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Richard Cunningham McCormick

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Richard Cunningham McCormick
Richard Cunningham McCormick - Brady-Handy.jpg
2nd Governor of Arizona Territory
In office
March 14, 1866 – December 13, 1868
Nominated byAndrew Johnson
Preceded byJohn Noble Goodwin
Succeeded byAnson P.K. Safford
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona Territory
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1875
Preceded byColes Bashford
Succeeded byHiram Sanford Stevens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897
Preceded byJames W. Covert
Succeeded byJoseph M. Belford
1st Secretary of Arizona Territory
In office
December 29, 1863 – March 14, 1866
Nominated byAbraham Lincoln
Preceded byN/A (Newly created position)
Succeeded byJames P. T. Carter
Personal details
Born(1832-05-23)May 23, 1832
New York City
DiedJune 2, 1901(1901-06-02) (aged 69)
New York City
Political partyUnionist/Republican
Spouse(s)Margaret Hunt (1865–1867)
Elizabeth Thurman (1873 -)

Richard Cunningham McCormick, Jr. (May 23, 1832 – June 2, 1901) was an American politician, businessman, and journalist. He served as the second Governor of Arizona Territory, three time Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona Territory, and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York. McCormick's other accomplishments include service as a war correspondent during two different conflicts and creation of two Arizonan newspapers.

