Are you ready?>>Yup.>>OK. You push the button. [ Cheering & Applause ] Good job. And you,
[inaudible] be afraid. You may all sit down now. [ Laughter ] Watch. That would be
posted a little bit later. [ Laughter ] As individuals and institutions,
we all pass through clear stages of development, points in time
where we grow into new roles and new responsibilities. This ceremony is a transition
event for all graduates. Today, we will recognize
individuals with academic honors. Students with gold, silver or white chords during these
ceremonies, white for honors, silver for high honors and gold for highest honors will
identify these students. Blue chords will signify
academic achievement for certificate students. In addition, we are very proud
to recognize our graduates who are members of
Phi Theta Kappa. Their gold stoles and gold
tassels will identify them. We will also recognize graduates
of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. White stoles will
identify these students. We would now like to
recognize the veterans. They will be identified by their
red, white and blue chords. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Applause ] I’d like to ask all veterans
who are graduating today who have served on active
duty as well as those serving in all branches of the
military to please stand. Would our veterans please stand? [ Cheering & Applause ] Would you remain standing? Thank you. [ Cheering & Applause ] I’d like to tell
you a little bit about our veterans
of Penn College. Six of them have
earned the Purple Heart. Nine of them have
earned the bronze star, 79 of them have earned
Iraq campaign medals and 50 of them Afghanistan
campaign medals. We are very proud of
our veteran students. Let’s thank them again. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Applause ] You may be seated. [Applause ] At this time, Carolyn
Strickland, the vice president for enrollment management
and associate provost and the respective school
representatives will present the candidates. Now, we know this is
a time when you want to capture those particular
photographs for the memory of today’s special event,
and you’re welcome to come down in front and do that. We simply ask that you
leave the area in front of the official photographer
open so that they may capture
their pictures as well. With that, our ceremony begins. Let’s get this moving, right? [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Applause ] [ Pause ] [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Pause ] [ Cheering ] [ Inaudible Remarks ]>>President Gilmour, I present
the graduates from the School of Business in Hospitality.>>Thank you.>>Jesilynn Jean Henry.>>Congratulations. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Jennifer M. Baker [ Cheering & Applause ] Marlin Earl Moyer [ Cheering & Applause ]>>President Gilmour, I present
the graduates from the School of Construction and
Design Technologies.>>Thank you.>>Danielle Francis Tabolinsky. [ Cheering & Applause ] Aaron James Sallade. [ Cheering & Applause ] Matthew R. McCoy. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>President Gilmour,
I present the graduates from the School of
Health Sciences.>>Thank you.>>Christopher M. Gratalo. [ Cheering & Applause ] Deborah Jean Waycaster. [ Cheering & Applause ] Shaila B. Fabiani. [ Cheering & Applause ] Shannon Lynn Abercrombie. [ Cheering & Applause ] Tara Lynn Knight. [ Cheering & Applause ] Liza J. Pritchyk. [ Cheering & Applause ] Andrea Lynn Shatz. [ Cheering & Applause ] Alison Kate Van Metter. [ Cheering & Applause ] Melody J. Henderson. [ Cheering & Applause ] Beth A. Barger. [ Cheering & Applause ] Carli Caitlin Bower. [ Cheering & Applause ] Danielle M. Brion. [ Cheering & Applause ] Linda Kay Burkholder. [ Cheering & Applause ] Brittney Lyn Dewalt. [ Cheering & Applause ] Felicia Ann DiBernardo. [ Cheering & Applause ] Melissa M. Eknaian. [ Cheering & Applause ] Lily Caroline Fields. [ Cheering & Applause ] Cara Lindsay Frankevich. [ Cheering & Applause ] Courtney Lynne Fritz. [ Cheering & Applause ] Julianne Leah Gay. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Yes.>>Dannyella M. Germello. [ Cheering & Applause ] Elizabeth Hope Good
