Penn College Commencement: Dec. 17, 2011


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[ Background music: "Fanfare for the Common Man" ]
>> Dr. Paul Starkey: Good morning.
This December Commencement,
this December Commencement ceremony begins
with the entrance of the Candidates for graduation
from Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Please join me in welcoming the candidates for graduation.
[ Background music: "Pomp and Circumstance" - Elgar ]
Ladies and Gentlemen and Candidates,
entering next are the Pennsylvania College
of Technology Faculty
and Administration led by the School Deans.
The Platform party will complete the processional.
[ Background music: "Crown Imperial" (Walton) ]
Please join me in singing the National Anthem.
Please stand if you are able and gentlemen,
please remove your caps.
[ Singing National Anthem ]
[ Applause ]
Please be seated.
Seated in the auditorium this morning are family and friends,
who have in many different ways, supported these candidates
to reach the goal represented by this ceremony.
On the platform are the College faculty and staff
who have motivated, encouraged and inspired these students
as they completed their coursework
and their college experience.
And 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
and that celebration begins now.
Presiding over the December Commencement Ceremony is
President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology,
Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Davie Gilmour: Good morning and welcome
to the beautiful community art center
and to this commencement ceremony honoring the final
Class of 2011.
Today you become part of a proud legacy.
For nearly 100 years this institution has prepared women
and men to thrive in a changing world, to enter the workforce
and to advance into positions that will influence the future.
As we celebrate your commencement today,
we look forward to the contributions
that you will make in the days to come.
It is truly a ceremony that honors the past,
the present and the future.
As we appreciate the efforts that you have put forth in order
to reach this milestone.
I ask each of you to take time today
and gratefully acknowledge the support you have received
from your family, your friends,
your talented faculty and staff members.
This day is important for all of us.
I hope it is the day that you will remember forever.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Paul Starkey: Now I would
like to introduce Mr. Elliott Strickland,
Chief Student Affairs Officer.
>> Elliott Strickland: President Gilmour, Representative Everett,
Provost Starkey, distinguished faculty and staff, family,
friends and most importantly the December 2011 graduating class.
It is my great pleasure this morning
to introduce your student commencement speaker.
Now introducing the student commencement speaker is one
of the best parts of my job.
Typically I'm introducing a student that I know pretty well
or that I've interacted regularly with on campus.
Before this I had never encountered Molly Goldsmith
until we met during the commencement planning process,
and I have to say I am truly disappointed
that I did not have more of an opportunity to interact
with this remarkable young woman.
Molly's nominator, her advisor
and faculty member Dr. Andrew Bartholomew, described her as,
and I quote, "self-sufficient, amiable and highly intelligent."
Inside of the classroom she is one of our brightest students.
She masters her coursework quickly
and helps her fellow students to learn the material as well.
Outside of the classroom Molly is just as committed.
She leads tours during career days,
tutors her fellow classmates as a peer tutor in botany
and has participated in student focus groups conducted
by the Society of American Foresters and she is a member
of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
In addition to all of that, Molly is also a Staff Sergeant
in the National Guard and as such she is obligated
to attend monthly military training exercises as well
as multiple week-long sessions often during the academic year.
This fall semester she attended two weeks of training
for Arabic language translation and two weeks
of specialized training for her pending re-deployment
to the Persian Gulf in 2012.
All of this while maintaining her coursework requirements.
Molly is putting herself through college on the GI Bill.
Dr. Bartholomew adds, "she is one of the most focused
and self-assured students I've met.
If I had to choose a single student to represent the best
of the PCT student body, I would not hesitate
for a second before naming Molly Goldsmith."
And after meeting Molly I couldn't agree more.
Starting this spring semester Molly will be continuing her
education in the Bachelor
of Technology Management Program here at Penn College,
but today Molly will graduate Magna Cum Laude
with an Associate in Applied Science in Forestry Technology.
It gives me great pleasure
to introduce your December 2011 Student Commencement Speaker
Miss Molly G. Goldsmith.
[ Applause ]
>> Molly G. Goldsmith: Thank you, Mr. Strickland.
I'd also like to thank the family and friends
of the graduates for their support,
love and encouragement throughout the years
and thank you professors whom
from my experience are incredibly invested and involved
in our education and success
and have hopefully never regretted uttering the words
"open door policy."