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[ Music ] >> Good afternoon. I'm Paul Starkey, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for Penn College and welcome to this commencement ceremony. The ceremony begins with the entrance of the candidates for graduation from the schools of Business and Computer Technologies, Hospitality and Transportation Technology. Please join me in welcoming the candidates for graduation. [ Music ] Ladies and gentlemen and candidates, entering next are the Pennsylvania College of Technology Faculty and Administration led by the school deans. The platform party will complete the processional. [ Music ] Please rise for the National Anthem. Gentlemen, please remove your caps. [ Singing ] [ Applause ] >> Please be seated. [ Pause ] Seated in the auditorium today are family and friends who have in many different ways supported these candidates to reach the goal represented by the ceremony. And on the platform are the college faculty and staff who have motivated, encouraged and inspired these students as they completed their course work and their college experience. And of course before us are the candidates for graduation who had become good friends, mentors, colleagues developing relationships that will serve them well as they move into the future together. We join them as members of an extended support network to celebrate our involvement with these candidates and to witness their accomplishment. That celebration now begins. Presiding over the May commencement ceremony is the President of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour. [ Applause ] >> Good afternoon. Oh, you need to do better than that. Come on guys we've been at this all day. Good afternoon. >> Good afternoon. >> Thank you. Welcome to the beautiful Community Arts Center and to this Commencement Ceremony honoring the class of 2012. Today you become part of a proud Penn College legacy. But today is a milestone. It's a milestone for all of you but it's a milestone for someone else with us today. Jim Temple carried the mace in today. He's a retired Professor of Electrical technology and a variety of other electrical programs at the college and this is his final commencement ceremony carrying that mace. Unless of course we get him back as a substitute but I wanted to take a moment and thank him for his commitment to the institution and his commitment to the students. He is here today because you his students are graduating for the final time. So I want thank him. [ Applause ] The mace is kind of heavy. But the big trick with the mace is his exit. If you pay very close attention it occasionally does not want to come out of the stand. So let's see how it does on this final exit. For nearly 100 years this institution has provided a foundation for success for men and women who wish to thrive in a changing world. Many challenges have faced you graduates over the years there been times of war, times of peace, times of economic growth and that is often been inspired by emerging technologies in our economic in also times of economic recession. At all times, it is Penn College's mission that has been able to prepare its graduates to enter the work force capably and confidently to earn advancement into positions that will truly influence the future. As we celebrate your commencement today we look forward to the contributions you will make to the day-- in the days to come. This is truly a ceremony that honors the past, the present and the future. We appreciate all the effort that you will put forth in order to reach this milestone. I ask you to take time today to gratefully acknowledge the support you have received from your family, your friends, your faculty and your staff mentors. This day is important. It's important to all of us because you are important to all of us. So seat back relax and enjoy this is a very special day. It's one that you and your loved ones will remember forever. [ Applause ] >> I like to now introduce Mr. Elliot Strickland Chief Student Affairs Officer. >> President Gilmour, Chairman Dunham, Provost Starkey, distinguished faculty and staff, family, friends and most importantly the May 2012 graduating class. It is my pleasure this afternoon to introduce your student commencement speaker. Clint Hinton is a remarkable young man. Prior to Penn College, Clint serves 6 years in the Air Force including two tours of duty in Iraq. He began pursuing his academic career taking classes in both Lock Haven University and the Community College of the Air Force. Clint enrolled at Penn College in the fall of 2008 pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. To say that Clint was successful academically is understatement. Clint became a federally certified in Air frame and Power plant in aviation and last night he was awarded the Aviation Technology Faculty Award. In his 4 years at Penn College, Clint earned the perfect 4.0 GPA and today graduates summa cum laude. But don't think that Clint only focuses on his academics, during his entire time at Penn College, Clint has also been a member of the Wildcat Archery Team, and in 2010 he was a member of the Mens Compound Team that won the national championship -- quite accomplishment against the likes of Texas A&M, James Madison and Penn State. Please welcome your 2012 student commencement speaker Clint Hinton. [ Applause ] >> Welcome, faculty, friends and family but especially welcome to my fellow graduates for our 2012 graduation. Each one of us has excelled in our academics and that's why we are able to be here today and this is our celebration pretty much. First off I would like to say what an honor it is to be able to speak for you guys. I would also like to say some thank yous to some individuals who made this experience today and pretty much everyday here for the past 4 years possible. The Penn College Faculty for the great education you've given all of us, the faculty and staff at the Lumley Aviation Center, you've given me a great amount of support and guidance through my last 4 years. This support and guidance will not be soon forgotten. I would especially like to thank Mr. Walter Gower. Wally you've been my adviser for the-- my whole time here at Penn College. Thank you for taking the extra time with me from when I first stepped in and going through all my military training records and seeing if I could get any credits for any of them, sadly that failed and also for the help with getting me around my little bit of a math debacle from when I first came in. During this whole experience you've grown for more than just an adviser to me but to someone that I can really appreciate and call a friend. Thank you very much. I would like to thank the Athletic Department for having archery as varsity sport at the school, but not only the athletic department but also my archery team, coaches and athletes. You made me realize a passionate-- a passion I have for this sport and I will be forever grateful for this. The time, energy and support you have put into me, as well as, the lasting friendships we all made has great deal of-- a great deal to me. I would like to say thank you to my family for their support and understanding for this past 4 years. Thanks, Dad. You once called a dreamer, Dad, and I'm happy to say that I am. And being able to actually, you can see one my dreams come true today at this moment. Lastly, I would like to thank my amazing wife, Tiffany. Tiffany told me something before I left the house for the first time to come to school up here at Penn College, hopefully, I can get this right. She told me, "Don't think about coming if you don't come with an A." [Laughter] I was pretty sure she was joking but I was a little bit scared to test that theory. [Laughter] Tiff, thank you for setting this stone in my life you have one of the hardest work ethics that I have ever known, and without you, I know I wouldn't be up here speaking let alone just have the ability to be a college graduate. And thank you for rising me into this level. And thank you for the love and dedication that you've shown me for the past-- well, it's been forever, 11 years, I think. I am what most colleges call a nontraditional student. While in high school, I took my SATs like everyone else sitting here and waited for the day to get that little envelop in the mail or maybe it's from computers because I'm a little bit older, to see what my scores were. Well, that day came and man, was it a sad, sad day. Those scores were pretty pitiful so I thought right then and there that I was not made out to be a college student. So I thought, "Well, if I can't go to college I might as well throw my hat in the ring for the military." So I join the air force for 6 years, serving two tours and Iraq. Like a Mr. Strickland said, one in 2004 and one in 2006. While in there I was hoping to be able to get a skill that I might be able pursue if I decided to