ABINGTON, Pa. — Rain supposedly brings good luck on wedding days, so if the same applies to graduation, the Penn State Abington class of 2016 — the largest in the campus' history — may be its luckiest. The daylong downpour didn’t diminish the joy as families, friends and the campus community celebrated:
- 380 new graduates;
- Five valedictorians;
- Fifty-five students who graduated with honors or in the top 12 percent of their class, the most in Abington history;
- The first group to leave with bachelor’s degrees from the Penn State College of Engineering while remaining in the Philadelphia area;
- Four students earned concurrent degrees in business plus either corporate communication, information sciences and technology, and two students in accounting;
- Five Schreyer Honors College medal recipients.
“Together, we created a harmonious blend of diverse cultures, beliefs, languages, and ideas — a blend that proves tolerance and acceptance of all leads to amazing things both in and out of the classroom.”
-- Victoria Ricci, co-valedictorian
In addition to academic bragging rights, the class of 2016 included:
- Two pairs of brothers and two pairs of twin sisters;
- Elizabeth Janoski, who took home $50,000 on "Wheel of Fortune College Road Trip" a few weeks ago;
- Two students who will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army this month;
- A group of student-athletes who were the first to compete for Abington as an NCAA Division III member for four years.
“You will face many changes in life and, the challenge is how you respond and adapt. Remember the three Cs: Choice, chance, and change. Sometimes you need to make the choice to take a chance or your life will never change.”
-- Lorraine Basara, commencement speaker and 1975 Penn State alumna
See more photos from Abington's spring 2016 commencement on Facebook.