The Lycoming College community celebrates student successes at Commencement 2016

The Lycoming College community celebrates student successes at Commencement 2016

Rafael Moreno Valle accepts an honorary degree from President Kent C. Trachte.

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Lycoming College marked its 168th commencement ceremony, May 7, with hundreds of parents, family members and friends enjoying a sunny day on the Lycoming quad, while President Kent C. Trachte and Phillip 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.

More information about the recipients of the honorary degrees can be found here.