get out and maybe to grow up a little. I don't know if the grow up part actually work. Well in 2007 my time was up. So I decided, well, it's time to see if I can do the impossible, let me see if I can go to school. So I ended up coming home. I applied for my local university in Lock Haven in Lock Haven University. I got accepted. I excelled in the classes but I really never really felt like I belong there. Well, as luck would have it, I work with one of our Penn College Alumnis and we started talking about the school and thank God we did. One of the biggest skills that I learned while in the military is that you have to fight for what you want. No one is just going to be able hand over the things that you want in your life. You can only achieve those things with hard work, dedication and a few other skills that I think Penn College helps us get too. It is very apparent that I am not the only one who feels-- who feels this and has learned this through out our 4 years 'cause every one of us is sitting in this room being able to graduate. As years went by here at Penn College, I know each one of us is probably had at least one, mine quite a few more situation where you don't want to be sitting there in class when it's a nice day out writing the paper or studying. Well, the evidence is here that all of us can get push back side 'cause we're going to graduate. We had showed everyone that we have the drive and dedication to do what it needs to get done. We are hard working motivated, determined and team players. I urge you to keep these skills and refine them through out your life. Believe in yourself and your abilities, push yourself like you did here in college as you enter-- as you enter the work force and show our employers that Penn College students are great investment to their companies. So in closing I would just like to say good luck with all your endeavors after college and congratulations we're graduating. Thank you. [ Applause ] >> Teaching is what makes Penn College thrive and we place high value on the teaching and learning process. Each year we recognize those members of our faculty who have demonstrated the qualities of excellent and dedication necessary to make our students successful. The distinguished teaching award are presented at May commencement each year to full time faculty members who have been nominated by students and colleagues for their excellence in instructional performance since 1982, 89 distinguished teaching awards have been presented. I am pleased to announce that on Friday afternoon's commencement ceremony an excellence in teaching award was presented to Katherine Walker Assistant Professor in Drafting and Computer aid and Design. Today we will be recognizing a member of the faculty who has been with Penn College since August of 1999. The following are some of the comments made by the recipient's student nominators. Always willing to listen to students, it bring a wealth of knowledge from former positions and teaching experience, ensures that his lesson are planned well and focused on what we need to learn, uses personal experiences and guest professionals to speak with classes about specific jobs. Never is negative in the treatment of students or staff. Our recipient today holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from York College of Pennsylvania and a Masters Degree in Administration from University of Pittsburgh. He's been responsible for developing his program from scratch resulting in full accreditation of both the associate and baccalaureate levels. He is recognized by his peers as evidence by his recent selection as president elect of his professional organization. He's quite an assuming manner but lies his passion for student learning. It is my pleasure to present the 2012 distinguished teaching award to Mr. Dan Christopher. [ Applause ] [Pause] >> It's a little unnerving to be here right now. You would think that I would have something really great to say and the reason for that is every year when I take my place for graduation and President Gilmour starts to talk about the distinguished teaching awards, I always sit and think what would I say if that was me? Well, this year when she started to talk about places where people graduated from and the year that someone started and I realized it was me, all over those thoughts instantly flew out of my head and I have nothing much to say. [Laughter] Anyway, I will say a few things in appreciation for this award and I will begin that by two words that I've learned as an instructor that always get my students' attention and they are "in conclusion." [Laughter] They always perk up right then. He must be about done. In conclusion I would like to thank President Gilmour, the Administration of the College and the Board for creating such a great facility for us to teach in. I would like to thank them also for creating a great positive culture which makes it a pleasure to come to work everyday. I'd like to thank my Dean, Ed Henninger and my colleagues in the School of Business and Computer Technology and others around the campus for their support and friendship and I-- I would like to thank my students, my health information grad especially who put up with me everyday. Who laugh at my dumb jokes. I had to tell them one final joke while we wait in line to come in today and as a punch line of that joke goes "I've go my eye on you." And I also like to thank my family, my wife, Trisha and my kids for their love and support that gives me that foundation that I need everyday to keep going whether it's a good day of bad day, and I have to say that this day with this award counts among my best days. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Silence ] >> Ladies and gentlemen as many of you know, the legal corporate body of the Pennsylvania College of Technology is its Board of Directors. This is the body that by our charter has given final responsibility for the governance, welfare and all other interest pertaining to the college. Though some responsibilities are delegated, ultimate authority rest with the board. At this time, I'd like to call upon Dr. Robert Dunham, Chair of the Board of Directors to authorize the conferring of degrees at this ceremony. Dr. Dunham? >> Thank you. President Gilmour, members of the faculty, friends and family and of course the graduating class of 2012. I know how you must feel on this very important day. You should feel very good. The degrees about to be awarded have come from your hard work and dedication, and from the guidance and wisdom of the faculty and from the very strong support of your families and friends. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to congratulate to you and offer you our best feelings for the future. And of those faculty and friends and family, thank you for your support of these fine graduates. And now that my official duty, Dr. Gilmour, by virtue of the authority vested in the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, I authorize you on behalf of the Board to confer upon these candidates the degrees earned as testified by the Deans of their respective areas. [ Silence ] >> Will the candidates for the Bachelor of the Science Degree please rise. [ Pause ] Dr. Gilmour upon recommendation of the Faculty I am pleased to inform you that these men and women have satisfactorily completed the requirements for the Bachelors of Science Degree. >> By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, I do hereby confer upon you the Bachelors of Science Degrees that you have earned with all of the rights and privileges and with congratulations from the Board of Directors, the Administration and the Faculty. Congratulations. [ Applause ] >> You may be seated. Well, the candidates for all Associate Degrees and certificates please rise. >> The Baccalaureate Students can sit down, that's good. We'll work on this. That's good, thank you. >> Dr. Gilmour, upon recommendation of the Faculty, I'm pleased to inform you that these men and women have satisfactorily completed the requirements for their respective Associate Degrees and certificates. >> By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, I do hereby confer upon you the Associate Degrees and Certificates that you have earned with all of the right and privileges and with congratulations from the Board of Directors, the Faculty and the Staff. Congratulations. [ Applause ] >> And now if you would remain standing and with the Baccalaureate Graduates please stand up. And those of you standing that's good right there, that's good. Ladies and gentlemen, you entered the theater as candidates today and a few minutes ago you had conferred upon you the certificates and degrees that you have earned. As a symbol of your entry into the world of educated men and women, I asked you to join me as I turn the tassel of graduation class representative, this will symbolize to the