Commencement weekend overflows with pride, joy

Published 05.12.2024

Photos by Alexandra Butler, photographer/photo editor; Rob Hinkal, social media specialist; Cindy D. Meixel, writer/editor-Penn College News

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Pennsylvania College of Technology conducted three commencement ceremonies at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport on May 10-11 for about 725 students who completed academic requirements during the Spring 2024 semester. 

Here is a quick sprint through the ceremonies. (Sprints were many as graduates and guests dodged raindrops both days but enjoyed interludes of sunshine and overflowing pride and joy.) Stay tuned for more photos on Penn College News in the coming days.

Let's get this party started ...
Graphic design grad Brock R. Hower shows off the best accessory of the weekend.
The Saturday morning crew is ready to process! The Genetti Hotel, around the corner from the Community Arts Center, serves as graduates' starting point on commencement days.
As graduates make their way into the CAC, they are greeted at the door by a presidential fist-bump, courtesy of Michael J. Reed.
Hitting a high note as she delivers a gorgeous rendition of the National Anthem: Tamaka F. Carter, financial aid support specialist and business administration student, who shared her musical gifts for each of the three weekend ceremonies
Another high note is delivered by student speaker, Michael Charles Carpenter, who spoke at the Saturday afternoon ceremony. At right, Joanna K. Flynn, vice president for academic affairs and provost, enjoys the delivery.
Settling in to savor his well-deserved spotlight: Jajuan Jose Ramirez, business administration: marketing concentration
Pre-ceremony glee in the Genetti
The opulence of the historic theater puts the icing on the cake for a prestigious event.
Meeting his moment: Brandon Marcel Morgan, automotive technology management
Another tradition lines up for a photo op – decorated grad caps.
"We are the champions," indeed!
Despite a downpour greeting the start of the Saturday afternoon ceremony, cheerful spirits are not dampened.
Sealing the deal with selfies and hugs ...
... and a cigar!
Graduation glow
Back on campus, welding technology grad Corbin James Coulson and friend find a sliver of sunshine at the popular photo spot – the motorcyle crafted by welding students.
Ryan J. Nicita, electrical construction, connects with the president.
Family support is the ticket of the day for Ryan Eduardo Melendez, welding technology.
Wildcat blue shines on – even when the sun doesn't.
The president playfully "photo bombs" a multi-generational family photo with dental hygiene graduate Wangden Tenzin Nangpa.
Back on campus, all that rain greens up the lawns and PCT sign nicely for a memory with Mom – just in time for Mother's Day.
Even during Friday's nearly-nonstop rains, grads and their families flock to the entrance sign to capture memories, like Alexis A. Rogers, human services & restorative justice.
Stay tuned for an encore performance, featuring more commencement photos.