Penn College Commencement: May 13, 2011

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[ Silence ]
[ Music ]
>> Good afternoon.
This commencement ceremony begins with the entrance
of the candidates for graduation from the Schools
of Construction & Design Technologies and Health Sciences
from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Please join me in welcoming the candidates for graduation.
[ Music ]
>> Please rise if you're able for the national anthem
to be performed by Leah Nathan [phonetic].
Leah is the daughter of faculty member Brad Nathan.
Gentlemen, please remove your caps.
[ Silence ]
[ Music ]
[ Applause ]
>> You may be seated.
[ Noise ]
>> Seated in the auditorium are families and friends
in many different ways supported each candidates
to reach the goal represented by the ceremony.
On the platform, the college and staff who's motivated,
encouraged, and inspired these students
as they completed their course work in their college experience
and before us are the candidates for graduation
who had become good friends, mentors, and colleagues
with open relationships that will serve them well
as they move in to the future together.
We join them as members of an extended support network
to celebrate our involvement with these candidates
and to witness their accomplishments.
That celebration now begins.
Presiding over the main commencement ceremony is the
President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology,
Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour.
[ Applause ]
>> Thank you and good afternoon,
and welcome to our beautiful Community Arts Center
and to the commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2011.
Today, you the graduates become part of a very proud legacy.
For nearly 100 years, this institution has prepared men
and women to thrive in a changing world
to enter the workforce and to advance into positions
that will influence our future.
As we celebrate your commencement today,
we also look forward to the contributions
that you will make in the days to come.
This is truly a ceremony that honors the past,
the present, and the future.
We appreciate the efforts that you have put forth in order
to reach these milestones and I ask each of you today to be sure
to take time to gratefully acknowledge the support you have
received from your family, your friends, your faculty,
and your staff mentors.
This day is important to all of us.
I hope it is the day you will remember forever.
[ Pause ]
[ Applause ]
>> Now, I would like to introduce Mr. Elliott
Strickland, Interim Chief Student Affairs Officer.
[ Pause ]
[ Noise ]
>> President Gilmour, Chairman Dunham, distinguished faculty
and staff, parents and guests,
and most importantly, our 2011 graduates.
It is my distinct pleasure to introduce
to you your May 2011 Student Commencement Speaker,
Adam J. Yoder.
[ Applause ]
>> Know, I've known Adam for most of his time here
at Penn College but I have the distinct pleasure last evening
of sitting with him and his parents
at the Penn College Awards.
Adam was one of 15 students who was honored with this reward
for his outstanding student leadership
and significant contributions to student life in our campus.
Now, after some general introductions around the table
and some small-- and some initial small talks,
the conversation quickly moved to embarrassing stories
about Adam before we knew him.
Now, at this point, Adam is getting really nervous as to
which story I'm gonna tell you.
The best story was one in which Adam's mom shared
with us the discussion that Adam had with her
when he returned home in December
after his very first semester at college.
Suffice it to say that Adam got in a little bit
of trouble celebrating the end
of his first academically successful semester
at Penn College.
I believe it would be accurate to say that in the midst
of that conversation, neither Adam nor his parents would have
thought that he would be standing in front
of you delivering the commencement message
and accomplishing all that he had in his time at Penn College.
Adam is a strong finisher.
These accomplishments span his life as a student both inside
and outside of the classroom.
Outside of the classroom,
Adam is one of the most recognizable students
on our campus and if you don't remember his face,
you'll certainly remember his laugh.
Adam served respective Penn College students
as the Presidential Student Ambassador.
He served his fellow Penn College students
as an off campus community assistant
and through his involvement
in the Student Government Association
as the Executive Vice President during the 2009-2010 academic
year and as its President during the current 2010-2011 academic
year and he has served the entire Penn College Community
through his involvement
in the College Governance Committee voting
as a student representative on college council
in the Academic Standards and Issues Committee
through his role on our Middle States Accreditation Committee
and our Foundations of Excellence Self-Study Committee.
Again, Adam is a strong finisher.
Inside the classroom, Adam has been an outstanding student.
He graduated in December 2008 with 2 associate degrees,
one in electrical technology and one
in electromechanical maintenance technology.
>> Today, he graduates with a Bachelor of Science
in Building Automated Technology with a minor
in Business Administration.
As, I said before Adam is a strong finisher,
so strong that in his last year of college,
that stereotypical year of coasting in senior year,
Adam earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.
At Penn College career will be top off
at tonight's Academic Awards Ceremony
where he receives the President's Award for Leadership
and Service to the college.
You can't finish much stronger than that.
As Adam moves on to his next phase of life,
it is clear that he is moving from the idea
of finishing strong to that of starting strong.
He currently has 3 job offers on the table
after declining a fourth
at a prestigious international corporation.
There is no doubt that from day 1,
Adam will be making a difference in his professional life just
as he has done here at Penn College.
Please help me welcome your May 2011 Student Commencement
Speaker, Adam Yoder.
[ Applause ]
>> Good afternoon everyone.
Let me start by first thanking Mr. Elliot Strickland
for that interesting introduction.
I would like to thank the Penn College faculty,
staff and administration for their support and efforts
in our time at Penn College.
Thank you to all the family and friends
of every graduate here today.