world that you are now in fact a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. [Applause] You may be seated. As in-- are they going to come back? Good. Okay, they are. Good. [ Pause ] [Inaudible] well, and then you frame it back. [ Pause ] That was great practice. [Laughter] [ Pause ] The really good news is that they've got the rows lined right and there's a seat for everyone. As individuals and institutions we pass through clear stages of development points in time when we grow in new road-- roles and new responsibilities. This ceremony is a transition event for all of our graduates. Today, we are honored to recognize academic achievement. Outstanding achievement will be recognized for all students. The gold, silver and white cords that they wear during the ceremonies, white for honors, silver for high honors and gold for highest honors can identify these students. In addition, we are very proud to recognize the graduates from Phi Theta Kappa and their gold stoles and tassels will identify them. Equally proud, we recognize the graduates from Alpha Chi Honor Society in white stoles will identify those students. We will also recognize our veterans today and they will be wearing a red, white and blue cord. I would now ask all students who are graduating if you are active duty military or you are reservist or you have served in the military would you please stand. [ Applause ] All right, you may stay standing, you could stay standing, and I'd like to tell you a little bit about our veterans at Penn College. Three of them have earned a Purple Heart, four of them have earned a Bronze Star, 70 of our veteran students have earned Iraq Campaign Medals and 17 have earned Afghanistan Campaign Medals and Garrett Patterson will be commissioned this evening as Second Lieutenant in the US Army, congratulations. [ Applause ] Now you may be seated. At this time, Carolyn Strickland, the Assisted Vice President of Academic Services and the respective school representatives will present the graduates, Dr. Dunham will assist in presenting the diplomas, thank you. [ Applause ] [ Silence ] >> President Gilmour, I'm honored to present the graduates of Accounting with Associate Degree and Accounting with the Bachelors Degrees within the School Business and Computer Technologies. Bradley A Dressler, Jr. [Applause] Alyson Marie Fields. [Cheers] Andrew Jared Paulhamus. [Cheers] Tera Lee Rowe. [Cheers] >> President Gilmour, I'm honored to present graduates in the programs of Information Technology including those in the networking, security, software development and technical support from the School Business in Computer Technology. >> Brandon A. Boust. [Applause] James Carlton Fink. [Applause] Eric Lee Reiner. [Applause] Pramod Kumar Gadam. [Applause] Mark Lane Rowar [phonetic]. [Applause] Jeffrey M. Seebold. [Applause] Kevin M. Steele. [applause] Ryan Matthew Sokol. [Applause] Shay Michael Stadts. [Applause] Abraham Isaac Cabanilla. [Applause] Julio Cesar Espinosa Jr. [Applause] Kevin Wescoe Faust [Applause] Jeremy Michael Klinger. [Applause] Eric Thomas Olsen. [Applause] Shawn M. Shaner. [Applause] >> Margaretta Maye Starr. [Applause] >> Sean Michael Timm. [Applause] Benjamin Robert Warfield. [Applause] Nicholas Andrew Cafarchio. [Applause] Dane Stephen Forsman [phonetic]. [Applause] Matthew T. Hazzard. [Applause] Charles Wesley Marr. [Applause] Gregory Thomas Poler. [Applause] Jonathan Tineo. [Applause] >> President Gilmour, I present the graduates of the Paralegal Programs within the School of Business and Computer Technologies. >> Christopher Michael Good. [Applause] Brian L. Hoffman. [Applause] David P. Samar. [Applause] Eileen B. McKinney. [Applause] Elizabeth Marie Seagraves. [Applause] >> President Gilmour, I'm proud to present the graduates of Business Administration with concentrations in Banking and Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and also graduates of Office Information Technology with emphasis in Medical Office Information and Technology management and business management, all within a school of Business Computer Technologies. >> Tiffany Lynn Elder. [Applause] Abigail Marie Ferguson. [Cheers] John Andrew Frey III. Kirsten L. Reddens [phonetic]. [Applause] Tanya N. Cunningham. [applause] Sarah L. Saboski. [Applause] Jenna Christine Barnes. [Applause] Brian Michael Gottschall. [Applause] Chelsea A. Allen. [Cheers] Matthew G. Duitch. [Applause] Christie Lynn Fischer. [Applause] Brianna Ray Gerry [phonetic]. [Applause] Christine Elizabeth Hershberger. [Cheers] Jared Scott Johnson. [applause] Matthew Christopher Risell. [Applause] Eric John Spangler. [Applause] Amber K. Bingaman. [Cheers] Amanda Lynn Branstetter. [Applause] Scott D. Rinker. [Cheers] L D M. Ward. [Applause] Nathaniel Joseph Rank. [Applause] Pamela Ann Mix. [Applause] >> Congratulations Pam. >> Thank you. >> Kevin Eugene Brookhart. [Cheers] [Applause] Derek Edward Brown. [Applause] Carlos Antonio Fernandez. [Applause] Daniel D. Feula. [Applause] Kelvin S. Goode. [Cheers] [Applause] Toni-Lynn Hill. [Applause] Kyle Chronicle [phonetic]. [Cheers] [Applause] Chelsea A. Igo. [Applause] Andrew J. Jaconetta [Applause] Ross Allen Judy. [Applause] Shane Paul Knauber [Cheers] [Applause] >> Joseph Edward Maley. [Applause] Neal Palmer. [Cheers] [Applause] Brett Robert Potteiger. [Cheers] >> Hell, yeah, Brett. >> Christopher Allen Ream. [Applause] Congratulations. Blair Elise Smith. [Applause] Justin M. Weaver. [Applause] Chad Ryan Burman. [Applause] Gary Michael Davis. [Cheers] [Applause] John Patrick McCormick. [Applause] >> President Gilmour, I present the Graduates of Health Information Coding Specialist, Health Information Technology and Health Information Management within the School of Business and Computer Technologies. >> Lynette A. Baker. [Cheers] [Applause] Sally E. Barbera. [Cheers] [Applause] >> I love you. [ Pause ] Kalina Rachel Bowersox. [Cheers] [Applause] Allison M. Held. [Applause] Alaina Kini [phonetic]. [Applause] Kristine A. King. [Applause] Kelly A. Krause. >> Go Kelly. [Applause] >> Kelley Nicole O'Keefe. [Cheers] Christiana Marie Snyder [Applause] Thomas Nicholas Williams. [ Applause ] [ Noise ] [ Inaudible Remark ] Melinda L. Delker [Applause] Bobbie J. O'Connor. [Applause] >> President Gilmour, it's my pleasure to present the graduates of Culinary Arts and Systems, Culinary Art Technology, Baking and Pastries Arts, Hospitality Management all within the School of Hospitality. >> Patricia Ann Bennett. [Applause] Kacy Lynn Charlesworth. [Applause] Heather Nichole Ferguson. [Applause] Stephanie Anne Grossi [Applause] Samantha R. Gstalder. [Applause] Samantha M. Heller. [Applause] Alisha Mae Howell [Applause] Spencer Michael Johnson. [Applause] Kristina Michelle Kopitsky [Applause] [Cheers] >> Megan Rose Larkin. [Applause] Nina M. Liguori. [Applause] Kelsey Noel Moyer. [Applause] Rebecca Rose Rudy. [Applause] Hailey Morgan Schumann [phonetic]. [Cheers] [Applause] Ashley Nicole Styburst [phonetic]. [Cheers] [Applause] Sabrina Renee Stressner. [Cheers] [Applause] Taylor Lee Donahay. [Applause] Jordan Tyler Homet. [Applause] Jessica L. Ireland. [Applause] Mark Richard Risinger. [Applause] Molly Elizabeth Dietrich. [Applause] Carly Nicole Kambic [Applause] Ponnie M. Marcus [Cheers] Stephanie Sinclair [Applause] Brian S. Whitner. [Applause] Skylar Kathryn Burke [Applause] Katelyn Rae Ciavardini [Applause] Stephanie Marie Davis. [Applause] Rachel Michelle Emmons [Applause] Cody J. Miller. [Applause] Kevin W. Pysher. [Cheers] [Applause] Angela Joy Snyder. [applause] Aimee Michelle Stout. [Applause] >> President Gilmour, I present the graduates of Automotive Service Sales Marketing, Automotive Service Technicians, Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology Ford Asset, Automotive Technology Management, Automotive Technology Honda Packed and Automotive Technology Distance within the School of Transportation Technology. >> Jacob A. Brown. [Cheers] Sean C. Doyle. [Cheers] [Applause] Brian M. Kowalski. [Applause] Brandon M. Kramer. [Applause] Mark Philip Lyndonmott [phonetic]. [Cheers] [Applause] Benjamin David Solt. [Cheers] [Applause] Alexander J. Aller. [Applause] Ethan Patrick Griffin. [Applause] Ross A. Maasa Jr. [Applause] Marco G. Peralta [phonetic]. [Applause] Elliot Frederick Ritner. [Applause] Erel L. Burnett [phonetic]. [Cheers] [Applause] Andrew R. Hatch. [Applause] Michael Joseph Hornick. [Applause] Tyler Andrew Crow. [Applause] Robert Marchese. [Applause] Matthew Shawn McGraw. [Applause] Nathan D. Moorman. [Applause] Brian Michael Moran [phonetic]. [Cheers] Evan J. Odiorne. [Cheers] Kyle Francis Rang. [Applause] Michael C. Smith, Jr. [Cheers] Vincent Michael Steinbacher. [Applause] Louis Anthony Day [Applause] Tristan M. Brown. [Applause] Walter E. Cox, III. [Applause] Shawn Joseph Connelly. [Cheers] Jacob Curtis. [Applause] William James DeAngelo. [Applause] David John Guillemette. [Cheers] Daniel