Deirdre Connelly ’83 is presented her
honorary degree by President Douthat.
Frank Girardi introduces honorary degree
recipient, Dallas Krapf ’69.
Michael Kane ’13 delivers the senior
The Class of 2013 enters the Quad through
the Oliver Sterling Metzler Gate.
Many choir students and alumni joined
together for Fred Thayer’s final concert.
Douthat, who gave the keynote address, spoke of the
impact of Lycoming’s graduates. He highlighted several
prominent alumni, including Deirdre Connelly ’83,
president of North American Pharmaceuticals of
GlaxoSmithKline; Gene Dodaro ’73, comptroller
general of the U.S.; Dallas Krapf ’69, co-owner of
Krapf Bus Companies; U.S. Rep. Tom Marino ’85, the
college’s 14th member of the U.S. Congress; David
Schoch ’73, president of Ford Asia; and Michael
Warehime ’64, chairman of Snyder’s-Lance Co.
“No one knows what your futures may bring,”
Douthat said to the Class of 2013. “Yet, one thing I
can say with confidence is that the future presidents
of Lycoming College will always have thousands of
success stories to illustrate how the lives of our alumni
have been guided toward their personal and professional
successes by their well-trained, well-educated and open
“Continue to train your mind and your heart so you
will be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities
that come your way and opportunities you have created
Michael Kane ’13 of Montoursville, Pa., an economics
major, spoke on behalf of the senior class. He used
balloons as a metaphor for the students to fill their lives
with passion and love for whatever they do in the future.
“If all of us are filled with the right stuff and all of
us come alive, we can make an impact,” he told the
graduates, before releasing 282 colorful balloons into the
sky. “Together, we can touch the world.”
During the ceremony, Lycoming conferred three
honorary degrees: Connelly received a Doctor of Science;
Douthat, a Doctor of Humane Letters; and Krapf, a
Doctor of Laws.
On Saturday evening, Clarke Chapel was the site for
Thayer’s final Graduation Concert. At the end of the
performance, more than 75 alumni joined the choir on
stage to honor one of their most beloved professors and
reminisce about their Lycoming experiences.
The day’s activities began with the baccalaureate
service, featuring an address by the Rev. Beth
Jones ’95, superintendent of the Williamsport District
of the Susquehanna Conference of the United