Thank you for your love, support, and most importantly,
your patience to a very significant time in our lives.
Most importantly, thank you Pennsylvania College Technology
Class of 2011.
Thank you for the privilege of addressing you this afternoon.
It would be an honor serving as your representative
to the administration
in the college community the past 2 years and thank you
for the memories and experiences that you've given me.
After discovering that I have been selected
as the commencement speaker, I began thinking of what to say
and it wasn't really easy.
I ask myself the question, what is Penn College?
What would I say as an alumnus
to somebody asking me about Penn College?
First thing to come to mind are degrees of work,
the academics the programs that are offered here,
but that's common sense.
There's more to Penn College than just academics.
There's-- the personal interactions and experiences
that you can't get anywhere else.
There's the out-of-classroom experience
that you can't put a price on, getting involved,
developing your leadership skills.
The education that you get hanging out with your friends
across the street at Kimball's
and playing [inaudible] [laughter].
These experiences make Penn College what it is.
The people make Penn College what it is.
Class of 2011, we make Penn College what it is.
When putting the speech together,
I also ask myself what is my place and purpose
as a Penn College alumni?
How do I contribute to my alma mater
after I'm in the workforce?
Asking these questions made me realize
that our experiences here and the people here have molded us
into the people that we've become.
As we move forward into the workforce
and show what we have become, we carry with us these experiences,
these memories and the education that we've obtained.
We carry with us and demonstrate Penn College.
But [inaudible] that passion and drive that got us today,
we will continue to build the name that is Penn College just
like the alumni that we are joined today have done
in their careers.
Sharing our experiences good and bad
with others shows what an amazing place this is,
it puts more value and is what already a superb institution.
We will make Penn College what it is
for future students and alumni.
The Class of 2011, I know you have it in you.
I've seen it throughout my time here.
I've seen you raise 35,000 plus dollars
through a scholarship in under a year.
I've seen you involve in community service projects
in local area and beyond.
I've seen the drives and the passion you all possess
and that's why I know you can do it
and that is what will make us all successful
in the real world.
Keep doing what you've done so far
and you'll all be successful.
I'm sure of it.
And one last thing before I finish,
stay in touch with our alma mater.
Keep in touch with our professors, administrators,
and staff whom we've developed relationships with.
Most importantly, stay in touch with each other,
all the work we've put in,
all the memories we've shared have developed a bond
that cannot be broken.
It's important for us to maintain that bond
and grow that bond alumni.
Maintaining that bond will be a contributing factor
to our success as professionals in our interests and fields.
Maintaining a relationship
with our alma mater will be a contributing factor
to our success.
Class of 2011, thank you for allowing me this honor today.
Thank you for the memories and thank you for being you.
Congratulations everybody.
[ Applause ]
>> The distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a graduate
of the Pennsylvania College of Technology or its forerunners
to the Williamsport Area Community College
and the Williamsport Technical Institute
who had demonstrated the importance of education
by making significant contributions in the field,
participating a leadership roles in the community,
a demonstrating a commitment to the college and to the community
in terms of its community relations.
The 2010 Distinguished Alumni--
the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented today
to Ed McCabe, a member of the class of 1967 and a member
of the electrical technology faculty in the School
Of Construction And Design Technologies.
After completing his associate degree
in Electronics Technology, Ed and a business partner opened
up Mek-Tronix Laboratories Corporation.
In the 70's, he generated 5 patents including those
for several prominent technologies, caller ID
and the fax handshake protocol and the telephone memory dialer.
That's right, you can thank Ed today because we are now able
to screen unwanted phone calls.
[ Laughter ]
>> That's right.
[ Applause ]
>> We see Ed's father was a math and science teacher in the days
when the institution was known
as the Williamsport Technical Institute.
His parents-- [inaudible] over here,
his parents actually met there at WTI
where his mother was a secretary,
so even before he was born,
his legacy was beginning on our campus.
The connection to WTI grew when Ed was
in the sixth grade working on a science fair project
with a girl named Marilyn.
Her father just happened to be Dr. Kenneth Carl,
President of the Williamsport Technical Institute.
Dr. Carl noticed Ed's interest in electronics
and gave him his old radio to restore and listen to the radio
in his bedroom until he left home
after graduating from the college.
But what about the pinball machine.
Now, that's another project that young Ed took on.
After one of his father's WTI friends handed
over a broken machine, Ed not only fixed the pinball machine,
but he used what he learned about electrical wiring
and logic circuits who later build a computer that he entered
in to his ninth grade science fair.
The computer built from the knowledge Ed gained fixing an
old pinball machine went on to a state-wide fair
where he'd earned second place.
By the age of 15, Ed was fixing radios,
televisions to earn spending money.
After he graduated from the Williamsport Area Community
College, he spent more than 35 years working
in the electronics industry in product management, marketing,
quality control, research and development.
In addition to his work with the telephone,
Ed works on projects related
to semiconductors and computerization.
He also helped bring the first computer-operated prototype
printer used in the printing industry
from prototype to production.
During his years in business, Ed hired a number of our graduates.
In fact, 2 men that he once hired,
now teach at Penn College.
In 2001, Ed decided he'd like teach as well.
We have been honored to have him in our classroom
for the last decade teaching classes related
to electrical technology, electronics
and computer networking.
