DuBois, PA – Nearly 80 members of the Penn State DuBois class of 2018 made the transition from students, to alumni on Friday evening at the campus spring commencement ceremonies.

Chancellor M. Scott McBride presided over the ceremonies, with Professor Arshad Khan serving as faculty marshal.  Special guest speaker Christine Beretsel provided the commencement address.

Music for the ceremony was provided by the Penn State School of Music Graduate Brass Quintet. Academic achievement awards were presented to Tristan Smith, for associate degrees, and to Julia Test, for baccalaureate degrees.

A highly successful business woman who was able to take an early retirement from Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company Merck, Beretsel was able to offer the new graduates first-hand advice on achieving success in their careers during her address.

A campus alumna, and supporter of campus programs, Beretsel began her long relationship with Penn State DuBois as an undergraduate in 1986. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting, and went on to complete an MBA from Villanova. She also completed the Certified Financial Planning program at the American College for Financial Services.

Beretsel worked for Merck for 29 years in finance, manufacturing, and information technology. She had the opportunity to support both U.S. and international operations, traveling to locations in Europe and Asia.

She retired in 2015, and now teaches Personal Finance at DeSales University as an adjunct professor.  She also volunteers her time as an AARP Tax Counselor during the tax season.

Beretsel has remembered where her journey started, becoming a steadfast supporter of Penn State DuBois. She is a member of the Greater Penn State Campaign Committee, a supporter of BEST Robotics at Penn State DuBois, and recently established an Open Doors Scholarship at the campus.

In her address, Beretsel told new graduates, “Build on what you know. You have achieved a degree from a nationally recognized university, which signifies a great deal of study, understanding and demonstrated knowledge.  Use that, put it to work. Many of you have worked while you were in school, I know I did.  Take that practical understanding that you’ve gained from real life experience, plus the technical knowledge that you obtained in the class room, and use it as a launching point; build on it. The retail job I had in high school gave me insight into the business world. While at Penn State, I worked in a bank, first here in DuBois, then later in State College, which exposed me to the finance world.”

Beretsel also told graduates to tackle the hard things in life, head on.  She said, “Don’t shy away from something that is hard, complex, messy or ambiguous.  Those are the opportunities that provide the most growth, sense of accomplishment, and chance to make the biggest impact. I want you to think about the classes that you learned the most in. Were they the easy A classes that you breezed right through? Or was it Anatomy, Biology, Law, Statistics, or Effective Speech? Classes that you spent more time on that you thought possible just to get through. Don’t shy away from the hard or unknown, you’re missing a great opportunity to grow.”

In her final point, Beretsel told those embarking on their careers that even though they’ve now earned their degree, they should never stop learning.

“If you’ve recovered from the exhaustion that comes with the last week of finals you should be pretty proud of yourself right now.  You’ve achieved a huge goal, “Beretsel said.  “Many of you have uttered, ‘I’m finished with school, and I’ll never go back again.’  Sorry my friends, that’s not the case. To be successful, education needs to be an integral part of your life.  Your brain is like a muscle and it needs to be exercised.  Never stop learning.”

Beretsel explained that professionals can constantly evolve and continue to learn throughout their careers, building new skill on the job, or continuing with new trainings, degree programs, or certifications that will enrich their knowledge and better qualify them for future success.

“In closing, I would encourage you to build on your knowledge, look for opportunities in growth fields, even if that field isn’t well defined.  Many of you have interest in healthcare, engineering, and sustaining our environment.  I’m sure many of the business majors are budding entrepreneurs,” Beretsel said.  She concluded, “I’ve touched on what I’ve done in the last 30 years.   I never imaged that I would get to travel around the world when I first stepped onto this campus. What do you image you’ll be doing in 30 years?”

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Successful businesswoman, campus donor, and alumna Christina Beretsel urged students to build upon their knowledge and never stop learning throughout their careers during her commencement address on Friday evening.


Spring 2018 Penn State DuBois graduates are:


University College

Degree of Bachelor of Arts


Administration of Justice

Grace Earle                                                                                                                                                      Osceola, PA


Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Tory Anderson                                                                                                                                     Curwensville, PA


University College

Degree of Bachelor of Science


Administration of Justice

Timothy Smith                                                                                                                                     State College, PA



Caleb Bennett                                                                                                          Kersey, PA

Laura Breakey                                                                                                   Brookville, PA

Roger Mikulec                                                                                                 Falls Creek, PA

Marissa Pearce                                                                                                 Falls Creek, PA

Jacob Perrin                                                                                                            DuBois, PA

Austin Sabatucci                                                                                         Punxsutawney, PA

Rachel Schreiber                                                                                             Saint Marys, PA

