Spring 2023 Commencement Program

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To Our Guests

We welcome you to the commencement exercises for baccalaureate and associate degree candidates. Commencement, the solemn but joyful climax and recognition of the graduates’ years of study, is an important occasion for the University, its faculty, staff, and students. All guests and participants are requested to avoid unnecessary conversation or moving about during the exercises.

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A Message from the Chancellor

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Penn State Altoona as well as our Advisory and Alumni Society Boards, it gives me great pride and pleasure to welcome you to today’s commencement ceremony. Today we recognize the talent, dedication and hard work of our soon-to-be graduates in achieving this significant milestone in their academic careers. Further, we recognize that their success is a reflection of the support given to them by their families, friends, and the many others who cheered them on.

To our newest graduates, we wish you well in your future endeavors. There will, of course, be times of accomplishment and times of challenge ahead. We urge you to approach them with balance, confidence, and humility and to embrace the simple reality that learning is a life-long endeavor.

Dr. Ron Darbeau

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About Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona is a full-service, residential campus located less than forty-five miles from the University Park campus. The college enrolls nearly 2,600 students and offers twenty-one baccalaureate degree programs, five associate degree programs, and the first two years of coursework for more than 275 Penn State majors that can be completed at other Penn State campuses.

Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside campus, home to the college since 1947, consists of all-purpose athletic fields, turf soccer field with eight-lane track, reflecting pond, thirty-three buildings, and four residence halls. In 1999, the college added its first location in downtown Altoona with the leasing of the former Playhouse Theater. Since then, the college has expanded its footprint in the downtown, which is now home to Devorris Downtown Center (classrooms and conference facilities), Aaron Building (communications suite, nursing simulation labs, Dining Car Downtown, William J Castle Executive Quarters, and Sutter Suites), Kazmaier Family Building (Development and Alumni Relations Office), The Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (entrepreneurship program and Sheetz Fellows program), and Penn Building (classrooms, office space).

The college boasts world-class faculty in all of its four academic divisions: Arts and Humanities; Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology; Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences; and Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Small classes and excellent support systems enable students to reach their fullest potential. The small campus environment allows for a comprehensive learning experience while combining the high standards of a major research university.

Penn State Altoona believes that the college experience should include more than just classroom learning and therefore is proud to offer its students a wide array of extracurricular opportunities. These opportunities include more than sixty clubs and organizations, community service opportunities, honor societies, pre-professional groups, student government, club sports, and student leadership programs.

An NCAA Division III member, with primary conference membership in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) and secondary conference membership in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Penn State Altoona offers fifteen varsity sports for men and women.

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Baccalaureate and Associate Degree Program

Dr. Ron Darbeau
Chancellor of Penn State Altoona

Academic Processional
Prelude to Te Deum, Charpentier
Performed by Encore Brass

National Anthem
Sung by Christian Howard, Class of ‘23
The audience is asked to join in the singing.

Chancellor Ron Darbeau

Commencement Speaker
Roger Rickard

Authorization to Confer Degrees
Dr. Nicholas J. Rowland
The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees

Conferring of Degrees
Dr. Brian Black, Division Head
Arts and Humanities

Dr. Todd Batzel, Division Head
Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology

Dr. Leigh Ann Haefner, Division Head
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Dr. Edward Levri, Division Head
Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Presentation of Schreyer Honors Medal
Chancellor Ron Darbeau

Presentation of Graduates
Presiding: Chancellor Ron Darbeau

Congratulations by the College Advisory Board
Bobbie Miller, Chair
Penn State Altoona Advisory Board

Recognition by the Penn State Alumni Society
Dr. Tracy Hinish, President
Penn State Altoona Alumni Society

Alma Mater
Sung by Christian Howard
Penn State Altoona Class of ’23
The audience is asked to join in the singing.

Allegro Maestoso, Handel
Performed by Encore Brass
The audience is requested to remain seated during the recessional.

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Commencement Speaker Roger Rickard

Roger Rickard

Roger Rickard is the founder and president of Voices in Advocacy®, the author of 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates, and host of the Voices in Advocacy podcast. He has more than thirty years of experience as an advocacy professional, speaker, trainer, consultant, and author. As a recognized expert in advocacy engagement and grassroots activation, Rickard works with a wide cross-section of organizations from diverse industries.