He plans to retire one of these days.
We're not sure when and that's okay with us.
We certainly expect that our connection
with Ed McCabe will continue forever.
Our connection just seems to be part of a much bigger plan.
It's my honor to introduce
to you the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient,
Mr. Ed McCabe.
[ Applause ]
>> Thank you.
[ Inaudible Remark ]
[ Applause ]
>> Thank you, President Gilmour for that wonderful introduction.
It was probably less longer than my speech.
[ Laughter ]
>> But, you know who to blame now once I miss this.
I have your number.
[ Laughter ]
>> When I got a notification I was getting this reward,
it left me speechless for first time I'm probably over 40 years
in my wife will attest to that I couldn't talk
for probably half an hour 'till like regained my composure
and she finally asked me what got me so speechless
and she's never known me not to talk and neither do any
of my students that are out there today.
>> But never fear, I have my voice back.
When I thought about what I was going to say today,
my first thoughts were, do I write a list
of all the people I need to thank throughout my career
and list all my accomplishments,
but Dr. Gilmour is taking care of that for me.
And I decided, you know, I don't need to come up with a long list
of people I need to thank and I'm not gonna write a speech.
I'll talk to you the way I do when I talk
to my students from the heart.
And so, there are only 2 thank you's I have.
Number 1 is this college for giving me the education
to start me down the road to a really wonderful career
which I intend to end here when I finally do retire.
I'll pick a date.
We'll see if we stick to it.
And the other thank you has to go to my wonderful wife,
Sherri for all the years she supported me
from the lean times to the good times.
And that brings me to something that happens to me
about the mid time of every semester.
I get 2 questions from my students.
Once they get to know me and we get to talk,
the first question I get is always this way.
Did you really invent caller ID?
[Laughter] Yes, I did.
That leads to how, why, and I tell them this
and this goes back to something that was attributed
to the Romans which actually goes back to the times of Plato
and translated roughly as Necessity
as the mother of invention.
There was a need for caller ID, so therefore it was an invention
that I was able to come up with.
But this applies to anything to do in life.
If there's a need for something, go forth, put your effort
into it and apply yourself
and you'll be thrilled with the results.
Now the second question I always get
after I explain the caller ID and we'll go
through how it works a little bit, is if you did all that,
what are you doing here.
[Laughter] And my answer to that is I love it.
It's the most rewarding job I have ever had.
When I can see what I can do with the student in one semester
or when I get them to the point where they're going to graduate
as you are today is very rewarding.
And I will tell them and I tell you to be successful.
You definitely have to have a passion for what you're doing.
And if you have a passion for what you're doing,
you will be successful.
If you lose that passion, your odds of success are way down.
So enjoy what you're doing, keep the passion,
keep up the good work.
In closing, there are 2 quotes that come to mind
that I'm going to read to you.
The first one is from Abraham Lincoln,
"That some achieve great success, is proof to all
that others can achieve it as well."
The second one comes from somebody that was a radio
and television personality that I listen to and watch
as I was growing up, and that was Art Linkletter
and his quote was, "Things turn out the best for people
who make the best out of the way things turn out."
And I think both of those are very appropriate and is--
I was reminded before I came up here today, you're so used
to talking in box of 50 minutes, maybe you won't be able to do
that today and I will cut this short.
[Laughter] And I will congratulate all of you
that are graduates in here today and I wish you all happiness
and success in your future and in your careers.
Thank you and thank Penn College for the support.
I really do appreciate it.
[ Applause ]
>> Teaching is the heart of Penn College
and we place a high value on the teaching and learning process.
In recognizing teaching excellence,
we demonstrate the best of what Penn College has to offer.
As we celebrate the fine work that takes place
in our classrooms and our laboratories,
we confirm our mission.
The Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented each May
at commencement to full-time faculty members
who have been nominated by students in college
for their excellence in instructional performance.
Since 1982, 87 distinguished teaching awards have been
presented and tomorrow we will have the pleasure
of presenting these awards.
Thank you.
[ Noise ]
>> Ladies and gentlemen, as many of you know,
the legal corporate body, the Pennsylvania College
of Technology as its board of directors, this is the body
that by our charter is given final responsibility
for the government's welfare
and all other interests pertaining to the college.
Though some responsibilities are delegated,
ultimate authority rest to its board.
At this time, I would like to call upon Dr. Robert Dunham,
Chairman of the Board of Directors
to authorize the conferring of degrees at this ceremony.
Dr. Dunham.
[ Noise ]
>> Provost Starkey, members of the faculty,
and of course the graduating class of 2011.
Even on Friday the 13th,
this has to be a very special day for you.
The degrees being awarded here today has come
from your hard work, from the strong support
of the faculty and friends.
And on behalf of the Board of Directors
of the Pennsylvania College of Technology,
I extend to all the graduates our congratulations
and best wishes.
And to the supporting faculty members and faculty and friends,
I extend to you our thanks, too.
Now, I turn to my official duty, Dr. Gilmour.
By 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 graduates the degree earned as certified
by the appropriate dean.
[ Noise ]
>> Will the candidates for the Bachelor
of Science degrees, please rise.
[ Noise ]
>> Dr. Gilmour upon recommendation of the faculty,
I am pleased to inform you that these men
and women have satisfactorily completed their requirements
for the Bachelor of Science degree.
