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Lycoming’s 168th

Commencement

Ceremony

On May 7, Lycoming

College marked its 168th

commencement ceremony

with hundreds of parents,

family members and friends

enjoying a sunny day on the

Lycoming quad, while President

Kent C. Trachte and Philip W.

Sprunger, provost and dean

of the college, awarded more

than 240 diplomas to new

graduates.

Commencement began

with an invocation by the

Rev. Jeff LeCrone, director of

spiritual life and community

service, followed by a welcome

message from Trachte.

Jonathan Gowin, a graduating

senior with a degree in

psychology, delivered the

senior class greeting.

The College conferred

several honorary degrees

to alumni, including Dr.

Marina Nikki Vernalis ’73 for

blazing new trails in cardiac

medicine and for breaking

gender barriers in the military

and medical fields; Jean R.

(Alpert) Staiman ’47 for her

contributions to the local

community during a span of

seven decades; and Rafael

Moreno Valle ’91 for his years

of dedicated public service in

Mexico.

Valle, the 38th governor of

the Mexican state of Puebla,

delivered the keynote address,

sharing his experiences with

facing prejudices and working

through challenges during his

time at Lycoming. Through

those stories, he encouraged

students to hold fast to their

values and persevere to achieve

their own personal and career

goals.

Lycoming College’s chorus

and band provided stirring

music throughout the event,

and a reception following the

graduation ceremony topped

off the day’s festivities

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LYCOMING COLLEGE 2016 SUMMER MAGAZINE

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