Rickard is a proud Penn State Nittany Lion and self-confessed political junkie, having received his education in political science. He has been an advocate for citizen involvement since the age of thirteen.

He was elected to public office three times as a young man, served as a state senate staff member, and has worked on many political campaigns from his very own clear up to presidential campaigns.

He has served in numerous industry associations’ leadership roles, is a recipient of several international industry awards, and is a member of Meeting Professional International’s prestigious “Community of Honorees.”

Rickard is often interviewed by radio, print, and television media, including being highlighted by the MSNBC show Your Business. Successful Meetings magazine named Rickard one of the “Six People Worth Watching in the Meetings Industry,” Meetings Focus magazine named him to their inaugural list of “Meetings Trendsetters,” and in 2020, Connect magazine named him to their inaugural “Class of 15 over 50 influencers.”

At 6’8”, Rickard is a big man, a big thinker, and is casually known as “the big guy with a bow tie.”

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Program Notes

Academic Dress

Academic dress had its beginning in the Middle Ages. When European universities were taking form in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, scholars were also clerics and adopted robes similar to those of their monastic orders. Caps were a necessity in the drafty buildings, and capes with hoods attached were needed for warmth. These early scholars made the hood distinctive for the various degrees by its color, trimming, and binding. As the universities gradually passed from the control of these ecclesiastics, academic dress took on brighter hues.

The use of academic garb in the United States has been continuous since the founding of our first institution in colonial times. A uniform system was not widespread, however, until about 1895 when the well-defined code of the Intercollegiate Commission was adopted by nearly all institutions of higher learning.

Gowns worn by those in the procession vary according to the degree held. Although the gown is more frequently black for academic degrees, certain universities have authorized the use of colored gowns. The academic gown has short or regular sleeves for the bachelor’s degree, pointed sleeves for the master’s degree, and round full sleeves for the doctor’s degree. There are no trimmings on the bachelor’s and master’s gowns, but the doctor’s gown is faced in front with black velvet and has three bars of the same material across the sleeves. In some cases, the color of this velvet relates to the field in which the degree is granted.

Hoods are not usually worn by recipients of the bachelor’s degree. The hood, which is the most distinctive feature of the American code, varies in length according to the type of degree held and is lined with the official colors of the institution conferring the degree. The velvet border or edging of the hood indicates the discipline of the degree it represents: scarlet, theology; blue, philosophy; light blue, education; brown, fine arts; blue violet, architecture; copper, economics; drab, business administration; golden yellow, science; green, medicine; sage green, physical education; orange, engineering; pink, music; purple, law; russet, forestry; and white, arts, letters, humanities.

The cap is usually square and is the same for all degrees. The standard tassel is black, but the doctor’s cap may have a gold tassel. The standard cap is the mortarboard and is usually the color of the gown. Undergraduates wear the tassel on the right side of the cap until the moment the degree is conferred.

Conferring of Degree

The legal corporate body of The Pennsylvania State University is its Board of Trustees. This is the entity that, by its charter, is given complete responsibility for the governance, welfare, and all other interests pertaining to the University. The Medallion presented by the Board of Trustees and worn by the Chancellor symbolizes the authority of the Chancellor to confer on each candidate the degree earned, as certified by the appropriate college faculty and administration.

Academic Mace and Medallion

The tradition of the mace can be dated to medieval kings, whose bodyguards would use a mace as an instrument of protection. It came to symbolize strength and authority. Originally, it was a weapon of offense that was made of iron and capable of breaking armor. It was a giant club, which came to be associated with brave men who fought to protect the king. During medieval times, the royal sergeants at arms were distinguished by their power of arrest without a warrant. To an increasing extent, the maces–originally ordinary weapons of war, similar to a club–became their emblems of authority from a noble lord or the king. These maces were stamped with the royal arms; and in an age in which few could read and write, the sergeants effected their arrests by showing their maces and not by producing any form of written warrant.

The evolution of maces from weapons of war to symbolic representations has seen the flanged head decrease in size to an ornamental bracket. The butt end historically carried the royal coat of arms and an arched crown surmounted by an orb and cross. As a result of the expansion of the butt end, maces began to be carried upside down with the crown uppermost.

