Penn State Worthington Scranton held its 40th Commencement on Friday, May 15 during a ceremony in the school's Multi-Purpose Building.
Penn State Worthington Scranton Chancellor Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, Ph.D., presided, and Dr. Richard Fitzsimmons, the campus' head librarian for the past 41 years, gave the commencement address. Dr. Parminder Parmar was Faculty Marshal.
Penn State Worthington Scranton granted baccalaureate degrees in Administration of Justice; American Studies; Business; Health and Human Development; Human Development and Family Studies; Information Sciences and Technology; Letters, Arts and Sciences; Mechanical Engineering; Media Studies; and Nursing.
Associate degrees were awarded in: Building Engineering Technology; Business Administration; Human Development and Family Studies; Letters, Arts and Sciences; Nursing; and Information Sciences and Technology.
Several students graduated with honors of distinction. Graduating with highest distinction were: Brent T. Hoban, Lake Ariel; David E. Malson, Carbondale Twp.; Michele L. Morey, Peckville; Charles J. Mulligan, Dunmore; and Lindsay L. Scalzo, Jermyn.
Graduating with high distinction were: Steven R. Chimel, Clarks Summit; Sara K. Miletta, Lake Ariel; Colleen A. Shaffer, Lake Ariel; and Lisa Zale, Clark's Green.
Students graduating with distinction were: Anthony J. Carra, Dunmore; Casey R. Cuono, Hawley; Lawrence J. Gaik, Clifton; Brian J. Kelsch, Carbondale; Althea M. Kent, Scranton; Kristin A. Lemoncelli, Archbald; Erminia Muto, Scott Twp.; Ashley A. Pearson, Scranton; Leanne M. Smith, Waymart; and Jennifer D. Yankowski, Gouldsboro.
"Today marks a very special day for both our students and our campus," said Dr. Krogh-Jespersen. "We are celebrating the accomplishments and very hard work of our students, who are receiving their degrees here tonight, as well as celebrating our campus' 40th Commencement and anniversary."
Penn State Worthington Scranton opened the doors to the Dawson Building, the campus' first building, in August, 1968. In 1969, the first class of associate degree candidates received their Penn State degrees from the school, which was then known as The Pennsylvania State University Worthington Scranton Campus.
In May, 1969, 52 young men became the first graduating class from the new campus, receiving their associate degrees. On Friday, 21 members from that original graduating class were in attendance at the Commencement, processing behind this year's graduates and attending a special 40-year reunion on campus.
"We are very proud of our graduating students and we congratulate them on their accomplishments and hard work," said Dr. Krogh-Jespersen. "We wish them all the best life has to offer as they leave here to pursue their futures, and we are confident that they will be successful because we have provided them with a strong and solid foundation on which to build those futures."
Introducing commencement speaker Dr. Richard Fitzsimmons was Attorney Dante A. Cancelli, vice chairman of the campus' advisory board. Louis Ingargiola, Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society offered the alumni charge to the university's newest alumni.
The following Penn State Worthington Scranton 2007 graduates, by Penn State College and degree earned are:
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies: Douglas P. Chickson, Scranton; John M. Hart III, Scranton; and Joseph M. Kashuba, Scranton.
Associate in Science in Business Administration: Jonathan C. Allegrucci, Jermyn; Robert Donahue, Nanticoke; Christopher J. McDonough, Scranton; Joseph A. Mordente, Dunmore; Dawn M. Richardson, Dickson City; Lea A. Werner, Honesdale.