Joseph Hurrey. [Cheers] Ryan Matthew Johnson. [Applause] [Cheers] Bradley P. Miller. [Laughter] >> Philip Jung Huwei. [Cheers] [Applause] Justine Rowe. [Cheers] [Applause] Brian A. Rudolph [Applause] >> Morris Sayon. [Cheers] [Applause] Ryan Scott Schauder. [Applause] [Inaudible Remark] >> Silvers. >> Yes. >> Brendan Silvers. [Cheers] Thomas Guy Sylvester III. [Cheers] [Applause] Christopher W. Sysock. [Cheers] [Applause] >> Harsha R Yarram. >> Harsha? >> R. Yarram. >> Harsha R. Yarram. [Applause] Jacob P. Goodrich. [Cheers] >> President Gilmour, I present the graduates of Aviation Maintenance Technology and Bachelor or Aviation Technology within the School of Transportation Technology. >> Ryan L. Burkholder [Cheers] [Applause] Zachary E. Earp. [Cheers] [Applause] Daniel J. Fredrick. [Applause] Jack W. Hallmark. [Applause] Christopher S. Morrison. [Applause] Matthew Aaron Okkelberg. [Cheers] [Applause] Brandon S. Allison. [Cheers] [Applause] James Daniel Grube. [Cheers] Terrence Arthur Heim. [Applause] Eric W. Isherwood. [Applause] Stephen Charles Crone. [Cheers] [Applause] Jonathan Lopez. [Cheers] Brandon H. Mull. [Cheers] [Applause] Kevin Charles Pannebakker. [Cheers] [Applause] >> Congratulations. >> Thank you. >> Garrett P. Patterson. [Cheers] [ Applause ] Douglas Richard Phillips. [Applause] Zachary A. Smith. [Cheers] [Applause] Michael Ryan Thompson. [Cheers] [Applause] >> President Gilmour, I present to you the graduate of Collision Repair Technology, Collision Repair Technician within the School of Transportation Technology. >> Brock J. Ashman. [Applause] Owen Ronald Boyle. [Cheers] [Applause] John H. Brungard. [Applause] Cory J. Chilson. [Cheers] >> Yeah, you rock, honey. [Applause] >> Aaron C. Dressler. [Cheers] [Applause] Michael Patrick Garrity. [Cheers] >> Smerekar. >> Smirker? >> Smerekar. >> Benjamin P. Smerekar [Applause] Chad J. Zepp. [Applause] Kevin Austin Maloney. [Applause] >> We have one more diploma to present today. We'll, I can't let the day go without telling you that this will be Dr. Dunham's last commencement. He's been Chairman of our Board for 15 years and served on our Board for 20 years and has decided to retire from the Board of Directors as of this June. So, we did a little homework. This is his 40th Penn College Commencement which should make us all take a side deep breath, and Clint will be the 9,922nd student to get a diploma from Dr. Dunham. So, with that we say thank you. [ Applause ] Clint Hinton. [Cheers] [ Applause ] [ Silence ] [ Laughter ] [ Silence ] We tried really hard to get to 10,000 by today but our math is right, I can guarantee you. Your connection to Penn College doesn't end today. As graduates you're now members of the Penn College Alumni Association and the Association is the main link between link you and Penn College and you and I both know that the way you'll keep connected is Facebook. [Laughter] We really look forward to welcome you back to campus, hoping that you'll come and share the information about your successes and your accomplishments, come back and visit student, senior respective programs and tell us about your success. Earlier today and yesterday we gave Alumni Achievement Awards when I have absolutely no doubt sitting in the crowd today, our future alumni achievement award winners. It's the time that I look forward to the most in the program until it gets here and then I know we're almost finished. It's the time when I asked you to just give me 2 minutes or 3 minutes of your time, and imagine that there's nobody else in the auditorium but us, because it's my true honor as President to be the last person to get to talk to you on behalf of the College. It's difficult to say goodbye because you've left a mark on all of us, a really positive mark. It's rewarding for me to stand here and look at all of you and know that the world is going to be better place because of you. You're special, not only to the people here today who love you but you're special because you have the skills and the opportunities to make a big difference in this world. I know that some of you will think I'm an idealist that the mission and the values of our College mean a lot to me. I want to leave here and I want you to leave here today knowing how important that values and virtues will be throughout your whole life. I know they sound like old fashion ideas specially coming from a leader of a College that embraces new and emerging technology. But I believe with all of my heart the progress is built on the foundation of basic principles that sustain us through generations. We often avoid conversations about steadfast values and virtue because we fear that we might be a hypocrite if we don't live up to them or we're worried that we might offend somebody or risk offending somebody whose culture or traditions are different from our own. In the end, nothing should stand in the way of communicating our common values, our virtues because they strengthen the world. Every culture and tradition has a place for honesty, integrity, compassion, responsibility and obligation. Rather than limiting ourselves, our values and virtues provide opportunities for each of us to make a profound difference. When we're able to connect what we know in our head with our heart and now what you can do with your hands we find the true meaning and purpose of life. I hope your Penn College Education will allow you to connect your head and your heart and your hands. We search for the meaning of life all the time whether what we choose a career as a designer or builder, an operator, a manager, it doesn't matter what we choose to do, we each want to have a purpose. Each time you choose to do the right thing instead of taking the easy road out, you choose virtue. When you persist in pursuing a noble goal you choose virtue. If you want to do more than just survive and I hope you want to do more than just survive, and you want to thrive the only way to do that is to be virtuous. Avoid the traits that are opposite of virtue, arrogance, indulgence, complacency and greed. Our communities need selfless individuals to be servants to the community especially in their success. As college graduates, I have absolutely no doubt as Penn College graduates you will be leaders in your chosen field. And so the way you express yourself, your values and your words and your actions will make a big difference in the impact of others. The great philosopher Socrates once said "The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be," but pretending is not enough and I would suggest that you-- to you that you have to intend to be in order to be successful. We have seen everyday in our lives how the mighty will fail because they can't even do what they're pretending to do. Ask yourself who you're going to be as you transition through this life, you're going to make lots of transitions from college to work, to family life. Someday you're even going to talk about your retirement. All you're decisions, you're going to ask the same question, "Who are you and what kind of person do you want to be?" I urge you to greet life with energy, enthusiasm and employ your knowledge and your values and your virtue in creating the life that you most desire. Today, you become part of a proud tradition when you would become a Penn College Alumnus. For nearly 100 years, this institution has been changing lives and impacting communities. We ask you to come back often because we again want to hear of your success. We want to continue to hear of the difference you make in the lives that you touched. It really is now time to say goodbye and to send you off into the real world. So class of 2012, you are now part of a valued, virtuous history of the Pennsylvania College of Technology. And on behalf of everyone that stands with me today, I ask you to leave and to please make us proud. Congratulations. [ Applause ] >> I invite those who are able to stand, gentlemen please remove your caps and everyone to join in the singing of the Penn College Alma Mater. The words may be found on page 2 of your program. [ Noise ] [ Singing ] [ Applause ] >> Thank you please be seated and remain seated until the platform party has recessed. [ Music ] We ask that the audience remain seated while the graduates exit next. The ushers will conduct a recessional and we asked that the graduates continue all the way to the street, so you maybe easily able to connect with your family and friends. Best wishes and congratulations. [ Music ] >> I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance. I hope you dance. I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance. Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'. Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'. Don't let some Hell-bent heart leave you bitter. When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance and when you get the choice to sit it out--



