Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College is honored to announce that Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson will present the college’s 2019 commencement address. The College will hold its 79th annual commencement on May 11, 2019 at 10 a.m.
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.
Congressman Thompson is a graduate of Penn State and Temple Universities, where he earned a B.S. and a Master of Education, respectively.