Wow, graduates.
You guys totally rock and you're awesome.
You're amazing.
You're all a very, very big deal.
Getting a degree is an amazing accomplishment
and you have all succeeded in doing this.
Congratulations.
Before I came to school here I worked for the VA,
Veteran's Affairs, as an assistant/secretary
to the unit manager
of a substance abuse in-patient treatment unit.
My boss, Michelle, would saunter into my office,
sit on my radiator, pass gas loudly, throw her hand
up in the air for a high 5
and me being a good assistant would oblige her in that
and then she would sprint out of my office laughing manically --
I'm going somewhere with this --
and leaving me to deal with the aftermath.
As offensive as this may seem to some of you,
I thought it was hysterical.
I had good camaraderie with her and the rest
of the employees in the unit.
I was a good fit for the job.
During my time at this job I was involved in the process
of hiring new employees.
The minimum requirement to apply for majority
of the jobs was a degree.
Michelle preferred applicants who were actually recovery
or had substance abuse experience but she hired
on the basis of attitude.
She also took into consideration whether a person would be a
positive addition to the unit.
She would hire an applicant straight out of college
that had a good attitude and would be a positive addition
to the unit over an experienced applicant
that projected a negative or pessimistic attitude.
Your attitude and how you approach life is important.
You are all good people and you all deserve good things.
When you approach moments in life no matter how big or small
and positively and with optimism,
you will be successful.
Every opportunity regardless if it is
in your chosen career field or deemed below standard
to you could be a chance for an experience that could lead you
to where you either envision yourself to be
or some place you never envisioned yourself
but ended up loving.
So take chances, enjoy the world, love yourself,
and approach everyday like it's going to be the best day
of your life because life is beautiful.
Congratulations again and thank you.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Davie Gilmour: In this season of giving,
it's appropriate that we celebrate benevolence
of our Penn College family in helping
to improve the world beyond our campus.
Our fraternities and our other student organizations regularly
provide community service within far-reaching areas
and many charities benefiting their youth
and tireless enthusiasm.
Our employees, too, keep volunteerism alive
through mentoring, elective office, athletic coaching
and hours upon hours of involvement
with foundations non-profit agencies
and many other civic organizations.
We pause during this ceremony to salute the continuation
of that spirit after graduation
through the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award
that recognizes alumni of Penn College and its forerunners,
the Williamsport Area Community College
and the Williamsport Technical Institute
who provide distinguished community or volunteer service.
This year's honoree is Brian M. Webster.
He received an associate degree in nursing in 2006 and went
on to grace the cover
of One College Avenue magazine last spring.
Brian is the clinical supervisor
at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center's emergency room
and he was named Susquehanna Health's manager
of the year in 2010.
He's a certified emergency nurse with additional certifications
in such areas as pediatric emergencies, advanced trauma.
He is a Veteran of the United States Navy
and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
He is a fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
and that distinction has landed him
between the pages of our magazine.
He has participated in five earthquake relief trips to Haiti
within the past two years.
As editor of the Humanitarian Group, a website that advocates
for the medically underserved in remote areas ravaged
by natural disaster or lack of resources,
Brian shares his experiences with people around the world.
He has seen frustration, hopelessness, devastation
and death and in their wake he reminds us of the simple joys
of life, the obligations of our humanity and the optimism
of a child's thankful smile.
Brian's own gratitude extends to his education,
which he told One College Avenue was and I quote,
"second to none," with professional
and dedicated nursing professors and clinical instructors
who inspired and motivated him to service.
His message transcends profession.
It can be heeded by all of us in the room today regardless
of your educational background there is always a way
to give back however you chose to do so,
do so with an open mind and a ready heart.
Through your volunteerism and selfless giving you will grow
as a person and reap the emotional rewards
of helping the underserved.
Very well said by our 2011 Humanitarian
and Citizenship Award recipient Brian M. Webster.
[ Applause ]
>> Brian M. Webster: Thank you.
Thank you, Dr. Gilmour, and Alumni Association.
It's an honor and privilege to receive this award
for my medical relief efforts in Haiti.
