Graduates Celebrated at Penn State DuBois Commencement

Joyce Fairman congratulated 2019 graduates during her commencement address on Friday evening at Penn State DuBois.
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by Steve Harmic

DuBOIS – Members of the Penn State DuBois class of 2019 officially joined the Penn State Alumni community on Friday evening, as commencement ceremonies were celebrated in the campus gymnasium. Chancellor M. Scott McBride presided over the ceremonies, with Professor Arshad Khan serving as faculty marshal. Special guest speaker Joyce Fairman 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 Makayla Whaling, for associate degrees, and to Kyle Bear, for baccalaureate degrees.

Fairman, a philanthropist, businesswoman, and community leader, is a long-time supporter of Penn State DuBois. She serves as a member of the Penn State DuBois advisory board, the DuBois Educational Foundation, and co-chairs the campus’ current capital campaign, A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence.  With her support, in 2013 the Fairman Family Foundation largely funded the renovation of the Alan R. Fairman House at Penn State DuBois, named in honor of Joyce’s late husband.  This initiative gave this former residential home a new life as center for the campus Honors Scholar Program.  The Fairman Family Foundation has also sponsored the Best Robotics competition for middle and high school students, which is held on campus each fall, and established the Fairman Family Trustee Scholarship at Penn State DuBois.

With her high level of involvement at Penn State DuBois, Fairman knows well the challenges students can face while earning a degree.  She told graduates during her address, “I would like to congratulate all of you on an extraordinary accomplishment.  Many of you had full or part time jobs while attending school.  Or took care of families.  Or played collegiate sports. All of you worked very hard for this day.  A lot of sacrifices economically and socially.”

Fairman went on to share personal stories about herself, her late husband, and life. She shared insight on the importance of support like that she received as an undergraduate, and urged the class of 2019 to remember those that supported them.

“I was very grateful for the grants and scholarships I received.  They made the difference in my life and allowed me to graduate,” Fairman said. Last year I attended the Penn State DuBois scholarship luncheon and heard directly from the students who received my family’s scholarship and what a difference it made to their lives.  Power stuff. When you are able, you can give back to your high school, or your university and mentor students, or help financially support students so they can achieve their educational goals.”

In addition to her philanthropy and involvement at Penn State DuBois, Fairman also serves as a member of the Penn Highlands DuBois Board of Directors, and the Council of Trustees for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is treasurer and chair of the Enrollment Management Committee.   Additionally, she is treasurer of the St. Catherine Church Fundraising Committee, and treasurer of the Association of Women Investors Organization.  Formerly she served as a board member for the DuBois Area YMCA, DuBois United Way, and the DuBois Public Library.

Fairman earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). Fairman is self-employed in the oil and gas production industry as part owner of Fairman Corporation, works as the accounting manager for DuBois Dermatology and Cosmetics, and serves as president of the board of the Fairman Family Foundation. Previously she served for 20 years as accounting and systems manager at Atlas Pressed Metals. She has two children, Derek Fairman, and wife Lindsay; and Lisa Fairman Pfingstler, and husband Jude.  She has seven grandchildren: Tyler, Reed, Avery, Zachary, Emma, Xavier and Jordan.

Penn State DuBois 2019 graduates are:

Graduate School – Black School of Business

Degree of Master of Administration

Business Administration

      Raymond Serafini                                                          Brockway, PA

University College

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Administration of Justice

      Melody Young                                                         Duke Center, PA

Degree of Bachelor of Science

Administration of Justice

      Jamie Long                                                              Brookville, PA


Caleb Dugan                                                                        Lanse, P

Brandon Gettig                                                                  Bellefonte, PA

Shane Haberberger                                                          Saint Marys, PA

Taylor Hepler                                                                   Falls Creek, PA

Daniel Hinton                                                                   Saint Marys, PA

Alexander Jaggi                                                              DuBois, PA

Jacob McLaughlin*                                                        Brookville, PA

Jamie Turner                                                                Luthersburg, PA

Kristen Williams                                                           Sugar Grove, PA

Human Development and Family Studies

Austin Amacher*                                                         Ridgway, PA

Garrett Brown                                                            DuBois, PA

Sierra Hanes (Cum Laude)                                      Grampian, PA

Bryce Hanley                                                        Beech Creek, PA

Raven Ingram                                                     Brookville, PA

Samantha Miller                                               Woodland, PA

Lamanda Perry                                                  Clearfield, PA

Thomas Plummer*                                             Shippenville, PA

Olivia Reitz*                                                       Summerville, PA

Jodalynn Warholak*                                         Clearfield, PA

Information Sciences and Technology

Ethan Clark                                                       Grampian, PA

Kevin Decker                                                   Curwensville, PA

Jeffrey Gasbarre                                              DuBois, PA

Matthew Roy                                                   DuBois, PA

College of Engineering

Degree of Bachelor of Engineering


Kyle Bear (Cum Laude)                                   DuBois, PA

Brandon Cressley                                          Rochester Mills, PA

Andrew Serafini                                             Brockway, PA

Tyler Young                                                  Punxsutawney, PA

University College

Degree of Associate in Arts

Letters, Arts and Sciences

Zachary Shifter                                               DuBois, PA

Degree of Associate in Science 
 Business Administration

Natalie Dewyer (Cum Laude)                                   DuBois, PA

Zachary Pomeroy (Cum Laude)                              DuBois, PA

Stephen Rutherford                                               DuBois, PA

Garret Weaver                                                     Punxsutawney, PA

Human Development and Family Studies

Cody McClintick                                                      Falls Creek, PA

Information Sciences and Technology

Zachary Jones                                                     Anita, PA

Hannah Pletcher                                                 DuBois, PA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Kaylee Beck                                                     Brockway, PA

Ryan Blochberger                                           Brookville, PA

Jenessa Ceprish                                             Allport, PA

Nathan Halowell                                              Falls Creek, PA

Dana Huber (Summa Cum Laude)                 Sprankle Mills, PA

Rebecca Maine (Magna Cum Laude)            Pittsburgh, PA

Caleb Smith                                                Punxsutawney, PA

Destinee Smith                                          Ridgway, PA

College of Agricultural Sciences

Degree of Associate in Science

Wildlife Technology

Steven Abrahamson                                       Wilcox, PA

Katelyn Blystone                                        Smicksburg, PA

Hope Bridge                                              Punxsutawney, PA

Emily Byron                                                Genesee, PA

Casey Grove                                           Williamsburg, PA

Nicholas Harris                                          Phoenixville, PA

Jeremiah Irvin                                          Johnstown, PA

Tyler Kauffman                                         Mahaffey, PA

Lance Pennington                                   Anita, PA

Morgan Silvis                                         Tionesta, PA

Ryan Spencer                                     Clearfield, PA

Makayla Whaling (Summa Cum Laude)        Luthersburg, PA

Paul Wheaton                                            Sykesville, PA

Ryan Witham                                           Ebensburg, PA

Jacob Wolfe                                      Sunbury, PA

College of Engineering

Degree of Associate in Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Matthew Agosti                                                      Penfield, PA

William Brumbaugh                                              Adrian, PA

Brandon Cressley*                                            Rochester Mills, PA

Kristal Gross                                                     Rew, PA

Michael Kessler                                                Rimersburg, PA

Dylan Kriner (Cum Laude)                              DuBois, PA

Nathaniel McGary                                           Big Run, PA

Joseph Pyke                                                 Grampian, PA

Bernard Rauckhorst                                    Grampian, PA

Tyler Young*                                              Punxsutawney, PA

*Indicates Summer Graduate

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