>> Thank you.
By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board
of Directors of Pennsylvania College of Technology,
I do hereby confer upon you the Bachelor
of Science degrees you have earned with all of the rights
and privileges, and with congratulations from the Board
of Directors, the faculty and the administration.
[ Applause ]
>> You may be seated.
Will the candidates for all Associate degrees
and certificates, please rise.
[ Noise ]
>> Dr. Gilmour, upon recommendation of the faculty,
I am pleased to inform you that these men
and women have satisfactorily completed the requirements
for their respective Associate degrees and certificates.
>> By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board
of Directors of the Pennsylvania College of Technology,
I do hereby confer upon you the Associate degrees
and certificates that you have earned with all of the rights
and privileges and with congratulations from the Board
of Directors, the faculty, the administration and the staff.
[ Applause ]
>> Now, if you all please remain standing.
And will the baccalaureate graduates, please stand.
And Adam, come over here.
[ Laughter ]
>> This always worried me.
[ Laughter ]
>> It's the simple things, Adam.
Ladies and gentlemen, you entered this theater today
as candidates for certificates
and degrees that you have earned.
You have just had those degrees conferred upon you.
As a simple of your entry into the world of educated men
and women, I ask you to join me as I turn the graduation tassel
of your class representative.
This symbolizes that in fact you are now a graduate
of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
[ Applause ]
>> You may be seated.
[ Noise ]
>> It's a good thing that wasn't a final exam.
As institutions and individuals, we all passed
through stages of development.
>> Point in time where we grow into new roles
and new responsibility.
This ceremony is the transition event
for every graduate in the room.
Today, we will recognize individuals
with academic honors.
Outstanding academic achievement is recognized for all students.
The gold, silver or white cord
that they wear during this ceremony, white for honors,
silver for high honor, and gold
for highest honor can identify these students.
In addition, we are proud to recognize graduates
who are members of Phi Theta Kappa.
Their gold stole and gold tassels can identify
these students.
We will also recognize graduates from Alpha Chi Honor Society,
white stole who'll identify those students.
And we would now like to recognize our veterans.
They are identified by the red, white, and blue cords.
Those who are graduating including those--
[ Applause ]
>> Who served in all active branches
of the military or on the reserve.
Will the veterans, please rise.
[ Applause ]
[ Background Applause ]
>> And I will ask you to remain standing
because I wanna tell you how proud we are of our veterans.
In the veterans attending Penn College,
we have 3 for Purple Heart recipients.
We have 5 from bronze star recipients.
We have 76 Iraq service medal recipients
and 17 Afghanistan service medal recipients.
We are very proud of you.
Thank you.
[ Applause ]
>> You may be seated.
[ Applause ]
>> At this time, we'd like to take a few minutes
to honor the memory of a young woman who's not here
to celebrate commencement with us this weekend.
Tracy A. Garis was a student in out dental hygiene program
when she died in a traffic accident last summer.
Tracy was a very active Penn College student.
She served as a resident assistant
and a student ambassador.
Her death touched many students, faculty, and staff very deeply.
Tracy was an inspiration during her short life,
and her death inspired Penn College friends to remember her
in a very special way.
They have established the Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship.
The commitment shown by this student body
and vigorously raising the fund
to establish the scholarship is nothing short of remarkable.
Frankly, I was in awe.
I cannot ever remember seeing so many students come together
for a common purpose to honor one of their own.
I was so moved by this effort led
by Adam Yoder and Greg Miller.
By the end of the academic year,
these students have raised 35,823 dollars and 12 cents.
[ Applause ]
>> As an appropriate way to honor a young woman
who left the last-- lasting legacy on our campus,
the Tracy A. Garis Memorial Scholarship will be awarded
annually to a dental hygiene student
who is an active leader on campus.
We believe Tracy would have wanted it this way.
Today, members of Tracy's family here with us to honor her memory
and to accept the diploma on the behalf of the young woman--
young woman who meant so much for the Class of 2011
and who meant so much to everyone at Penn College.
I'd like to invite her mother and father, Cheryl and Ed Garis
to the stage to accept the Baccalaureate of Science Degree
in Dental Hygiene on her behalf.
[ Applause ]
>> I was not prepared for this, but I kinda got my guts
up while I was sitting there.
Thank you Dr. Gilmour.
I just wanted to say thank you to Adam and Greg
for all your hard work with the scholarship fund.
And to all you dental hygiene girls out there,
Tracy is with us today.
She's looking down on us and I know she is so proud of you all.
I know how hard it's been, how hard she studied last year
and I just wanna tell everyone--
everyone that donated for the scholarship fund,
I appreciate your effort and everything that you all did.
Thank you.
[ Applause ]
>> Thank you very much.
We appreciate it.
[ Applause ]
>> At this time, Ms. Carolyn Strickland,
Assistant Vice President for Academic Services
and the respective floor representative
who will present the candidates.
Dr. Gilmour will assist in presenting the diplomas.
Your connection to the college is not going to end today.
You are in fact going to be graduates and members
of the Penn College Alumni Association.
Now, that association is the main link
between you and your alma mater.
And I encourage you to keep in touch
with the Alumni Relations Office.
