by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist
STATE COLLEGE — The State College and Altoona campuses of South Hills School of Business & Technology held their commencement ceremony on June 23, 2016 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College.
Loud cheers of congratulations came from the gathering of over 1,000 friends and family members who were in attendance to applaud the graduates’ hard work and educational achievements.
In his message Paul Mazza III, president of South Hills, stated, “Every human life, from the moment of conception, comes pre-packaged with dignity, purpose and value. When we enter into the wider world, forces from within and without, work to either build these up or tear them down.” Mazza continued by encouraging the graduates to practice one of the timeless principles in life, and that is to be a blessing to others in their new workplace.
Pamela A. Keebler of Roanoke, VA, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus graduate, was the recipient of several awards and guest speaker for the Class of 2016. Keebler echoed the words of Paul Mazza by inspiring her classmates to make a difference in the lives of others as they step out into their new careers. “Don’t ever underestimate the positive difference you can make in someone’s life. Whether it’s a patient who is afraid, a company whose employees look to you for guidance, or a client whose finances need to be straightened out – we all have super powers, and it doesn’t take much to be someone’s hero.”
Recipient of the JoAnn Bonfatto Memorial Award was Curisa J. Ertwine of Lock Haven, PA. This award is given to a South Hills graduate who exhibits outstanding enthusiasm, initiative, dependability, and a willingness to help others.
Pam Keebler was presented with The Founder’s Award which is given to a graduating student who exemplified the core values of South Hills’ founder, S. Paul Mazza II: kindness to others, integrity, school involvement, and strong academic standing.