Bachelor of Science in Business: Sara J. Barycki, Jessup; Dustin P. Bowen, Scranton; Maria C. Bressi, Elysburg; Anthony J. Carra, Dunmore; Charles L. Chernavsky, Laflin; Jason D. Chester, Old Forge; Kayleigh E. Connolly, Carbondale; Natalie A. Czyzyk, Scranton; Stephen K. Demianovich, Carbondale; Alicia M. Dillon, Scrantoon ; Brendan M. Doll, Archbald; Bridget M. Duchnik, Olyphant; Daniel J. Evans, Jessup; Jessica L Evans, Hawley; Stephanie A. Ferraro, Jermyn; Justin R. Francis, Eynon; Lauren A. Franko, Lake Winola; Nicholas D. Gillette, Moscow; Derek W. Gleason, Clarks Summit; Angela J. Goldovich, Archbald; Andrew J. Jarbola IV, Moscow; Caleb J. Johnson, Clark's Summit ; Sara M. Joyce, Avoca; Christopher M. Kahanic, Scranton; Zhachori Kelsch, Carbondale; Sierra Lancia, Dunmore; Miranda J. Lazar, Moosic; Matthew M. Maceyko, Archbald; David E. Malson, Carbondale Twp.; Tia D. Martini, Lake Ariel; Colin M. McCann, Scranton ; Eric S. Miller, Peckville; Justin L. Morgan, Moscow; Charles J. Mulligan, Dunmore; John M. Murphy, Gouldsboro; Robert J. Nagurney, Throop; James M. Paolucci, Olyphant; Mallory R. Pencek, Factoryville; Katherine A. Ralston, New Milford; Sarah A. Rokosz, Wyoming; Donald P. Rumford, Carbondale; Philip J. Russin, Moscow; Lisa Russo, Scranton; Jason A. Rutkowski, Dickson City; John T. Scagliotti, Archbald; Lindsay L. Scalzo, Jermyn; Leanne M. Smith, Waymart; Bradley C. Snyder, Scranton; Jeffrey M. Snyder, Clarks Summit; Matthew G. Spott, Tunkhannock; Sawn S. Sprague, Clarks Summit; Kerri J. Stephens, Shavertown; Melanie A. Stevens, Dickson City; Autum M. Strother, Scranton; Karl Wezmar, Dalton; Nicole M. Witkowski, Milford; and Aaron E. Zaverl, Browndale.
Associate of Science in Human Development and Family Studies: Amy L. Decker, Taylor; Amanda E. Eroh, Waymart; and Kristin A. Lemoncelli, Archbald.
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies: Julie Bryk, Dupont; Danielle L. Cebulko, Collegeville; Tanya M. DeFelice, Springbrook Twp.; Kate A. Dipietro, Lake Ariel; Erica L. Dougherty, McAdoo; Jessica E. Dougherty, Hazleton; Deborah M. Galonis, Pittston; Lorelei Y. Gryczko, Scranton; Erica E. Hubert, Scranton; Amy L. Keiper, Clarks Summit; Althea M. Kent, Scranton; Tiffanie G. Lombardi, Old Forge; Sirena Mehall, Scranton; Sarah K. Miletta, Lake Ariel; Cassidy R. Mischello, Moscow; Ashley A. Pearson, Scranton; Kimberly J. Schuit, Lake Ariel; and Tammy L. Walsh, Scranton.
Associate Degree in Letters; Arts and Sciences: Estelle Bonhomme, Dunmore; Tracy M. Cummings, Hawley; Lori A. Kapacs, Mayfield; Calvin J. Pacholec, Factoryville; and Francesca M. Sickle, Scranton.
Bachelor of Arts in Letters Arts and Sciences: Michael B. Ancherani; Isabel C. Boyce, Clifford; Hope M. Fisher; Brian M. Gates, Scranton; Andrea E. Hollister, Pittston; Stephen J. Kishel III, Taylor; Sean P. McCormick, Scranton; Michele L. Morey, Peckville; Kathleen A. Nichols, Clarks Summit; Danielle Pugliese, Wyoming; Marla J. Stone, Clarks Summit; Lisa S. Zale, Clarks Green; and Russell Zapko, Pittston.
Associate Degree in Engineering Technology/Building Engineering Technology: Jenny L. Battenberg, Mayfield; Ariel M. Christ, Dingman's Ferry; Dominick J. Depietro, Olyphant; Daniel L. Michaels, Clarks Summit; Ryan R. Ruddy, Clarks Green; and Steven G. Walsh, Carbondale.