You'll hear about-- hear from the office monthly via e-news
as well as of course Facebook.
I look forward to welcoming you back
to campus the future alumni events.
In particular, we like hearing the success that you had
in the work world and keeping as track of you
and what you're doing.
Today is a special day for everybody and we know
that you wanna capture pictures of the big moment.
We simply ask you to keep the area in front
of the official photographer clear, otherwise you're welcome
to come down and take the pictures that you like.
Are you ready?
[ Noise ]
>> Okay. We will begin.
[ Noise ]
>> President Gilmour, I present the Graduates
of Architectural Technology, Building Science
in Sustainable Design Construction Emphasis.
I don't believe it was on Architectural Technology,
Building Science in Sustainable Design Construction Emphasis
and Building on Science
in Sustainable Architectural Emphasis from within the School
of Construction and Design Technologies.
>> Brandon Lee Daja [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Nicholas C. Strange [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Jared B. Summers.
[ Applause ]
>> Laura Jean Wolf.
[ Applause ]
[ Applause ]
>> Ashley C. Andrew.
[ Applause ]
>> Bryan Applebaum.
[ Applause ]
>> Jordan Michael Patengo [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Eric Ian Bocich.
[ Applause ]
>> Brent Michael Trastler [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Antoinette M. [inaudible].
[ Applause ]
>> James Joseph Garofalo [phonetic], Jr.
[ Applause ]
>> Timothy P. Gladpoker.
[ Applause ]
>> Daisy Lee Grant.
[ Applause ]
>> Shawn William Handwork.
[ Applause ]
>> Charles F. Hogan
[ Applause ]
>> Andrew Thomas Klasky [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Kevin Matthew Laniny.
[ Applause ]
>> Joshua T. Lilly.
[ Applause ]
>> Melissa Ann Maruszak.
[ Applause ]
>> Matthew P. Robertson.
[ Applause ]
>> Tyler Lee Walter.
[ Applause ]
>> Christopher Jay Weaver.
[ Applause ]
>> Kristen N. Wool.
[ Applause ]
>> Julie R. Eunice.
[ Applause ]
[ Silence ]
>> Zachary Andrew Croft.
[ Applause ]
>> Holley C. Jackson.
[ Applause ]
>> Kyle Mark Nettle.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I'm proud to present the Graduates
of Building Construction Technology,
Building Construction Technology Masonry Emphasis all
within the School
of Construction Design Technologies.
>> Mitchell Ray Holsinger [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Jaren V. Hughs [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Keith Robert Khan [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Brock Coffman.
[ Applause ]
>>Zachary K. Mansfield.
[ Applause ]
>> Chad W. Nickerson.
[ Applause ]
>> Nicholas D. Royer.
[ Applause ]
>> John Sadison.
[ Applause ]
>> Ryan L. Ventura.
[ Applause ]
>> Thomas Michael Whitehouse.
[ Applause ]
>> Benjamin James Johnson.
[ Applause ]
>> Jason Morally.
[ Applause ]
>> David Allan Roads.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I present the Graduates
of Constructions Management within the School
of Construction Design Technologies.
>> Christopher Paul Arnone.
[ Applause ]
>> Jean P. Pell [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Jonathan M. Solomon.
[ Applause ]
>> Michael R. Riggs.
[ Applause ]
>> Neil Bradley Briner.
[ Applause ]
>> Nicholas Joseph Colarich [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Gabrielle Pelicci.
[ Applause ]
>> Nicholas Lee Pajello [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Nicholas Michael Gibbons.
[ Applause ]
>> Kyle P. Heff
[ Applause ]
>> Gregory Scott Collins.
[ Applause ]
>> Thomas Sadowski.
[ Applause ]
>> Jeremy James Lane [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Derek Lenard.
[ Applause ]
[ Laughter ]
[ Applause ]
>> Raymond Anthony Marcons.
[ Applause ]
>> Lee Daryll Michaels.
[ Applause ]
>> Cole Steven Myers.
[ Applause ]
>> David Jay Petoskey.
[ Applause ]
>> Kyle Aaron Smith.
[ Applause ]
>> Shawn Joseph Michael Scully.
[ Applause ]
>> Congratulations.
>> Cory A. Shank.
[ Applause ]
>> Brad A. Shulenberger.
[ Applause ]
>> Jonathan William Spyker.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I'm very proud to present the Graduates
of Residential Construction Technology and Management,
Residential Construction Technology and Management Major
in Construction, Applied Technical Studies Basic
Construction Emphasis and Residential Builder,
all within the School
of Construction Design Technologies.
>> Anthony J. Calabro.
[ Applause ]
>> Benjamin Kyle Clarke.
[ Applause ]
>> Jason M. Crawford.
[ Applause ]
>> Patrick S. Tongco.
[ Applause ]
>> Nicholas Robert Schwarzer [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Randy Aaron Kuhar.
[ Applause ]
>> Cameron A. Marberger.
[ Applause ]
>> Paul Joseph Moran.
[ Applause ]
>> Justin John Moyer.
[ Applause ]
>> Allison Claire Nabli [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Eric Landis Snyder.
[ Applause ]
>> Anthony R. Grubbs.
[ Applause ]
>> Matthew D. Romanowski.
[ Applause ]
>> William Craig Cameron.