[assumed spelling] [ Cheering & Applause ] Kendra Leigh Gottschall. [ Cheering & Applause ] Karen E. Koch. [ Cheering & Applause ] Rina Marlina Koch
[assumed spelling] [ Cheering & Applause ] Elizabeth Samara Korn. [ Cheering & Applause ] Samantha F. Kuhn
[assumed spelling] [ Cheering & Applause ] Allison Devon McClosky. [ Cheering & Applause ] Crissie Lynn Miller-Swartwood. [ Cheering & Applause ] Mackenzie Kathryn Mills. [ Cheering & Applause ] Mayra A. Perez [ Cheering & Applause ] Amber E. Poust. [ Cheering & Applause ] Heather Lee Puglisse. [ Cheering & Applause ] Nicole Marie Reeves. [ Cheering & Applause ] Whitney Kathlene Rohm. [ Cheering & Applause ] Matthew T. Schmeltz. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kaitlyn Emily Sheets. [ Cheering & Applause ] Carla Lin Shink [assumed
spelling] [ Cheering & Applause ] Marcia Eve Shives. [ Cheering & Applause ] Stephanie Erin Stahl. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kayla Michelle Stahlnecker. [ Cheering & Applause ] Matthew B. Walck. [ Cheering & Applause ] Weena Jessica Walton. [ Cheering & Applause ] Corinne Marie Williams. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kristi Marie Fourney. [ Cheering & Applause ] Amy Leanne Hill. [ Cheering & Applause ] Stephanie Sanguinetti. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sarah Louise Snyder. [ Cheering & Applause ] Traci Lorraine Banfield. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sarah L. Bensinger. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kristin Kay Boatman. [ Cheering & Applause ] Molly E. Campbell. [ Cheering & Applause ] Zoie H. Cipriani. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kelly Michelle Daum. [ Cheering & Applause ] Casey Freece Davis. [ Cheering & Applause ] Paula B. Eriksen
[assumed spelling] [ Cheering & Applause ] Samantha Dawn Grinnell. [ Cheering & Applause ] Andrew Brice Hagerman. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sarah Marie Knorr. [ Applause ] Angela Nicole Krebs. [ Cheering & Applause ] Krista N. Kreider. [ Cheering & Applause ] Marissa G. Lepley. [ Cheering & Applause ] Acacia M. Lucas [assumed
spelling] [ Cheering & Applause ] Danielle A. Marnati. [ Cheering & Applause ] Shaddon K. Rice. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Yes.>>Janae Brooke Rohrer. [ Cheering & Applause ] Robin L. Splain. [ Cheering & Applause ] Tiffany Maria Turgeon. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kathleen R. Watson. [ Cheering & Applause ] Emily Grace White. [ Cheering & Applause ] Ryan M. Byers. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Kanokpitchaya Cleveland
[assumed spelling]?>>Yes. Yes.>>Kanokpitchaya Cleveland. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Yeah.>>Jaclyn Tara DeLauretis. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kristen Leigh Douglass. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sandra Dianne Fernandez. [ Cheering & Applause ] Matthew James Freer. [ Cheering & Applause ] Lindsay M. Gilbert. [ Applause ] Burgundy Anne Gray. [ Cheering & Applause ] Keith Richard Hammack. [ Applause ] Shion F. Harrison. [ Cheering & Applause ] Emily P. Hunter. [ Applause ]>>Paucke Imrisek.>>Yeah, perfect.>>Ashley Paucke Imrisek. [ Applause ] Soba Iyeimo. [ Cheering & Applause ] Justin L. Kelchner. [ Cheering & Applause ] Katherine Ann Kudrick. [ Applause ] Todd Edward McClanahan. [ Cheering & Applause ] Katherine Leigh McCollum. [ Cheering & Applause ] Heather A. Miller. [ Cheering & Applause ] Timothy J. Rawcliff. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sheree Natasha Regisford. [ Cheering & Applause ] Oana Stingu. [ Cheering & Applause ] Shannon Danielle Synoracki. [ Cheering & Applause ] Christopher Taiwo. [ Cheering & Applause ] Jessica L. Torluccio. [ Cheering & Applause ] Anika Rae Webb. [ Cheering & Applause ] Scott C. Forbes. [ Cheering & Applause ] John Edward Fox. [ Cheering & Applause ] Debra Louise Mott. [ Cheering & Applause ] Samuel D. Piatt. [ Cheering & Applause ] Parker John Shaw. [ Cheering & Applause ] Steven Matthew Thompson. [ Cheering & Applause ] Nathan Joel Katzmaier. [ Cheering & Applause ] Courtney Nicole Allen. [ Cheering & Applause ] Karen Marie Ashton. [ Cheering & Applause ] Terry Michael Conard. [ Cheering & Applause ] Patrick David Crowley. [ Applause ] Jessica A. Ebert. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kelly Renee Hebert. [ Applause ] Korinne?>>Yes.>>Korinne M. Hepenstall. [ Cheering & Applause ] Kyra Ann Hughes. [ Cheering & Applause ] Tonya Nicole Krug. [ Cheering & Applause ] Ashley C. Maines. [ Cheering & Applause ] Stephanie M. Malatesta. [ Cheering & Applause ] Jennifer L. Mann. [ Cheering & Applause ] Lauren Kathryn Musheno. [ Cheering & Applause ] Chelsea Kay Newhart. [ Cheering & Applause ] Elizabeth Y. Rogers. [ Cheering & Applause ] Lindsey Nicole Rosenberry. [ Cheering & Applause ] Katheryn Maria Slivinski. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sarah Rachel Taylor. [ Applause ] Katelyn Elizabeth Watson. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ] Hanan Ali Almuhathab. [ Cheering & Applause ] Jaclyn M. Cardini. [ Cheering ] Bryan Lee Coffey. [ Cheering & Applause ] Logan C. Dillon. [ Cheering ] Danielle Jordan Gansel. [ Cheering & Applause ] Geneva Renee Johnson.>>Geneva! [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Heather Renee Krepps. [ Cheering & Applause ] Derrike Benjamin Kulp. [ Cheering & Applause ] Melissa J. Lake. [ Cheering & Applause ] Dawn Marie Litz. [ Applause ] Abbey M. Lucas. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ] Zahra Mohseni.>>Yes.>>Zahra Mohseni. [ Applause ]>>President Gilmour, I present
the graduates from the School of Industrial Computing and
Engineering Technologies.>>Thank you.>>Michael G. Ciaccia. [ Cheering & Applause ] Christopher Scott Frantz. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Congratulations.>>Jacob L. Garn. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ] Abduljabar Hamadeen. [ Cheering & Applause ] Michael K. Hooker. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>President Gilmour, I present
the graduates from the School of Sciences, Humanities
and Visual Communications.>>Congratulations.>>Meghan Caroline Cunningham. [ Cheering & Applause ] Rachelle N. Horning. [ Cheering & Applause ] Meagan R. Jennings.>>Congratulations. [ Cheering & Applause ] Carmen L. Lebby. [ Cheering & Applause ] Heather A. Zerbe. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Congratulations. [ Inaudible Remark ]>>Cassondra Eve Leljedal. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>Congratulations.>>Kelsey Eileen McElewee. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sandra L. Meckley. [ Cheering & Applause ] Carla S. Miller. [ Applause ] Christina Mary Nelson. [ Cheering ] Nicole E. Phillips. [ Cheering & Applause ] Brandon William Knapp. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>President Gilmour, I present
the graduates of the School of Transportation, Natural
Resources Technology.>>Thank you.>>Kyle James Stenglein. [ Cheering & Applause ] Richard P. Mills. [ Cheering ] Ashley Marie Baker. [ Cheering & Applause ] Sean P. Gunnoud. [ Cheering & Applause ] Garrett Michael Langham. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ] Nicholas A. Tschepikiewski. [ Applause ] Jake Oliver Urich. [ Cheering & Applause ] Zachary J. Vleminckx. [ Applause ] [ Inaudible Remark ] Shawn T. Knapp and
Luke Charles Laughlin. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Laughter ] Matthew Joseph Lessard
[assumed spelling]? [ Inaudible Remark ] [ Cheering & Applause ] Matthew Joseph Lessard. [ Cheering & Applause ] Joshua A. Sweigart. [ Cheering & Applause ] Dustin Lyle Krause. [ Cheering & Applause ] And Kaitlin Marie Savidge. [ Cheering & Applause ] [ Pause ]>>I think everybody’s
back to their seats. You know, I have to
just tell you a little– this is not in the script. This ceremony in the summer as
you could tell had, you know, a large portion of
Health Sciences. So, there’s two things,
as a college president, to think about when you see all
these health science graduates. First, you get the price
for the best decorated caps. [ Cheering & Applause ] Yes. That includes May as well. Hands down, you have
the best cap. Second, when the last health