My experiences have been very rich and rewarding
on many levels and I'm grateful for all of them.
I'd like to thank the Pennsylvania College
of Technology and the Department of Nursing for providing myself
and many other graduates the tools
to positively impact others in the world and those
in their time of need.
Congratulations to the winter class of 2011
for your many accomplishments and successes of graduation.
Thank you.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Paul Starkey: Ladies and Gentleman, as many of you know,
the legal corporate body of the Pennsylvania College
of Technology is its Board of Directors.
This is the body that, by our charter,
is given the final responsibility
for the governance, welfare
and all other interests pertaining to the College.
Though some responsibilities are delegated,
ultimate authority rests with the Board.
At this time I would like to call upon Representative Garth
Everett, member of the Board of Directors,
to authorize the conferring of degrees at this ceremony.
Representative Everett.
>> Representative Everett: Thank you, Paul.
This is a very special occasion for all of you and it is also
for us on the Board of Directors of Penn College of Technology.
The degrees that are being awarded today are the
culmination of a lot of hard work on behalf of the candidates
but also those who have supported them throughout their
academic career.
So, I'd like to congratulate both the candidates,
their families and their friends who have supported them
and I'd also like to say that this is a distinct privilege
for me to be able to participate in your graduation
as a board member and I'd also
like to thank the administration, the staff
and the academic professors at Penn College who did
such a great job making Penn College of Technology
such a great institution and something
that provides valuable degrees for candidates like you.
And now my official duties, 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 and certified
by the appropriate school dean.
Thank you.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Paul Starkey: Will the candidates for Bachelor
of Science Degree please rise.
Dr. Gilmour, upon recommendation of the faculty, I am pleased
to inform you that these men
and women have satisfactorily completed the requirements
for the Bachelor of Science Degree.
>> Dr. Davie Gilmour 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 Bachelor
of Science degrees you have earned and all of their rights
and privileges with congratulations from the Board
of Directors, the faculties and the administration.
Congratulations.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Paul Starkey: You may be seated.
Will the candidates for all Associate degrees
and Certificates please rise.
[ Applause ]
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.
>> Dr. Davie Gilmour: 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 Certificates
and Degrees that you have earned, with all of their rights
and privileges and with congratulations from the Board
of Directors, the faculty and the administration.
Congratulations.
[ Applause ]
Would the Bachelorette students please rise?
Everybody should be standing.
[laughter] This is the last test I promise.
[laughter] No grades.
That's good, right?
Ladies and gentlemen, you walked into this theater as candidates
for the certificates and degrees that you have earned.
Just moments ago, it was my personal honor
to confer those degrees and certificates upon you
and as a symbol of your entry into the world of educated women
and men, I ask you to join me as I turn the tassel
of your graduation class representative.
This symbolizes to the world that you are, in fact,
a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Congratulations.
[ Applause ]
You may all be seated.
[laughter] Well done.
As individuals and institutions,
we pass through many 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.
Outstanding academic achievement will be recognized
for all students.
The gold, silver, or white cord
that these students wear during these ceremonies,
white for honors, silver for high honors,
and gold for highest honors, will identify the students.
In addition, we are proud to recognize graduates
who are members of Phi Theta Kappa.
Their gold stoles and gold tassels will identify them.
Equally proud we recognize the graduates
from the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
The white stoles will identify these students.
We would now like to recognize our Veteran graduates.
They are identified in the ceremony today with red,
white, and blue cords.
If you are graduating and you are a Veteran either currently
serving or having served in our Nation's military,
would you please rise.
[ Applause and cheers ]
You may remain standing while I tell you
about our Penn College Veterans.
Three of them have won Purple Hearts;
five of them have won Bronze Stars;
76 of them have won Iraq Service Medals;
and 17 of them have won Afghanistan Service Medals.
We are very proud.
Thank you.
[ Applause and cheers ]
You may be seated.
At this time Carolyn Strickland, the Assistant Vice President
for Academic Services, and the respective school
representatives will present the candidates.?
Now we know you want to capture this time in a photograph
and we simply ask that you keep the area in front
of the podium clear for the official photographers,
but you are welcome to come forward
and take pictures as you'd like.
Enjoy the ceremony.