[ Applause ]
>> Peter James Casserly.
[ Applause ]
>> Kimberly Lynn Daley.
[ Applause ]
>> Mccalley C. Incontro.
[ Applause ]
>> James Patrick Luigi [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Shawn E. Mandel.
[ Applause ]
>> Robert A. Marquardt.
[ Applause ]
>> Jonathan George McAvoy.
[ Applause ]
>> Mark David Nornhold.
[ Applause ]
[ Inaudible Remark ]
[ Applause ]
>> Connor Joseph Reeves.
[ Applause ]
>> Christopher M. Rugo.
[ Applause ]
>> Bryan T. Schwalm.
[ Applause ]
>> Jonathan M. Stedman.
[ Applause ]
>> Daniel Steven Sweeny.
[ Applause ]
>> Shawn D. Wesche.
[ Applause ]
>> Bryan Daniel West.
[ Applause ]
>> Jonathan E. Ziegler.
[ Applause ]
>> Adam Douglas [inaudible].
[ Applause ]
>> Dalton C. Kirkman.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Gilmour, give me a great deal of pleasure
to represent the Graduate of Electrical Technology,
Electrical Maintenance Technology,
Electrical Occupation and Building Automation Technology
within the School
of Construction Design Technologies.
>> Cale Tanner Benard.
[ Applause ]
>> Derek Parker Khan.
[ Applause ]
>> Nathan Jay Delaney.
[ Applause ]
>> Douglas N. DeWalt.
[ Applause ]
>> John Charlton Henan [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Cody Daniel Lehman.
[ Applause ]
>> Andrew John Levering.
[ Applause ]
>> Daniel Allen Montville.
[ Applause ]
>> Amanda Elizabeth Reedy.
[ Applause ]
>> Frederick L. Roop [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Bruce Bertrand Heinson [phonetic], Jr.
[ Applause ]
>> Jolene Anne Woodcock.
[ Applause ]
>> Bert E. Polinskie.
[ Applause ]
>> Andrew John Fisher.
[ Applause ]
>> Timothy J. Bennicoff.
[ Applause ]
>> Robert J. Baugh.
[ Applause ]
>> Clayson J. Brett.
[ Applause ]
>> Jordan Hastings Goode.
[ Applause ]
>> Seth Tyler Hoffman.
[ Applause ]
>> Philip Andrew Kaler.
[ Applause ]
>> Jordan Glenn McBeth.
[ Applause ]
>> Matthew A. Rodriguez.
[ Applause ]
>> Jacob Joseph Smerker.
[ Applause ]
>> Andrew Davis Warwick.
[ Applause ]
>> Bo Christopher Woodrick.
[ Applause ]
>> Dwayne S. Grove.
[ Applause ]
>> Bradley C. How.
[ Applause ]
>> Jonathan Gregory Kennedy.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I present the Graduates of Heating,
Ventilation and Air Conditioning Design Technology,
HVAT Air Conditioning, HVAT Plumbing
and Plumbing Certificate, all within the School
of Construction Design Technology.
>> Jeremy V. Baird
[ Applause ]
>> Ethan Lynn Boyd.
[ Applause ]
>> Jeremy William Campbell.
[ Applause ]
>> Nathan James Gennaria.
[ Applause ]
>> Richard W. Heatley, Jr.
[ Applause ]
>> Nathan Edward Hobbert.
[ Applause ]
>> Brandon Addison Marco.
[ Applause ]
>> Robert E. Martin, Jr.
[ Applause ]
>> Adam Shane Middlecamp.
[ Applause ]
>> Bryan. A. Oakley.
[ Applause ]
>> Brandon Lynn Rupert.
[ Applause ]
>> Douglas E. Bennett.
[ Applause ]
[ Inaudible Remark ]
>> Say it again.
Nicholas Edward C. Armet [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Bryan M. Engert.
[ Applause ]
>> Anthony J. Gordon.
[ Applause ]
>> Wade L. Hendrickson.
[ Applause ]
>> Mark Anthony Hoby.
[ Applause ]
>> Zane W. Miller.
[ Applause ]
>> Zachary Thomas Roby.
[ Applause ]
>> Thomas!
>> Ethan C. Towner.
[ Applause ]
>> Tyler Joe Trout.
>> Anthony!
[ Applause ]
>> Joseph Anthony Canavy.
[ Applause ]
>> John Arthur Crane, Jr.
[ Applause ]
>> Gene G. Scnapner [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Evan A. Silva.
[ Applause ]
>> Michael Allen Calino.
[ Applause ]
>> Ryan Edward Forry.
[ Applause ]
>> Matthew P. Pever.
[ Applause ]
>> Ryan John Weachock.
[ Applause ]
>> Keith William Ham.
[ Applause ]
[ Pause ]
>> President Gilmour, I present the Graduates of Dental Hygiene
within the School of Health Sciences.
[ Applause ]
>> Rebecca Danielle Antelope.
[ Applause ]
>> Rebecca!
>> Sasha Nicole Diemler.
[ Applause ]
>> Carly Sue Determan,
[ Applause ]
>> Cathy Irene Homan.
[ Applause ]
>> Olivia Grace Jekielek.
[ Applause ]
>> Stephania M. Carolus.
