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May 17, 2018 Central Penn College Commencement 2018 - One to remember!

Central Penn College’s 136th commencement went off without a hitch. Well, almost. The entire Forum was evacuated prior to the start of the ceremony when fire alarms went off. Students and guests made the most of the situation by taking photos with firefighters, grabbing pretzel bites and bottled water from Lindsay Garber and Sandy Box at the Education Foundation table, and just hanging out on the Forum grounds on a beautiful spring evening.

Once the authorities thoroughly checked the building, which took about 20 minutes, commencement was back on and what a memorable night it was for the 260 graduates who walked!

As the ceremony began, School Retention Officer Dave Baker welcomed students, faculty and staff, commenting, "It’s awfully quiet in here for a commencement!" which caused the crowd to erupt into cheers!

Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter gave a direct and to-the-point commencement speech, advising graduates, "Do not lose sight of your purpose and process. Your purpose and process should be your suit of armor... Central Penn has prepared you to be the best you possibly can be.”

Valedictorian Julie Sodmont, radiology sciences, advised graduates during her address: "Don't let your fire go out!" Elaine Redmond, legal studies, was recognized as salutatorian.

The following student awards were presented:

  • Leadership Award – Sarayuth "Sy" Pinthong, corporate communications, cum laude
  • Service Award – Yuliani Sutedjo, corporate communications, summa cum laude
  • Athlete Award – Nashae Glover, criminal justice administration
  • Veterans Recognition – Matthew Yon, business administration, summa cum laude

Dr. Krista Wolfe, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, presented the Todd A. Milano Faculty Excellence Award to a well-deserving Anne Bizup.

"Professor Bizup is constantly striving to assist her students in any way possible to help them to achieve their goals," said Dr. Wolfe. "She is approachable, enthusiastic, hard-working, dedicated and willing to help at all times. One of her students said of Anne: “This professor clearly knows the subject matter and always finds an effective way to teach it to us. She often makes me think outside of the box and challenges me, like no other professor.” 

Before the degrees were conferred, Joshua Sheehan '07, alumni council president, congratulated the students and welcomed them to the Alumni Association.