[ Transitioning ]
>> Carolyn Strickland: President Gilmour, I present the graduates
of the School of Business and Computer Technologies.
Kelly L. Kisner; Jennifer Susan Kurtz; Nicole M. Giersdorf;
Emily Beth Reed; Kevin Paul Fenstermaker; Sarah C. Johnson;
Aaron James Sepanik; Michael Francis Altobelli;
Bryan James Holowchak;
James Craig Walker; Matthew Joseph Blough;
Valerie Jenni Dixon;
Daniel Phillip Kline;
Jason Andrew Morton; Alexander John Myers;
Patrick William Richichi;
Jeffrey Thomas Shaw; Eric William Tupper;
Tony Clifford Hall; Matthew David Jeffrey;
Reid Matthew Johle;
Nicholas R. Veronick; Ashley N. Aumiller; Cortney Lynn Bower;
Tamera E. Cleveland; Shannon Marie Weaver;
Todd Alan Chilcot, Jr.
;
Joshua Michael Folmar;
Dawn Michelle Forster; Donna L. Fuller;
Chad Vincent Lasher; Paula Karine Monteiro;
Joellen Lynn Phillips;
Brittany N. Reis; Savannah Braquel Albright;
Brooke Allison Gavlock;
Shannon Rae Stackhouse; Justin A. Ball; Kristen Laurie Gamble;
Elyse Marie Gower; Nicholas James Kreighbaum;
Maria Nicole Piselli;
Albert Daniel Esposito, Jr.
; Ryan J. Fritzinger; Kyle J. McTavish;
Daniel C. Rogers; Jessica H. Banks; Andrew John Del Grosso;
Christopher Matthew Di Stasio; Jared M.B. Hunt;
Kaitlyn Marie Kennedy;
Saphira Kay Black; Stephen V. Fry;
Richard E. Van Luvender, III;
Jill Renee Girio; Trey S. Kling; Marissa Renee Koch;
Baizid Alam Siddiqui;
Jordan Wayne Welshans; Amy Radich Zabrosky;
David Ronald Bailey; Amber Marie Seasholtz;
Courtney Alyse Davis; Christine Dreese.
>> President Gilmour, I'm proud to present the graduates
from the School of Construction and Design Technologies.
Krista Morgan Miller; Estella R. Ritter; Vincent Lee Coates;
Kevin W. Crooks; Patrick Ryan Hitzelberg; Brent T. Livermore;
Michael E. Mroczka; Zachary T. Bartlett; Tyler John Irvin;
Zachary Thomas McAllister;
Michael Adam Tompakov; Scott Charles Snyder;
Ronald E. Long, Jr.
; Kyle W. Zebert; Brandon Scott Bowersox;
Chad Michael Kellett; Richard E. Acri; Daryl L. Boyden;
Heath Allen Sipriani; David L. Gaul;
Charity M. Rubendal; Alex Luis Lombardi; Stanton Lee Baker;
Mark E. McAfee; Adam K. LaForme.
>> President Gilmour, I'm proud to present the graduates
from the School of Health Sciences.
Noel Nancy Hoffman; Domenick Schiraldi-Irrera;
Santiea Elena Akus; Matthew Allan Parry;
Berthain Samuel Delille; Jody Matal.
>> President Gilmour, I'm proud to present the graduates
from the School of Hospitality.
Stephan Martin Greenwald;
Ana-Maria Grigore; Lauren Grace Hammer;
Samuel Peter Harer; Sidney Marie Kitchen; Katey Elizabeth Landry;
Brittanie Marie Lenig;
Mary Elizabeth Nicholis; Oksana M. Punako;
Catherine E. Zimmerman; Travis J. Bires; Cassandra Rae Brochu;
Deserae S. Burgess; Antonia Castaneda Bernal;
Joseph J. Locher; Clayton P. Tressler;
Kenneth Paul Eiswerth, Jr.
; Ryan Patrick Intihar; Elaine Felisa Gardner; Marco G. Romano.
>> President Gilmour, I'm honored to present the graduates
from the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies.
