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Penn State Mont Alto held its Spring Commencement

5/15/2010 —

Penn State Mont Alto graduated 122 students today and officially closed the academic year at its Spring Commencement ceremony. Ninety students received associate degrees and 32 received baccalaureate degrees. Forty-one percent of the graduates were adult learners (24 years or older), and they ranged in age from 19 to 53.

Dr. Linghao Zhong, Mont Alto’s assistant professor of chemistry and its Faculty Scholar Award recipient, led the processional alongside Chancellor Dr. David C. Gnage. The speaker was campus Advisory Board Member Dr. Kevin H. Mosser, senior vice president of WellSpan Health. He challenged the graduates to give back. “Life is about people. Life is about who you help, and who you touch. At the end of the day, your satisfaction with your career, your memories, and your self worth will be determined by what you give to your community, co-workers, family, friends, and people in need.  Those you serve will give so much back to you, the abundance will astound you.  No investment will ever give you the return you will get from reaching out to other human beings,” he said.

The campus has been graduating students for more than 100 years. The oldest campus in the University system outside of University Park, Mont Alto now offers six bachelor’s degree programs, eight associate degree programs, and the first two years of more than 160 Penn State degrees.

View photos from the Commencement ceremony here.

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