Thursday, May 14, 2009

Commencement Weekend 2009

The One Hundred Fifty-Eighth Commencement was held on the campus of Saint Francis University last weekend. Our children, Penelope and Zachary, were among those receiving their degrees so this week's blog is all about the twins.

The statue of St. Francis is surrounded by spring in full bloom on the Saint Francis University campus mall, Loretto, PA.

Tulips are in bloom every year for the Commencement activities that are held on Mother's Day each year in the Stokes Athletic Center.

Baccalaureate Mass was held in the DeGol Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The auxiliary gym was setup to host the dinner for undergraduate students and their families following the mass.

A carver stands by his station ready to serve roast beef to the guests.

This shot and the next two were taken from the running track that overlooks the auxiliary gym.

I used available light to get this shot of the four meat carvers serving the guests.

Torvian Dining Services managers surveying the activities to keep things moving.

Meanwhile, back at the DeGol Arena, underclassmen prepare the seating for the Commencement to take place on Sunday.

John Woznak, Ph.D., class of '77, organist for the Preludes performed at the Undergraduate Program.

Zachary in the Auxiliary Gym as the graduates line up for the processional into the main gym.

Dr. Kirk Weixel and Dr. Wayne Takacs lead the processional of faculty and staff members.

Penelope and Zachary enter the Arena with the rest of the candidates for Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Having last names near the beginning of the alphabet put our offspring in the front row of the B.A. candidates.

Rev. Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R., President of Saint Francis University, addresses the graduates, parents and friends.

Dr. Manfred A. Max-Neef stands center stage as his qualifications for the Honoray Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters are read to the audience.

Dr. Manfred A. Max-Neel
Commencement Speaker for the Undergraduate Ceremony

A view of the audience from the podium while Dr. Max-Neef presents his ideas about ecologic economics and the importance of finding practical solutions to global challenges.

289 Bachelor degrees and 6 Associate degrees were presented at Sunday afternoon's ceremony. In the morning 21 doctor of physical therapy and 267 master's degrees were awarded during the Commencement ceremony for Graduate students.

Penelope, Zachary and Sarah.

Dr. Kirk Weixel arranges a hood for a graduate.

Dr. Wayne Powel, Ph.D., Provost, read the name of each student as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma from Saint Francis University President Father Gabriel Zeis.

Penelope receives her diploma from Fr. Zeis.

After receiving his diploma Zachary turns to head for the stairs and the hooding area. Since Zachary was the next student after Penelope to receive his diploma there just wasn't time to get photos of everything happening.

Dr. Stephen Gilmour adjusts Penelope's hood, while Dr. Takacs places the hood on Zachary. Dr. Weixel will then adjust Zachary's hood.


Now, to get a job!

1 comment:

Mikki Gibson said...

Way to go, Penelope and Zachary! Best wishes for a bright future.