Shawn Michael Shannon; Eric Sean Barringer; Robert Scott Schnars;
Taryn L. Skalski; Zachary David Bardin; Nathan A. Smith;
Evan Charles Hannibal; Michael Dominick Sanclementi;
Eric Adam Goeringer;
Nicholas Lee Orwan; Eric Scott Tanner; Devon J. Wynn;
Richard Kyle Banks;
Jason Matthew Karcher; Joshua Dale Logsdon;
Vincent L. Charles; Richard W. Bailey; Lee Michael Arbogast;
Misty Marie Bennett; Jonathan Paul Buchanan;
Dennis Morgan Williams, Jr.
;
Nathan R. Aldrich; Matthew John Brandolini; Colin D. Eckenstein;
Eric James Fowler; Matthew Stewart McGarva;
Sean D. Meister;
Dominick Anthony Scala; Eric Robert Warner;
Mitchel S. Deprey; Caleb Eugene Getgen;
Nathan F. Lott; Alexander B. Matteson;
Elizabeth Caroline Reynolds; Eric Joseph Slowik;
Justin Michael Stramitis.
>> President Gilmour, I proudly present the graduates
from the School of Integrated Studies.
Andrew Jon Burson; Matthew Jeremiah Knarr;
Jordan M. Miller;
Yazmin Elaine Strauss; Cameron Michael Venti;
Chelsi Adell Welch;
Holly Lynn Worth; Mitchell G. Romig; Eric Jacob Ryder;
Jeffrey Adam Kunkel; Cody James Phillips; Michael L. Blaker;
Brittany Ann Bowes; Chelsea Noelle Hill; Onalee M. Johnston;
Amanda Edith Shingara; Kenda Ann Witmer; Stacy M. Bower;
Nicole Noel English; Victoria Dawn Frick;
Tashamonique NicholLynn Howlett;
Rachel L. Shelow; Brittany Ann Turner.
>> President Gilmour, I proudly present the graduates
of the School of Natural Resources Management.
Nicholas D. Dangelo; Tyler A. Davis; Mitchell Scott Dinger;
Jordan Tyler Stringer; John P. Gildea; Todd Douglas Letteer;
Zachary Jon Mishaw; Angela Marie Poleto; Andrew J. Kaminski;
Seth E. Loughner; Joshua Scott Towson.
>> President Gilmour, I present the graduates from the School
of Transportation Technology.
Michael Kurtis Conway; David S. Cooper; Gregory Michael Edelman;
Robert O. Fisher; Caleb Steven Myers; Brant T. Righter;
James E. Vetter; Drew Rimel Whitmer; Stephen J. Bono;
Anthony J. Cox; Scott Alan Glassmyer II; Daniel J. Ney;
Collin R. Row; Carl Jay Burns; Joseph William Ergler;
Drew Allen Henry; Stephanie Marie Land; John Robert Fowler;
Isaac Scott Hostetter; Nathan Tyler Reiner;
and Molly G. Goldsmith.
[ Applause ]
[ Pause ]
>> Dr. Davie Gilmour:
I know there are a few hiding in the wings.
Your connection to the College does not end today.
As graduates, you are now members
of the Penn College Alumni Association and that's the link
between you and your alma mater.
I encourage you to keep in touch with the Alumni Relations.
We want to hear about your success
and your accomplishments.
You will hear from them monthly via their electronic newsletter
as well as of course Facebook.
I look forward to welcoming you back to reunions and gatherings
so that we can keep in touch with you
and hear how you have gone out and changed the world.
Now I know that I'm the only thing standing
between you and lunch.
[laughter] Just for the record my lunch too.
But I would just like to take two minutes and talk with you.
It's my honor to be the last person to speak with you
on behalf of the college and so while everybody is ready to go
if you could just for a moment imagine that it was me and you
and just a couple last words of encouragement.
You did well.
Good job today.
You turned the tassel and you walked across the stage.
You made your family and your friends very proud.
Another page has been made 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.
You have earned your degree.
Now today you heard lots of applause, you heard excitement
and you heard the buzz from everyone in the room
when you walked across the stage.
I hope the celebration stays alive at least through the rest
of the weekend but let's be honest we all know days
when there are no applause's, there are no celebrations,
and there's no excitement
from somebody else telling you you did a good job.
So when no one is clapping and no one is taking pictures
for your scrapbook, how will you know if you're doing a good job?