[ Applause ]
>> Rebecca Lynn Lowell.
>> Go Becky.
[ Applause ]
>> Sara Joy Lefever.
[ Applause ]
>> Brittany Carissa Liberatore.
[ Applause ]
>> Erin M. Wong.
[ Applause ]
>> Heidi Brooke Wong.
[ Applause ]
>> Brooke Nicole McCoy.
[ Applause ]
>> Karen J. Miller.
[ Applause ]
>> Erica Noelle Moore.
[ Applause ]
>> Erin Pauline Oberlin.
[ Applause ]
>> Brandy Lynn Pete [inaudible].
[ Applause ]
>> Laura E. Salitrynski.
[ Applause ]
>> Jamie Sue Taylor.
>> Jamie!
[ Applause ]
>> Carly Anne Smith.
[ Applause ]
>> Alison Renee Spade [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Heather Anne Steelman.
[ Applause ]
>> Danielle Anne Turner.
[ Applause ]
>> Amanda Beth Wagner.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I present the Graduates
of Physical Fitness Specialists
within School of Health Sciences.
[ Applause ]
>> Amanda A. Allanah.
[ Applause ]
>> Yeah. Crystal Lynn Bear [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Elena Maurine Barn.
[ Applause ]
>> Stacey Lynn Eckert.
>> Yeah Stacey.
[ Applause ]
>> Janell Melissa Remensnyder.
[ Applause ]
>> Go Meli!
>> Kirsten G. Dier.
[ Applause ]
>> John T. Tremble.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I'm proud to present the Graduates
of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies
within the School of Health Science.
>> Andrew L. Maddocks.
[ Applause ]
>> Kurtis L. Rooker.
[ Applause ]
>> Sarah Elizabeth Foster.
[ Applause ]
>> Jordan A. Pennypacker.
[ Applause ]
>> Carla S. Ramirez.
[ Applause ]
>> President Gilmour, I very proudly present
to you the Graduates of the Penn College Nursing Program both
Associate and Bachelor's degree
within the College of Health Sciences.
[ Applause ]
>> Rachel S. Andrews.
[ Applause ]
>> Laura Elizabeth Ault.
[ Applause ]
>> Patricia Louise Bond.
[ Applause ]
>> Jennifer A. Bauer.
[ Applause ]
>> Christian M. Brennan.
[ Applause ]
>> Trisha Marie Clebold [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Crystal Rae Criswell.
[ Applause ]
>> Amber Jewel Croak.
[ Applause ]
>> Courtney Grace Grogaard.
[ Applause ]
>> Lisa M. Hauser.
[ Applause ]
>> Janice Louise [inaudible].
[ Applause ]
>> Tiffany M. [inaudible].
[ Applause ]
>> Kelly Anne Hudick.
[ Applause ]
>> Matthew S. Hide.
[ Applause ]
>> [Inaudible] M. Kammer.
[ Applause ]
>> Matthew David Kirsty.
[ Applause ]
[ Inaudible Remark ]
[ Applause ]
>> Kelsey Lynn Mack.
[ Applause ]
>> Danielle Marie Mann.
[ Applause ]
>> Jonelle Lynn Manogue
[ Applause ]
>> Caroline Q. Matter.
[ Applause ]
>> Kelsey L. Michael [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Christine M. Michael.
[ Applause ]
>> Jeany Moon.
[ Applause ]
>> Mark A. Moon.
[ Applause ]
>> Patricia A. Neff.
[ Applause ]
>> Heather Lynn Osborne.
[ Applause ]
>> Ashley L. Packer.
[ Applause ]
>> Tina Maria Paternostro.
[ Applause ]
>> Nadja Mary Politza.
[ Applause ]
>> Faith Anne Pratt.
[ Applause ]
>> Travis Michael Rupert.
[ Applause ]
>> Nicole L. Shiner.
[ Applause ]
>> Tanya Lynn Sizer [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Kelly J. Slaterbeck.
[ Applause ]
>> Erica B. Stockhouse.
[ Applause ]
>> Jessica L. Staib.
[ Applause ]
>> Cole M. Taylor.
[ Applause ]
>> Kimberly Joe Tompkins.
[ Applause ]
>> April M. Ward.
[ Applause ]
>> Bernardita Arietta York.
[ Applause ]
>> Christy Zinck.
[ Applause ]
>> Ashley Marie Janoka.
[ Applause ]
>> Hope E. Fitner [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Julie A. Cain.
[ Applause ]
>> Katie Lynn Carpenter.
[ Applause ]
>> Jessica M. Taberes [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Tessa Marie Dreibelbis.
[ Applause ]
>> Allison Lee Hain.
>> Allison Lee Hain
[ Applause ]
>> Sky Lauren House.
[ Applause ]
>> Jessica Karen Lilly.
[ Applause ]
>> Trisha Marie Mozer.
[ Applause ]
>> Aimee N. Picchi.
[ Applause ]
>> Kristina Lynn Reichenbach.
[ Applause ]
>> Craig Arthur Shaper.
[ Applause ]
>> Anita [inaudible].
[ Applause ]
>> Yeah--
>> Gregory A. Smith.
[ Applause ]
>> Jacquelyn Marie Steklenski [phonetic].
[ Applause ]
>> Aimee Elizabeth Vander Wal.
