Way to go! Amazing! Yes!
The balloon held proudly by a family member seated in a front row captured the emotions evident in the auditorium at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, January 8, 2014, when 125 PTC graduates crossed the stage to receive their certificate or degree.
In her opening comments Vice President of Education Eileen Steffan began the evening saying “Welcome to the end and welcome to the beginning” before turning the microphone over to Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs Mark Scott who announced the newest recipients of PTC’s Caliguiri Award, named in honor of the late Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh and PTC graduate Richard S. Caliguiri. The five selected by their instructors and academic chairs to be honored are Monica Blackwell, a Practical Nursing graduate; Mia Contes, a Therapeutic Massage Practitioner graduate; Samantha Grove, a Surgical Technology graduate; Brad Trylko, an Electronics Engineering Technology graduate; and James Van Poolen, an Information Technology graduate. Collectively these Caliguiri Award winners had a 3.65 gpa and 98% attendance.
In his congratulatory speech PTC President Greg DeFeo extended a special thank you to members of the military who were graduating and wore red, white and blue honor cords. He reminded all graduates “You're here because you worked hard, stayed late” and cautioned them “Don't miss your opportunities. Don't miss your destiny” before instructing them to move their tassels from right to left to symbolize the transition from student to graduate.
Degrees conferred and certificates awarded, PTC’s new alumni association members marched up both aisles to the applause of parents, grandparents, husbands, wives, children and friends who waited anxiously to hug and personally congratulate their graduate.
ABOUT PITTSBURGH TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical College (formerly Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI)) offers degree and certificate programs in more than 30 areas. Its 180-acre campus is home to the American Academy of Culinary Arts, the Energy Technology Center, the Nursing Simulation Center, and many hands-on specialty labs. PTC students can take advantage of online course offerings, on-campus residence halls, student activities, intramural programs and community service programs. PTC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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