McCormick was born on May 23, 1832, in New York City to Richard Cunningham and Sarah Matilda (Decker) McCormick. The senior McCormick was Secretary of the New York merchants' exchange. The younger McCormick suffered from poor health and was educated at home by private tutors with the expectation he would attend Columbia University.[1] Instead of enrolling in college, he became ill and was sent to Europe under the Victorian belief that travel had curative power. In 1854, while still in Europe, McCormick became a war correspondent reporting on the Crimean War. Upon his return he wrote two books, A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol in 1855 and St. Paul's to St. Sophia in 1860.[2]

At the age of 25, the redheaded McCormick went to work on Wall Street.[3] Shortly thereafter he became the YMCA's corresponding secretary and edited Young Men's Magazine for two years. In 1860, at the request of William Cullen Bryant, he became editor of the New York Evening Post. At the start of American Civil War, McCormick went to the front lines as a war correspondent.[1]

Politically, McCormick was elected a public school trustee for New York's 15th ward in 1858. This was followed by his becoming a member of the Republican State Committee in 1860 and working on Abraham Lincoln's presidential campaign.[4] In 1862, McCormick made an unsuccessful run for United States House of Representatives.[1] The same year he was appointed Chief Clerk for the Department of Agriculture.[4]

McCormick was married twice. The first time was to Margaret Grifiths Hunt of Rahway, New Jersey, on September 27, 1865.[5] The couple had met aboard a steamboat bound for New York City from Panama earlier the same year.[6] Margaret died on April 30, 1867, while giving birth to a stillborn child.[7] McCormick's second marriage was to Elizabeth Thurman, youngest daughter of Senator Allen G. Thurman, on November 11, 1873.[8]