[ Applause ]
>> Kevin M.-- Kevin W. Waltz.
[ Applause ]
>> Adelle M. Williams.
[ Applause ]
>> And, Adam Joshua Yoder.
[ Applause ]
[ Noise ]
>> Now, I know everybody is ready to go,
but I need to ask you for your indulgence for just 2 minutes
and for the next 2 minutes,
I'm really just talking to the graduates.
We have this one last opportunity and it's my honor
on behalf of all the faculty and staff of Penn College
to share some parting words with you.
First of all, good job.
You did really well.
You turned the tassel.
You walked cross the stage and you made your family
and your friends smile.
This is another page in the scrapbook of your life.
You've done a good job not only here today in this ceremony
but over the last several years.
Now, you've earned your degree, good job and well done.
Today, you will hear applause and I hope the excitement
and the energy, the buzz, if you will,
from this celebration will stay alive at least
through the rest of the weekend.
But we all know--
[ Applause ]
>> We all know in the real world,
the days of applaud are pretty rare for most of us
and when no one is clapping and no one is taking photos
of the scrapbook of your life, how are you going to know
if you're doing a good job?
When there's no test to study for, no grades to earn,
what measure will you use to determine whether
or not you're doing a good job in your life?
What is a good job anyway?
Often when we ask people why they go to college, they say,
"I wanna get a good job."
It's important we ask ourselves how do we define good job
and I'll ask you to think for a moment.
What does it mean to you?
Each of us have to define that term for ourselves
and success means different things to everybody
in this room differently.
There's really no right way to define it.
But I was going to suggest to you today that a good job is one
that gives you a sense of pride, purpose, and connection
to the world around you.
A good job is one that gives you the opportunity
to learn your talent, your knowledge, and your skills
to make life better not only for yourself but for others.
You see, doing a good job often means doing good
for someone else.
You might enjoy earning a good paycheck, but the sense
of real accomplishment will come when you know
that you are making the difference.
The voice of wisdom, known as anonymous,
states it very simply.
To the world, you may just be one person,
but to one person you might mean the world.
What you do and what you share
with others including your Penn College family is going
to make a big difference in your life.
Make the most of every opportunity that you have
and make a positive impact on the people around you.
You're entering a new phase in your life today.
Today, you're a college graduate.
I'm not sure you'll realize that you're
in a very small minority in this population.
Less than 7 percent
of the world's population have earned a college degree
and in the United States where we have greater access
to higher education than many nations in the world,
only 28 percent
of the population have an earned college degree.
Now, take a minute and let that facts sink in a little.
You may not have thought about it,
but you're in a very privileged group of people.
You have what millions of people only dream
about achieving, a college education.
You've earned your degree with the help of your family
and your friends with the incredibly gifted faculty behind
me and you've earned your education through the support
of the public whose taxation
and donations have made your education possible.
You worked hard and you sacrificed,
but this is not the end of your effort.
It's your responsibility to put your degree to work
to do a good job in the world.
Remember a few years ago, when some of you had a vague, if not,
any idea of what you wanted to be
when you grew up, you grew up today.
Now, it's time to accomplish what you started dreaming
about all those years ago.
The author Maya Angelou said,
"Nothing will work unless you do."
I often think of that statement when I hear of people worrying
or fussing about the state of the world.
Nothing will work unless you do.
So I don't mean that people can't fall on hard times.
We do and we experience a downfall.
Anyone can.
So over the course of my life, I firmly believe that those
who are willing to face the challenges of life will prevail.
Their hard times will turn around because they persist.
They will keep trying until they realize their dreams.
Nothing will work until you do.
You're ready to go to work, we know that.
Many of you will leave here today with jobs.
You're going to get a great job and you're going
to do a good job because you're going to make
up your mind to do just that.
You're going to put your best effort forward and listen
and learn like you've done for the past few years.
You'll respond with your skills and your knowledge
to the best of your ability.
You will be ready when each new opportunity comes to you.
The ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said, "When I let go
of what I am, I become what I might be."
Remember this when you face those moments when it seems
so hard and you don't know how you'll make your dreams
come true.
Nothing will work unless you do
so take the lessons you've learned
and keep applying them day after day,
week after week, and year after year.
You will be amazed what you can become.
So the lyrics of the song that was popular a few years ago
and it said and I quote, "Today is where your book begins.
The rest is still unwritten."
With each action you take,
make it your life a life you wanna remember.
Make it a life that you want others to remember.
Do it for yourself and your family and your friends
and do it for the lives lost like that
of your classmate, Tracy Garis.
Do it for all the people in the world who've never had a chance
to earn a college degree.
Do a good job and you will always have good fortune
because you will have a good job to do.
Congratulations to the Class of 2011
and our new Penn College Alumni.
Now, make us proud.
[ Applause ]
>> I invite those who are able to stand.
[Noise] 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 programme.
[ Noise ]
[ Music ]
[ Applause ]
>> Thank you.
Please be seated and remain seated
until the platform party has recessed.
[ Music ]
>> We ask that the audience remain seated while the
graduates [inaudible] and we ask that you continue all the way
to the street so that you'll be able to connect
with your family more easily.
Best wishes.
Good luck.
[ Music ]
[ Silence ]