Gradually, universities adopted the use of a mace to show the right of academic institutions to grant degrees to graduates. When English universities were taking form in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the mace was used as a symbol of royal authority at the universities the King established. It was displayed especially during formal ceremonies. The mace was carried by the most senior member of the faculty at the royal university before the president or chancellor and other dignitaries composing the platform party. The mace symbolically represents the college’s authority to exist and function as an institution of higher education.

As symbols of events and affiliations, medallions can be traced to religious orders during the Middle Ages. Since many orders, societies, and universities used similar designs–a circle, cross, or an oval–detailed artwork in the center of the medallion was adopted to differentiate each affiliation. Colleges and universities traditionally use ceremonial and commemorative medallions for formal occasions such as commencements, convocations, inaugurations, and other occasions when academic dress is worn. The academic medallion worn by the president or chancellor of the institution symbolically and officially represents his or her authority granted by the proper legal authority (the board of trustees, state authority, etc.) to confer degrees upon graduates of the institution.

Honor Cords

Honor cords are double ropes knotted at the back of the neck and worn over the robe during commencement. The cords are awarded for academic honor, as well as for service and leadership. At Penn State Altoona, only honor cords for academic achievement or from recognized campus honor societies may be worn.

Penn State Altoona baccalaureate degree candidates graduating summa cum laude have attained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.97 or higher; candidates graduating magna cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.93 and 3.96; and candidates graduating cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.83 and 3.92.

The College of Education confers the degree in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education offered at Penn State Altoona. Its baccalaureate degree candidates graduating summa cum laude have attained a GPA of 3.99; candidates graduating magna cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.92 and 3.97; and candidates graduating cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.90 and 3.94.

The College of Nursing confers the degree in Nursing offered at Penn State Altoona. Its baccalaureate degree candidates graduating summa cum laude have attained a GPA of 3.98; candidates graduating magna cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.92 and 3.97; and candidates graduating cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.85 and 3.91.

Throughout The Pennsylvania State University, associate degree candidates graduating summa cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.98 or higher; candidates graduating magna cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.90 and 3.97; and candidates graduating cum laude have attained a cumulative GPA between 3.81 and 3.89.

Penn State Altoona currently has sixteen honor societies that award honor cords for service or leadership.

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Honor Societies

Alpha Phi Sigma
(National Criminal Justice Honor Society)
Blue and gold braided cords

  • Jacob Christian Jesteadt

Beta Beta Beta
(National Biological Honor Society)
Forest Green and red cords

  • Rebecca Reeder
  • Alicia A Royer
  • Benjamin M Tilmes

Kappa Delta Pi
(International Honor Society in Education)
Green and purple cords

  • Megan Hartman
  • Ryan Lenhart
  • Sarah Elisabeth Wendle
  • Mary Wilson
  • Michaila Lynne Wolfe

Kappa Omicron Nu
(The Human Services Honor Society)
Double cream and burgundy cords

  • Krystle L Cruthers
  • Anna Dale Quirin

Lambda Pi Eta
(National Communication Association Honor Society)
Gold cords

  • Kolby M Cowher
  • Isaac Hasis Swanson
  • Jewel Marie Weyandt

Penn State Altoona Honors Program
Royal purple cords

  • Samantha Anderson
  • Justin Best
  • Emma Hoover, student marshal
  • Eemonie Nyaasia Moore
  • Timothy Samuel Richard
  • Alicia A Royer
  • Alexa Danielle Smith

Psi Chi
(International Honor Society in Psychology)
Navy and platinum cords

  • Alyson Mae Barley
  • Reid Dutchess
  • Rebecca Reeder
  • Sophia Grace Rubolino

Schreyer Honors College Scholars
The Scholars Medal

  • Eemonie Nyaasia Moore

Sigma Beta Delta
(International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration)
Green and gold cords

  • Haley Chambers
  • Alauna Ann Feathers
  • Shyanne Middendorf
  • Stephanie Swain
  • Caitlin Elizabeth Wolfe

Sigma Tau Delta
(International English Honor Society)
Red and black cords

  • Katerina M Poulos
  • Rebecca Reeder
  • Danielle Jayne West-Habjanetz

Sigma Theta Tau
(Honor Society of Nursing)
Purple and white cords

  • Samantha Anderson
  • Grace Dangelo
  • Lindsey Marie McClaren
  • Cortney Raelyn McMath

This program lists graduation candidates as of April 14, 2023

Degrees officially will be conferred in late May 2023, pending successful completion of all degree requirements.