Julie Shimmel (Cum Laude)                                                                            Wallaceton, PA

Jacob Skubisz                                                                                                         DuBois, PA

Julia Test (Summa Cum Laude)                                                                   Curwensville, PA


Human Development and Family Studies

Kylee Barrett                                                                                                          DuBois, PA

Daniel Bowman                                                                                                 Ebensburg, PA

Tosha Hahn                                                                                                            DuBois, PA

Krista Kolesar                                                                                               Curwensville, PA

Mckayla Meyer                                                                                               Saint Marys, PA

Austin Miller (Cum Laude)                                                                                  Rockton, PA

Brittany Renaud*                                                                                                Clearfield, PA

Alaina Shaffer*                                                                                                  Clearfield, PA

Brooke Simcox                                                                                              Curwensville, PA

Andrew Smith*                                                                                                   Hamilton, PA

Fayeanna Tarner                                                                                                  Grassflat, PA

Kylee Turek                                                                                                           DuBois, PA


Information Sciences and Technology

Alexander Chezosky                                                                                                DuBois, PA

Ryan Lingle                                                                                                         Clearfield, PA

Brandon Pash                                                                                                         Grassflat, PA

Ethan Wawrynovic (Magna Cum Laude)                                                         Philipsburg, PA


College of Engineering

Degree of Bachelor of Engineering



Cory Jamieson (Magna Cum Laude)                                                         Punxsutawney, PA

Matthew Lingle                                                                                                    DuBois, PA

Christian Muth                                                                                            Reynoldsville, PA


College of Health and Human Development

Degree of Bachelor of Science


Health Policy and Administration

Taylor Stott                                                                                                       Clearfield, PA


University College

Degree of Associate in Science
Business Administration

Kendell Sherwood                                                                                                 DuBois, PA


Information Sciences and Technology

Jacob Chileski (Summa Cum Laude)                                                             Saint Marys, PA

Kevin Decker                                                                                                Curwensville, PA

Matthew Jones                                                                                                    Clearfield, PA

Ryan Kemerer                                                                                                  Falls Creek, PA

Kameron Kemmer                                                                                                  DuBois, PA

Jess Polohonki (Magna Cum Laude)                                                               Falls Creek, PA

Charles Seitz                                                                                                          DuBois, PA


Occupational Therapy

Ashley Mangiantini                                                                                             Mayport, PA


Physical Therapist Assistant

Christa August                                                                                            Reynoldsville, PA

Hannah Eckert                                                                                               Saint Marys, PA

Logan Hutton (Magna Cum Laude)                                                                       Irvona, PA

Derek Knittle                                                                                                     Mahaffey, PA

Danielle Kocjancic (Cum Laude)                                                                             Kane, PA

Zachary Kovacik (Cum Laude)                                                                           Altoona, PA

Kelli Lingenfelter                                                                                       Reynoldsville, PA

Samantha Reinard                                                                                            Brookville, PA

Andrew Zilkofski                                                                                                     Kane, PA

College of Agricultural Sciences

Degree of Associate in Science


Wildlife Technology

Hope Bridge                                                                                             Punxsutawney, PA

Logan Bubb                                                                                                 Jersey Shore, PA

Zachary Byers                                                                                             James Creek, PA

Adam Chorba                                                                                                        Dallas, PA

Cody Farmery                                                                                                     Arcadia, PA

Jakob Felix                                                                                                          DuBois, PA

Tyler Hilliard                                                                                                      DuBois, PA

Cali Housler                                                                                                   Emporium, PA

Daniel Jenkins                                                                                                     Warren, PA

Carter Johnson                                                                                             Middletown, PA

Sean Lauer (Cum Laude)                                                                                      Felton, PA

Caleb Lorson*                                                                                            Williamsport, PA

Kory Mcconnell                                                                                        New Florence, PA

Lane Potts                                                                                                            Indiana, PA

Aaron Reinard                                                                                                Brookville, PA

Darby Richard                                                                                      New Bloomfield, PA

Colin Rohrback                                                                                            Saint Marys, PA

Jacob Seifert                                                                                              Buffalo Mills, PA

Tristan Smith (Summa Cum Laude)                                                                   DuBois, PA

Alexis Stine                                                                                                           Dover, PA

Colton Treaster                                                                                             Rebersburg, PA


College of Engineering

Degree of Associate in Engineering Technology


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Brenda Greenthaner                                                                                                                               Kersey, PA

Chloe Hanes                                                                                                                                      Saint Marys, PA

Cole Kriner                                                                                                                                                  DuBois, PA

Timothy Sutley (Magna Cum Laude)                                                                                           Cranberry, PA


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