Arizona Territory

McCormick was nominated to be Secretary of Arizona Territory by President Lincoln on March 7, 1863. Following confirmation, he journeyed with Governor Goodwin's party to the newly formed territory. McCormick took his oath of office on December 29, 1863, as part of the Navajo Springs ceremony that officially established Arizona Territory. As part of his official duties, he designed the territory's first official seal.[9]

Outside his official duties, McCormick began the Arizona Miner with a Ramage press he had brought with him. The newspaper's first edition was printed on March 9, 1864, at Fort Whipple and began regular operations in Prescott on June 22, 1864.[10] McCormick's control of the newspaper aided his political career by ensuring he could always receive favorable press coverage. The paper also provided a forum for McCormick to share his thoughts with the people of Arizona.[11] In 1868, following the territorial capital's move to Tucson, McCormick sold his property in Prescott and purchased an interest in the Weekly Arizonian.[12] His association with the Arizonian continued till October 1, 1870, when the paper's editor withdrew support for McCormick. McCormick's response was to repossess the paper's printing press and begin a new newspaper, the Arizona Citizen, on October 15, 1870.[13]

During his service within the territory, and later as Territorial Delegate, McCormick was a leader in Arizona Territory's "Federal Ring". This group was a coalition of territorial official and leading citizens that worked in a nonpartisan fashion to protect the lives and property of the territory's American population, establish law and order, and develop Arizona's economic potential. To achieve their goals, the clique crossed traditional political divides of the day, with Northern Republican governors appointing Southern Democrats and Hispanics to governmental positions.[14] The "Federal Ring" dominated territorial politics between 1863 and 1877 and, while labeled a self-perpetuating oligarchy by critics, succeeded in providing a territorial government that was generally free of corruption and dishonesty.[15]

