Graduates Honored at Penn State DuBois Fall Commencement
DuBois – On Thursday evening, 53 individuals made the transition from being Penn State DuBois students, to Penn State DuBois alumni. Bachelor and associate degrees were conferred in a wide range of disciplines including science, finance, physical therapy, and more.
"This evening is not just for you," Chancellor Anita McDonald told graduates. "It's also for the family, friends, faculty, staff and administration that are here tonight. We all want to tell you how proud we are of your academic success. So, if we clap too loud, or take too many pictures, it's because we are so happy and very proud of your accomplishments."
Mr. Edward Nasuti served as special guest speaker and offered the commencement address. Nasuti is a Penn State DuBois alumnus and the president of the DuBois-based engineering firm, Lee-Simpson Associates. He is also the President of the DuBois Educational Foundation, which provides financial and administrative support to the campus. This year, Nasuti and his wife Della, along with Lee-Simpson Associates, established a Trustee Matching Scholarship for Penn State DuBois engineering students.
During his speech, Nasuti encouraged graduates to use their degrees not just to succeed, but also to help others. He said, "You have obtained the knowledge and skills necessary, not only to succeed in the world, but also to become the leaders of tomorrow. This distinction also comes with responsibility. It is important that you also use your education to make your community and your country a better place to live. Get involved. Serve on a community committee, and help make a difference."
Immediately follow the presentation of degrees, Alumni Society President Jackie Allen welcomed the newest alums to the Alumni Society. As part of the class of Penn State DuBois' 75th Anniversary year, each graduate received a copy of the campus history book, Penn State DuBois Proud, as a gift from the campus, and a 75th anniversary holiday ornament compliments of the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society.
Pictured above are graduates who participated in Fall Commencement ceremonies.
Front Row, Left to Right:
Keith Sorg, Occupational Therapy; Melissa Stockwell, Occupational Therapy; April Meyer, Occupational Therapy; Paul Mezser, Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Sholynn Voigt, Occupational Therapy; Erica Walker, Occupational Therapy; Meredith Gilmore, HDFS; Meagan Young, Business.
Back Row, Left to Right:
Betsy Clouser, Business; Carl Griech, Occupational Therapy; Ian Carr, Business; Bradley Johnston, Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Jonathon Weber, Business; Jeffery Sexton, Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Tony Harris, Earth Science; Kelly Leuschel, HDFS; Samantha Spangler, HDFS; Kristin Handwerger, Business; Terri Gardner, Occupational Therapy; Dan Beers, Physical Therapy Assistant; Rachel Britton, Occupational Therapy; Miranda Hoyt, Occupational Therapy.
Speaker Ed Nasuti delivers the commencement address.
Four Generations: Graduating adult learner Terri Gardner (center) represents one of the four generation of her family who attended her commencement ceremony. At left is her daughter, Sara Gardner-Tennant; At right is her mother, Mary Cribbs; in front it Terri’s granddaughter, Lily Tennant.