Subject to completion of all degree requirements and satisfaction of minimum criteria, the distinction may be conferred as indicated upon the individuals listed herein and upon such others as may meet the requirements.

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Sheetz Fellows

The Sheetz Fellows program is the vision of Steve and Nancy Sheetz. It was established as part of the couple’s historic gift to Penn State Altoona in 2009.

Sheetz Fellows participate in advanced instruction and activities that promote an enhanced awareness and understanding of leadership, service, and ethics. Established academic standards must be met to maintain status within the program. Other requirements include completion of a study abroad experience, credit-bearing internship, and a minor or option in entrepreneurship.

Sheetz Fellows processing in the commencement ceremony are identified by the specially crafted medallion that is worn proudly around their necks as a symbol of their commitment to academic excellence.

Sheetz Fellows
Medallion with blue ribbon

  • Julia Rae Aumiller
  • Kaelynn Elizabeth Behrens
  • Justin Best
  • Alauna Ann Feathers
  • Salvatore F Fiore
  • Garrett P Giedroc
  • Robert Walter Lape IV
  • Tyler J Masterson
  • Shyanne Middendorf
  • Bradley Adam Shaffer
  • Alexa Danielle Smith
  • Vanessa N Wilt
  • Tomasz Jan Zukowski

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Student Marshals

Each of the four student marshals is an outstanding student chosen by his or her division head to represent their respective academic division. As an honor, they carry their division’s banner at the head of their division. We are proud to publish the following personal narratives highlighting their experiences at Penn State Altoona.

Arts and Humanities

Christian Howard
Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts
Escort: Dr. Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber

It is a great honor to represent the Arts and Humanities here at Penn State Altoona. When I first arrived on campus, I, like many others, had no idea what I wanted to do. I saw Penn State Altoona as a starting place, but as opportunity and place found me, it quickly became my ending place as well.

Within the first week, I found a home in the Misciagna building. What was once just a quiet place to study became my second home on campus, one that I even contemplated moving into on those long rehearsal nights. Wrapped up in music, theatre, and dance, the Integrative Arts major was a no-brainer. The brilliant faculty here helped to guide and refine my artistry. They gave me something that money can’t buy: their time. Going above and beyond the call of duty and sharing their wisdom and passion to see me succeed and blossom into the artist I am quickly becoming. This intimate, personal connection is something you cannot find anywhere else. That is true education. This is not my entire journey, this is just the genesis of something great.

Even through the struggles, unforeseen circumstances, pandemics, one thing is for certain: art survives. We adapt. The light of the human spirit and its expression perseveres, even in the faces of those who seek to snuff it out.

Business, Education, and Information Sciences and Technology

Brett Eckenrode
Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology
Escort: Dr. Chris Martin

Ever since I was little, becoming an engineer has been my dream. However, as the years came and went, the answer to the question “what type of engineer?” still eluded me. I had developed a liking for designing and 3D modeling, electricity and its hardware, and computers and coding. Throughout grade school, I was unable to narrow my choice. In the end, all it took was one trip to Penn State Altoona and my mind was made up. The day I toured the campus, I knew I was joining Penn State Altoona’s Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) program.

The EMET program at Penn State Altoona was perfect. It synergized the best aspects of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering into one flowing degree. I believe that this program creates engineers who can understand every piece of a machine, mechanism, or process so that anything they produce is not just theoretical, but realistic and machinable.

Over my four years at this beautiful campus, I have been presented with a multitude of opportunities. In the mornings or between classes, I was able to work at Port-Sky Café, where I made friends, memories, and income to help pay for schooling. During nights, I was part of the Altoona Motorsports club, where I put my newfound engineering skills to the test by designing and manufacturing a competition-worthy Baja car, learning from the masters as the engineering support specialists passed on their knowledge and steered us toward success.

Classes at Penn State Altoona made me strive to do my best while making me feel welcome. Nearly all my professors knew me by name and would even greet me in passing. They care about my success, they love to teach, and they always are ready and willing to help. The great faculty and staff of Penn State Altoona are what makes this campus great; they guided me on my path to becoming the man and engineer that I am today. If I could go back in time, I would not change a thing. I am proud to be an EMET graduate from Penn State Altoona.

Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Macie Hicks
Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Escort: Laura Lance

I am truly honored to have been selected as the Student Marshal for the Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences for the graduating class of spring 2023.

