Message from Mrs. Betty Tompos, Interim President, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology:
Dear Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Graduate – Class of 2020,
Commencement is the most joyous day of the year on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College. Normally, today would have meant several thousand family members converging on our campus to celebrate this momentous achievement in the lives of their sons and daughters, their grandchildren, even in some cases, their parents. Following the pomp and circumstance, speeches, awards and the walk across the stage, families would gather with you, their graduates, for photos as you shared your achievement and some goodbyes with classmates and instructors.
That would have been the scene on our campus today in a normal year. But this year has been anything but normal. I am amazed, but not surprised, at your resilience during our shift to distance learning. Your dedication to the goal you have achieved today is part of what makes Thaddeus Stevens College graduates among the most sought-after in the workforce upon graduation. Don’t let the circumstances of the world right now take away from your sense of pride and accomplishment.
Many of you have asked about plans to celebrate and recognize your graduation. Your degree will be mailed to you within the next few weeks, and you will receive your Class of 2020 tassel by mail as well. This message to you is just the first step in recognizing all you have done to complete your degree at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. We will continue to plan to celebrate in ways that are respectful of our current situation, and we are hopeful that we will be able to celebrate in person when it is safe for and your family gather on our campus. Watch your email and the college website for more information about future ways we will continue to celebrate our Class of 2020.
Enjoy this day. I am proud of you, and wish you all the success each of you deserve. Thank you for choosing Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and best wishes for your continued success!