science student crosses the stage, I take a deep
sigh of relief that no one has fallen
off their high heels. [ Laughter ] You know, this is my
16th year as president and it’s never gotten easier to see Health Sciences
cross the stage. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] Some year, I’m going to hand
out flip flops to everybody. [ Laughter ] I have this vision
of catching someone. Mr. Johnson and I,
doing the catch. So now, on a more serious note. Your connection to the
college does not end today. You are now members of the Penn
College Alumni Association. And the reason that we think
that is so important is that we need to hear
how successful you are in what you’re doing
with these degrees and certificates
that you have earned. So you’re going to hear
from us on a regular basis through the e-newsletter
for alumni and we really need
to hear from you. We want to hear about
your successes, your personal milestones so
that we can brag about you to the world because you
are in fact the reason that we do what we do. About six months from
now, you’re going to get the graduate survey and that’s a really important
document for us to learn about your feelings and your
experience at Penn College and we would encourage
you to respond to that. Now, there’s a nice
finished speech in my binder that normally I would
give to you right now. But I was getting ready this
morning and I thought a lot about the word legacy so
I’m going to nix the speech and just talk to
you for a moment. I would ask the graduates
to imagine that it’s just me and you, a little hard with
the other 2,000 people here but just pretend
they’re not here. Because one of the things
that’s my distinct honor at every commencement is to be
the last person to speak to you. It’s an honor I don’t
take lightly. It’s one that means a great deal
to me because you are the reason that I get up every day. As I was thinking about legacy
in our 100th anniversary, we’ve been talking a lot
about our legacy of leaders, our legacy of graduates,
our legacy of employees. I mean, I think about
Jim Cunningham. He has left an incredible
legacy at this institution. What I didn’t tell you in the
opening speech for Jim was that when I came as a
faculty member 37 years ago, his mom was one of the first
people who looked after me. Now, looking after me
37 years ago meant, how do I find the cafeteria,
where’s the bathroom, how do you get things
duplicated. You probably don’t even know
what a mimeograph machine was, but how to work it. So she left a legacy. When we think about legacy, it’s
an important thing to remember and my question to you is this. You’ve accomplished a great
deal, you’ve studied hard, you’ve learned a lot, you heard
from your student’s speaker that she’s already
touched lives, many of you in this
room already have. So, my last challenge
to you is this. If you look to tomorrow or you
look to five years from now, or you look 37 years
back on your first job, what will your legacy be? What do you want people
to remember you for? It’s not too early to
start to think about that. You’ll make mistakes
along the way. I make them every day. And my goal is to just not
make the same one tomorrow. But most importantly,
as it’s been said today, this is a new beginning,
so take this new beginning and begin to write your legacy. You’re worth it. The world needs it and
we’re proud of you. So, I am the last one to
get to say congratulations. Go out in the world and
celebrate and then start to think about that legacy. But most of all, please
make us Penn College proud because we are proud of you. Thank you. [ Cheering & Applause ]>>I invite those who
are able to stand. Gentlemen, remove your caps and
everyone to join in the singing of the Penn College Alma Mater. The words may be found on
page 2 of your program. [ Inaudible Remarks ]>>[Background Music]
[Singing] Yes, indeed, our mountains fair
on the Susquehanna. Stands a beacon shining through,
Alma Mater gray and blue. As the years continue on, we
will sing this song of grace. And forever treasure our
proud Penn College days, our proud Penn College days.

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