What a privilege it has been to pursue my passion for education and love for teaching young learners at Penn State! Penn State’s diverse community and enriching academics reiterate its prestige, alongside its fervent faculty and abounding opportunities for success. I am so thankful to have experienced college as a Nittany Lion! The community at Penn State has encouraged me to explore myself and the world around me. Attending college mid-pandemic was a unique experience that taught me how to recognize hardships as opportunities and readily respond to difficulties with optimism and hard work. Despite failures or adversity, I believe that how one responds to uncontrollable circumstances determines their achievement in controllable circumstances. My field experience as a first-grade student teacher was the first time I was able to reflect on my growth as an individual responding to circumstances out of my control. What a meaningful, eye-opening experience it was to actively rehearse the ability to acknowledge spontaneous situations with confidence and composure. In a world of uncertainty, remain assured that you will triumph over your most difficult hardships by focusing on those aspects of life you can control. The world is one big classroom, so despite adversity, appreciate your teachers, love your peers, and never stop striving to learn all of life’s infinite lessons.

I would like to give a special “thank you” to my family, friends, supervisors, mentor teacher, and eighteen of the sweetest first graders, with an honorary shoutout to my remarkable mom! None of my accomplishments would have been possible without your immense support. Your love and encouragement have meant more to me than you know!

We Are, and always will be, Penn State!

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Emma Hoover
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Escort: Dr. Juan Gil

I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for my time here at Penn State Altoona. When I first started college, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I was convinced I was going to be a Mechanical Engineer. I was part of the two plus two program and I transferred to University Park after my first two years in college. However, it only took me a few short days to realize that I wasn’t where I should be. With the help of some amazing professors (shoutout to Dr. Juan Gil!), I was able to find my path in mathematics. I promptly transferred back to Penn State Altoona as a mathematics major, and it was the best decision I could have made.

Upon my return to Altoona, I became involved in research in mathematics, and I became president of the Math Club. Through the Math Club, I have made lifelong friendships, for which I will forever be grateful. And through research, I have had many enriching experiences. Research has taught me to think in a different way. I have learned to look at things from every possible angle.

I would like to say a special thanks to my mentor and friend, Dr. Juan Gil. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I will forever be grateful for your wisdom and guidance. Thank you for helping me become the mathematician I am today.

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Candidates for Degrees

Please note: The information in this document was produced on April 14, 2023, as an official list of students who indicated an intent to graduate. Students who indicated their intent to graduate after that production date are not listed.

Degrees officially will be conferred in May, pending successful completion of all degree requirements.

Subject to completion of all degree requirements and satisfaction of minimum criteria, distinction may be conferred as indicated upon the individuals listed herein and upon such others as may meet the requirements.

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Division of Arts and Humanities

Associate in Arts
Multidisciplinary Studies
Altoona College

  • Abby Renae Allenbaugh

Bachelor of Arts
Altoona College

  • Kolby M Cowher
  • Michael Charles Filardi
  • Andruw Harman
  • Troy H McCarty, anticipated graduation date is August 2023
  • Samantha Mohney
  • Isaac Hasis Swanson
  • Jewel Marie Weyandt, Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts
Altoona College

  • Danielle Jayne West-Habjanetz
  • Patrick Louis Wolford

Bachelor of Arts
Altoona College

  • Alicia Dutrow
  • Joseph Von Gagermeier
  • Noah S Plank
  • Matthew Wolff

Bachelor of Arts
Integrative Arts
Altoona College

  • Caroline Elise Eckenrode
  • Grace Margaret Files
  • Christian Samuel Howard, Cum Laude, student marshal
  • Lorren Owen McGarvey

Bachelor of Arts
Multidisciplinary Studies
Altoona College

  • Julia Rae Aumiller

Bachelor of Arts
Political Science
Altoona College

  • Kolby M Cowher

Bachelor of Arts
Visual Art Studies
Altoona College

  • Matthew Steven Hicks
  • Meghann Mignogna
  • Amy Lee Norris

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Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology

Associate in Science
Business Administration
Altoona College

  • Brianna Blevins
  • Benjamin Foster Neil

Bachelor of Science
Altoona College

  • Haley Chambers, Summa Cum Laude
  • Zackery Douglas Copp
  • Kyle Fortney, Magna Cum Laude
  • Matthew Lenoard Garrett
  • Matthew G Guah II
  • Alex Kitko
  • Jordan Marosz
  • Shyanne Middendorf, Cum Laude
  • Stephanie Swain
  • Tomasz Jan Zukowski

