President Gilmour Presents Garis’ Posthumous Degree

President Gilmour Presents Garis’ Posthumous Degree


>>At this time, we’d
like to take a few minutes to honor the memory of a
young woman who’s not here to celebrate commencement
with us this weekend. Tracy A. Garis was a student
in our dental hygiene program when she died in a traffic
accident last summer. Tracy was a very active
Penn College student. She served as a resident
assistant and a student ambassador. Her death touched many students,
faculty, and staff very deeply. Tracy was an inspiration
during her short life, and her death inspired Penn
College friends to remember her in a very special way. They have established the Tracy
A. Garis Memorial Scholarship. The commitment shown
by this student body in vigorously raising the fund to establish the scholarship
is nothing short of remarkable. Frankly, I was in awe. I cannot ever remember seeing
so many students come together for a common purpose to
honor one of their own. I was so moved by
this effort led by Adam Yoder and Greg Miller. By the end of the academic year, these students have raised
35,823 dollars and 12 cents. [ Applause ]>>As an appropriate way
to honor a young woman who left the last– lasting
legacy on our campus, the Tracy A. Garis Memorial
Scholarship will be awarded annually to a dental
hygiene student who is an active
leader on campus. We believe Tracy would
have wanted it this way. Today, members of Tracy’s family
here with us to honor her memory and to accept the diploma on
the behalf of the young woman– young woman who meant so
much for the Class of 2011 and who meant so much to
everyone at Penn College. I’d like to invite her mother
and father, Cheryl and Ed Garis to the stage to accept the
Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene on her behalf. [ Applause ]>>I was not prepared for
this, but I kinda got my guts up while I was sitting there. Thank you Dr. Gilmour. I just wanted to say
thank you to Adam and Greg for all your hard work
with the scholarship fund. And to all you dental
hygiene girls out there, Tracy is with us today. She’s looking down on us and I
know she is so proud of you all. I know how hard it’s been,
how hard she studied last year and I just wanna tell everyone– everyone that donated
for the scholarship fund, I appreciate your effort and
everything that you all did. Thank you. [ Applause ]>>Thank you very much. We appreciate it. [ Applause ]

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