When there's no test to study for, there's no grades to earn,
what measure are you going to use to determine whether
or not you are doing a good job in life?
What is a good job anyway?
Some people say they go to college
because they want to get a good job.
I would suggest to you that there are many definitions.
Each of us has to determine that for ourselves.
Success means different things to different people
and frankly there's really no right way to define it
but I would suggest to you in today's world
that doing a good job is one that gives you a sense of pride,
of purpose and of connection to the world around you.
A good job is one that acknowledges your opportunities
and your talents and it lets you use your skills
to make life better not only
for yourself perhaps more importantly for other people.
You see doing a good job often means doing good
for someone else.
Now we all want to earn a good pay check and a real sense
of accomplishment is going to come though
when knowing you're making a difference
in someone else's life.
You know there's the voice of wisdom called anonymous
and anonymous puts it very simply
to the world you may be just one person;
but to one person you may be the world.
What you do with your degree is going to matter.
It's going to matter to your family and to your workplace,
to your community and I will tell you it will matter to us.
I will you that what you do
with others will reflect on Penn College.
So I encourage you to make the most
of every opportunity to do a good job.
Make the most positive impact you can.
Do you know that less than 7%
of the world's people have earned a college degree?
In the United States where we pride ourselves on education,
you are now 1 of 28% of the population.
That's all; 1 of 28% of the population
who have earned a college degree.
So take a minute today and let that fact sink in.
Take a minute when there's no applause and there's no clapping
and remember your accomplishment.
You worked hard to earn your degree, you sacrificed,
other people scarified to get you here as well
but this is not the end it is the beginning.
You will know in your heart if you've done a good job
when you see your life influence people in a positive way.
Remember before you entered college you may not have even
known what you want to do but your ideas have evolved
and your life has evolved.
It's not a time to accomplish what you have been dreaming
of for all those years.
The author Maya Angelou said,
"nothing will work unless you do."
And I think of that statement often
when I hear people worrying and complaining
about the state of the world.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Opportunities come to those people who work.
I don't mean that people can't fall on hard times.
We do and everyone can experience a downfall,
but over the course of my life I have come to believe that those
who are willing to face their challenges head
on those are the people who will have life prevail in the end.
Those hard times will turn around because they persist.
They will keep trying until they reach their dream.
You're going to get a good job.
Many of you already have them.
You're going to do a good job because you've made
up your mind to do so.
You're going to put forth your best effort
because you've been taught how to do that.
You will no doubt remember
over the past few years there were mornings
when you really didn't feel like getting
out of bed and going to class.
If you're honest, there were mornings like that.
You will remember teachers that you thought were too tough;
you remember papers that were too difficult to write;
you remember project partners that you wanted to divorce;
you had lots of reasons to make excuses but you didn't give up
or you wouldn't be the auditorium today.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Take the lessons you've learned and keep applying them.
You will be amazed at what you can become.
A few years back there were song lyrics that were pretty popular
and it said today is where your book begins
and the rest is still unwritten and today really is
where your book begins.
So now you can write your own life story,
you can make it what you want and you can make everyone proud.
I would encourage you to do it for yourself, your family
and friends and for all the people of the world
because there are many who have never had the opportunity
to change because of a college degree.
Do a good job and you will always have the good fortune
of a good job to do.
I offer you my congratulations on behalf of the faculty
and the staff and the administration.
I wish you all the very best in the coming year and I ask you
to go and make us proud because we are very proud of you.
Congratulations.
[ Applause ]
>> Dr. Paul Starkey: I invite those who are able to stand,
gentlemen your caps, and everyone join in the singing
of the Penn College Alma Mater.
The words may be found on Page 2 of your program.
[ Singing of Penn College Alma Mater ]
[ Applause ]
Thank you.
Please be seated and remain seated
until the platform party has recessed.
[ Background conversations ]
[ Background Music: "Captain from Castile" (Newman) ]
We ask that the audience remain seated while the graduates
exit next.
The ushers will conduct your recessional and we ask
that the graduates continue all the way to the street
so that you may be better able to connect with your family.
Best wishes.
Good Luck.
[ Background Music: "I Hope You Dance" (Sanders & Sillers) ]