Bachelor of Science
Altoona College

  • Kaelynn Elizabeth Behrens, Cum Laude
  • Justin Best, Magna Cum Laude
  • Alauna Ann Feathers, Magna Cum Laude
  • Salvatore F Fiore
  • Kaitlynne Gibson, anticipated graduation date is August 2023
  • Garrett P Giedroc
  • Robert Walter Lape IV
  • Joseph L Pellicane
  • Adam Francis Ratkus,anticipated graduation date is August 2023
  • Gabriella Annalise Scheftic
  • Bradley Adam Shaffer
  • Alexa Danielle Smith, Summa Cum Laude
  • Lauren Elizabeth Stetler
  • Vanessa N Wilt
  • Caitlin Elizabeth Wolfe

Bachelor of Science
Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations
Altoona College

  • Nathan Leonard Fisher
  • Blake Johnston
  • Colby Sullivan Mattice

Bachelor of Science
Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Altoona College

  • Brennan Paul Bailey
  • Elizabeth Nicole Bender, anticipated graduation date is August 2023
  • Richard D Chronister
  • Zachary Paul Debnar
  • Brett Eckenrode, Summa Cum Laude, student marshal
  • Nicholas Garrett
  • Bryce Anthony Hornberger
  • Alex Michael Horwitz
  • Seth David Horwitz
  • Matthew Joseph Illig, Cum Laude
  • Andrew Todd Imler
  • Isaac J Jackson
  • Benjamin Vincent Leffler, Cum Laude
  • Zachary Ryan McCarty
  • Jason Thomas McElheny
  • Stephen Henry Nileski
  • Ryan Spencer Platt
  • Noah Reighard
  • Steven Roderick St.Pierre
  • Michael D Van Hook
  • Jacob Alan Vinglas
  • Matthew Robert Weimert
  • Marcus Anthony Wirfel
  • Bentley Allen Zimmerman

Bachelor of Science
Rail Transportation Engineering
Altoona College

  • Connor Joseph Cashman
  • Kerry Jay Chen
  • William Arthur Ferry
  • Chiang-Ting Lee
  • Dawson John Luzier
  • Nicholas William Martino
  • Jacob Narup

Bachelor of Science
Security and Risk Analysis
Altoona College

  • Cody Anthony Dively
  • Kaitlyn Margaret Estright
  • Kyle D Glass
  • Alexander Lieb
  • Tyler J Masterson

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Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Associate in Science
Criminal Justice
Altoona College

  • Luke Edward Brown
  • Tyler James Doyle
  • Trae Matthew Stever

Bachelor of Arts
Altoona College

  • Alexandra Christine Berger
  • Reed Daniel Keller
  • Eemonie Nyaasia Moore, Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science
Criminal Justice
Altoona College

  • Bryson Oliver Byers
  • Trevor Fink
  • Dylan M Hench
  • Eric Gabriel Hooper
  • Jacob Christian Jesteadt
  • Rolando E Longueira
  • Dylan R Maddux
  • Evangeline Irene Miller
  • Amy Lee Norris
  • Evan M Ritchey
  • Raylene Denae Simmers,anticipated graduation date is August 2023

Bachelor of Science
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
College of Education

  • Jenna Elizabeth Bartlett
  • Hannah Shawnee Cherry
  • Brandi Alexandria Conahye
  • Joselynn Nicole Gingerich
  • Megan Hartman, Cum Laude
  • Macie Marie Hicks, Summa Cum Laude, student marshal
  • Fisher Rose Hobble
  • Taylor Leigh Kilmer
  • Ryan Lenhart
  • Nevan Michael Mauger
  • Lydia Rebecca Mock
  • Kayla Grace Moran
  • Abbey Mae Richards
  • Ashton Blair Robinson, Cum Laude
  • Rachael K Stuck
  • Sarah Elisabeth Wendle
  • Mary Wilson
  • Michaila Lynne Wolfe, Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Science
Human Development and Family Studies
Altoona College

