DBC Holds Commencement Ceremonies

Jackie Diehl Syktich, president and chief executive officer of the DuBois Business College, addresses graduates during commencement ceremonies Friday. (Provided photo)

DUBOIS – The DuBois Business College held its 127th commencement exercises Friday at the DuBois Area Middle School Auditorium.

Instructors Wes Carnahan and Brenda Heschke led the processional of graduates into the auditorium and Lisa Doty, director of marketing, gave the invocation. Carolyn Rhoades, DBC board member and instructor, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

Jackie Diehl Syktich, president and chief executive officer of the DBC, greeted the graduates and shared memories with them during her president’s address.  She reminded them of their orientation, the tests they studied for and the excitement of passing a certification test.

Syktich shared that she, too, is a graduate of the DBC. She encouraged them to reach for the stars while they travel through their chosen career path.  She noted that when she began as a student at DBC, she never dreamed that she would one day be the president and CEO of her alma mater.

Graduates who were presented with special awards were:

Outstanding Graduate Awards: 

Ronna Downey of Kane

Brittany Bell of Rockton

Renea Gelling of Clearfield

Student Service Award:

Donna Bennett of Kersey

Spirit Award:

Michele Steffan of Kersey

The 2011-2012 Members of the Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society are:

Brittany Bell of Rockton

Ronna Downey of Kane

Thomas Felton of DuBois

Phaedra Ford of Reynoldsville

Melissa Fuenffinger of Emporium

Renea Gelling of Clearfield

Lydia Gould of Reynoldsville

Brandy Keech of Kersey
Darren Kite of Brockport

Shanna Lingle of Woodland

Ashley McCandless of Kersey

Brittany McIlvaine of Clearfield

Donald Mitchell of DuBois

Sandra Reed of Reynoldsville

Stephanie Skebo of Curwensville

Michele Steffan of Kersey

Doretha Stephens of Brookville

Jacqueline Wanson of DuBois

The graduates were each given a copy of their video yearbook, which was created by Tim Duckett, DBC admissions representative. Terry Khoury, director of admissions, gave the benediction, and the evening ended with a reception.

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