Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson presented the college’s 2019 commencement address. Congressman Thompson represents Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Pennsylvania’s geographically largest congressional district, Congressman Thompson spent 28 years as a therapist, rehabilitation services manager and a licensed nursing home administrator. Through his professional experiences, Congressman Thompson has touched the lives of thousands of individuals facing life-altering conditions. As a result, he has learned firsthand the importance of access to quality healthcare and has become a strong advocate for increased access, affordability, quality of care, and patient choice.
A 30+ year veteran of the Juniata Valley Boy Scout Council, Congressman Thompson has served as Scoutmaster, Council executive board member, and Council president. He has enriched the lives of youth throughout Central Pennsylvania. Among just 2,000 presented since 1969, Congressman Thompson received the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 2012.
Congressman Thompson is also a former member of the Bald Eagle Area School Board, past vice-chair of the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor and a former Workforce Investment Board member. Because of these experiences, he was appointed to the House Committee on Education & Workforce in 2009. Rep. Thompson is also serving in his fourth term as Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus. In the 115th Congress, Thompson introduced the Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act that passed the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Lucy Craig, of Rock Stream, Ny., delivered the Invocation. Ms. Craig graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law. Lucy was a standout member of the Mount Aloysius College bowling team for three years as the team witnessed unprecedented success on the lanes and was a one-year member of the Cross Country team. Her service to the campus community was a key facet to her time at the College. She will be returning to Mount Aloysius and enter the Nursing Program.
Siblings, Emily and Nicholas Goldyn, both of Portage, Pa., welcomed students with a charming poem as the Student Welcome Speakers. Emily graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Criminology and Psychology. Emily has made the most of her education at Mount Aloysius College by taking opportunities to apply what she has learned in her courses to real life situations. She has served as an FBI Honors Intern in New York, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Quantico, Virginia. Ms. Goldyn has accepted a position as an Operational Support Technician with the FBI. Nicholas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both History/Political Science and English. Nicholas is the epitome of a student-athlete at Mount Aloysius College. In the classroom, Nicholas has excelled where his classes have led him to assist in political science research. Mr. Goldyn will continue giving back to his community by working with Americorps.
The Student Commencement Speaker was Amanda Brancato, of Rockwood, Pa. Ms. Brancato graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Pre-Health Specialization. Amanda has been a tremendously successful student-athlete while enrolled at the College. Academically, she has consistently graced the Dean’s List, actively participated in the National Society of Leadership and Success, and guided fellow students as a Supplemental Instructor for Genetics. She has proudly represented Mount Aloysius College as a member of the women’s soccer team and served as captain from 2016 through the 2018 seasons. Amanda will be attending Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy degree.