  • Justin Charlton
  • Alyson Kate Cover
  • Krystle L. Cruthers
  • Jenna Nichole Cumming
  • Chandler Bryant Edwards
  • Haven Feathers
  • Emily Harpster
  • Danielle Nichole Irwin
  • Scott David Mccale, anticipated graduation date is August 2023
  • Anna Dale Quirin

Bachelor of Science
Altoona College

  • Bailey Elece Fields
  • Sarah Michelle Huston
  • Christopher Ben Loera
  • Erin Lutz
  • Sadie Elise McConnell
  • Hannah Jo Nyanko
  • Olivia Claire Smith
  • Katanna Yohn, anticipated graduation date is August 2023

Bachelor of Science
College of Nursing

  • Adeola Adewole
  • Samantha Anderson, Summa Cum Laude
  • Emily Sheridan Bingaman
  • Taylor R Bumgarner
  • Megan L Clark
  • Zoe Leigh Cutchall
  • Grace Dangelo
  • Shannon Detwiler
  • Isaiah Dixon
  • Hanna Joelle Durff
  • Jacqueline M. England
  • Niklas Fisanick
  • Katie Lissett Flores
  • Anna Frew
  • Emily Gehris
  • Allie Grace Goss
  • Taylor Heckman
  • Avery Heisey
  • Rylee Taylor Keeler
  • Victoria Linde
  • Lindsey Marie McClaren, Summa Cum Laude
  • McKenzie Jade McCoy
  • Mikala Alexis McCracken
  • Cortney Raelyn McMath
  • Courtnie Syiera Moyer
  • Jameilah Naciri
  • Alyssa Marie Nastase
  • Hannah Palko
  • Marissa Lynn Peros, Cum Laude
  • Tori Pfeilstucker
  • Katerina M Poulos
  • Regina Marie Redinger
  • Emma Alana Richwine
  • Tai Deon Roach-McClendon
  • Ivey Rost
  • Alexis Ryan
  • Natalie L. Saylor
  • Kasey Marie Schaeffer
  • Macey Ellen Shawver
  • Elijah Treece
  • Alexander Obed Washington
  • Isaac James Woomer, Magna Cum Laude
  • Megan Nicole Yingling

Bachelor of Science
Altoona College

  • Deema Alzagoum
  • Alyson Mae Barley
  • Reid Dutchess, Summa Cum Laude
  • Nicholas Glunt
  • Sierra Charlyne McConnell
  • Mykala Lee McGill
  • Rebecca Reeder
  • Sophia Grace Rubolino

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Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Bachelor of Arts
Environmental Studies
Altoona College

  • Abigail Elizabeth Craig
  • Donovan Meyers

Bachelor of Science
Altoona College

  • Emma Elizabeth Kitko, Cum Laude
  • Connor Dean Oakes, anticipated graduation date is August 2023
  • Tyler Joseph Palfey, Summa Cum Laude
  • Timothy Samuel Richard
  • Alicia A Royer
  • Benjamin M Tilmes
  • Jonathan Mark Wall

Bachelor of Science
Environmental Studies
Altoona College

  • Nicholas T Blouch
  • Paige Bethany Dumm

Bachelor of Science
Altoona College

  • Emma Hoover, Summa Cum Laude, student marshal

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All Other Degrees

Bachelor of Science
Criminal Justice
Capital College

  • Rachel E Russell, Magna Cum Laude

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Nomenclator, Advisory Board, and Commencement Marshals


William J White
Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Penn State Altoona Advisory Board

Chair: Bobbie Miller
Vice Chair: Bernard L Creppage
Treasurer: Bernard L Creppage
Secretary: Ron Darbeau


  • Ron Darbeau
  • William J. Castle
  • Bernard L. Creppage
  • Brian Durbin
  • Leila Farzam
  • Dr. Adam Goddard
  • R. Lee Hite
  • Fredina Ingold
  • C. David Kimmel
  • Tom Koehle
  • Bobbie Miller
  • Neil Port
  • Mark Ritchey
  • Ryan Sheetz
  • Stephen G. Sheetz
  • Clark Stapelfeld

Commencement Marshals

Esteemed College Marshal

  • William G Engelbret

Faculty Marshals

  • Jordan Bittner
  • Mike Hicks
  • Deborah K Hommer
  • Lauren McConnell-Jacobson
  • Doug Page
  • Laura K Palmer
  • Laura E Rotunno
  • Elizabeth M Seymour

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