Associate in Science in Nursing: Justin P. Biondo, Jermyn; Jessica A. Browne, Peckville; Amy N. Dolinish, Old Forge; Amy L. Figueiredo, Moscow; Patricia A. Fitzgerald, Lake Ariel; Jill N. Gordon, Scranton; Mary Cecelia Grogan, Scranton; Amanda B. Hileman, Brockton; Sharon R. Kapinus, Olyphant; Andrea M. Kopa, Jermyn; Cathy A. Lamberton, Lake Ariel; Elizabeth A. Lee, Madison Twp; Jill Lennon, Dickson City; Todd J. Lucke, Clarks Summit; Ginger L. Maczuga, Moosic; Kelsey A. Madden, Lake Ariel; Andrea Martinelli, Scott Twp.; Judith A. Mercatili, Archbald; Nancy C. Morales, Tobyhanna; Gregory P. Moran, Scranton; Gina M. Mullen, Archbald; Leann Negvesky, Blakely; Cindy H. Noldy, Scott Twp.; Sara K. Pedley, Jefferson Twp.; Ann M. Pepson, Jermyn; Michelle G. Pepson, Dunmore; Lori A. Phillips, Nicholson; Laura M. Plant, Thompson; Shannon D. Riggleman, Clarks Summit; Jennifer L. Robbins, Wyoming; Jessica L. Robinson, Clarks Summit; Kelly A. Roland, Clarks Summit; Kochey Roshan, Olyphant; Christina M. Ryan, Dickson City; Michael A. Sable, Avoca; Sharon A. Saldonis; Veronica K. Saslo, Pocono Lakes; Andrea C. Schneider, Scranton; Deborah J. Shaffer, Dickson City; Lisa M. Siwinski; Ann M. Smith, Clifton; Michelle N. Spiccioli, Pittston; Alicia E. Tait, Jessup; Michael P. Taramelli, Clarks Summit; Renee Taylor, Lake Ariel; Ann R. Truax, Wilkes-Barre; Kathryn E. Vail, Factoryville; Joanne Valenches, Scranton; Justine A. Weber, Scott Twp.; Traci R. Weidow, Springbrook; Lisa Wozniak, Avoca; Tamara Wozniak, Dickson City; and Jennifer D. Yankowski, Gouldsboro.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Linda R. Arcurie, Lake Ariel; Kelly M. Corrigan, Carbondale; Kay M. Denesevich, Avoca; Taryn L. Emmett, Carbondale; Sarah L. Evanina, Olyphant; Ashley N. Franklin, Moosic; Bendu H. Haynes, Scranton; Christopher M. Hreha, Archbald; Jonathan R. Kopka, Kingston; Keith T. Lashinski, Dickson City; Joan E. Margitich, Clarks Summit; Jeanette McCormack, Dunmore; Bridget A. McGurrin, Scranton; George C. Metz, Scranton; Erminia Muto, Scott Twp.; Neva Rebecca Pratt, Scotrun; Jennifer Richards, Forest City; Katherine A. Schuster, Scranton; Colleen A. Shaffer, Lake Ariel; Celeste E. Tomkins, Wilkes-Barre; and Jeffrey D. Zabielski, Jermyn.
Associate in Science in Information Sciences and Technology: Michael D. Loggans, Old Forge; Stanley J. Stancavage, Jr., ; Timothy J. Yale, Milan; and George J. Zvirblis III, Dunmore.
Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology: John J. Amabile III, Archbald; David M. Ando, Cresco; David Angelini, Peckville; Francis E. Barnosky, Lake Ariel; Edward J. Chicoski, Pittston Twp.; Steven R. Chimel, Clarks Summit; Leland E. Cokelette, Jr., Matamoras; Curtis S. Cronan, Exeter; Casey R. Cuono, Hawley; Joshua S. Daniels, Honesdale; Lawrence J. Gaik, Clifton; Sasha A. Gallant, Roaring Brook; Jeffrey W. Heilbrunn, Scranton; Joseph H. Jaffer; Jr., Waymart; Brian J. Kelsch, Carbondale; Jason Linsinbigler, Olyphant; Robert J. Mullaney, Jr., New Milford; Daniel A. Nestlehut, Scranton; Richard E. Pienkowski III, Scranton; Sean R. Rainey, Dunmore; Keith A. Reicheg, Hawley; Francis H. Rizzo, Scranton; Nathan P. Schmidt, Lake Ariel; Jeffrey R. Squier, Scranton; and Michael P. Wademan, Fleetville.
College of Communications, Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies: Randall G. Williams.
College of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechancial Engineering: Brent T. Hoban, Lake Ariel.
College of Health and Human Development, Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies: Cristin Wormuth,
College of The Liberal Arts, Associate in Arts in Letters, Arts and Sciences: Brent W. Hedden, Waymart; and Jennifer Mercereau.
University College, Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice: Jacqueline C. Safko, Sturges.