After Governor Goodwin was elected Territorial Delegate and left for Washington in late 1865, Secretary McCormick became Acting Governor of Arizona Territory. He was officially appointed as Governor on March 14, 1866.[9] Among the chief issues McCormick faced were hostilities from Apache and other tribes. To deal with this threat he called for an increase in U.S. Army troops and a reorganization of small forts located throughout the territory into larger installations to maximize the number of soldiers available for action. Instead of the policy of extermination advocated by many within the territory, McCormick supported the creation of Indian reservations.[16]

Economically, McCormick envisioned Arizona developing a mining based economy similar to California's. To attract economic capital, he advocated a laissez-faire tax policy.[17] McCormick also pushed for creation of the roads, railroads, telegraph lines, and postal routes needed for such an economy to function. He also asked Congress to acquire additional land from Mexico so that Arizona could have a port on the Gulf of California[18] To meet the need for food, the governor called for settlers and "tame" Indians to engage in farming.[19] To help protect the growing population from outlaws, McCormick asked the territorial legislation to create courthouses and jails.[20]

Territorial Delegate

McCormick announced his candidacy for Territorial delegate on March 12, 1868, with the election scheduled for June 3, 1868.[5] During his run, McCormick avoided normal party affiliations and instead ran as a nonpartisan candidate under the Unionist banner. The election centered on the issue of the territorial capital having been moved the prior year, with allegations circulated that McCormick had been promised support from Pima County if he signed the bill.[21] McCormick only won a single county during the election, Pima, but the margin was sufficient for him to be elected Territorial Delegate.[22]

Richard C. McCormick between 1860 and 1875.
Richard C. McCormick between 1860 and 1875.

McCormick left Arizona Territory on December 13, 1868 to journey to Washington D.C.[23] Upon his arrival in the Congress, McCormick's past acquaintances with influential people of the day allowed him to become unusually effective as a territorial delegate.[5] This influence allowed him to be chosen as chairman by the group of seven sitting territorial delegates in their efforts to obtain unified legislation in areas affecting United States territories.[24]

During his first term, McCormick's efforts were focused on the Apache Wars and establishment of additional postal routes within Arizona. Other areas he worked on included resolving land title issues involving the town of Prescott and having Arizona Territory declared a separate land district.[25] After a return to Arizona to campaign, McCormick won reelection for his second term on November 8, 1870.[26]

McCormick's second term was again focused on the Apache Wars. The delegate was at odds with President Ulysses S. Grant's decision to send Vincent Colyer to negotiate with the Apache, but was successful in his efforts to have George Crook resume military operations against the Apache.[27] During May 1871, while visiting his mother in New York, McCormick contracted erysipelas and was totally blind for a short time. His right eye recovered, but the left was permanently lost.[28]

McCormick's opposition to President Grant's Indian "Peace Plan" allowed the delegate to win reelection to his third term without opposition.[29] The term also saw him win a number of reforms. Using an argument that qualified individuals were not applying to be territorial officials due to the cost of living exceeding the pay for various positions, he was able to have the pay for territorial legislators was raised to US$6 per day and territorial governor's pay raised to US$3000 per year.[30] He also succeeded in having administration of U.S. territories moved from the State Department to the Department of the Interior, with the transfer occurring on March 1, 1873.[8] McCormick also worked on a bill to restrict killing of American Bison except for use as food, legislation resolving citizenship issues of Mexican born residents of Arizona who lived in land acquired through the Gadsden Purchase, further expansion of mail routes, and criminalization of acts that damaged or destroyed parts of the new military telegraph system.[31] McCormick choose not to run for a fourth term.[29]

Later life

After leaving office as Territorial Delegate, McCormick become a Commissioner of the Centennial Exposition.[4] This was followed by his Secretary of the Republican National Committee in August 1876 and his working in the U.S. Presidential campaign of Rutherford B. Hayes.[32] In 1877, McCormick was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.[4] This was followed by his being named United States Commissioner General to the Paris Exposition in November 1877.[32] At the end of his service as Commissioner, McCormick was appointed Commander, Legion of Honor, by the President of France in 1878.[4][32]

McCormick was offered ministries to Brazil in 1877 and Mexico in 1879, but declined both offers.[32] Instead he returned to New York City and settled in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens. There he became involved in a number of business efforts, serving as president and/or director of several mining companies and trustee of a bank.[4] McCormick made unsuccessful runs for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1882 and 1886 before his election in 1894 to represent New York's first district for a single term.[32] McCormick died on June 2, 1901, at his house in Jamaica.[4]

McCormick Street in downtown Tucson, Arizona, was named in honor of the former territorial governor and delegate.[33]


  1. ^ a b c Goff 1985, p. 57.
  2. ^ Goff 1978, p. 39.
  3. ^ Wagoner 1970, p. 63.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Richard C. M'Cormick Dead". New York Times. June 3, 1901. p. 7.
  5. ^ a b c Goff 1985, p. 58.
  6. ^ Wagoner 1970, p. 64.
  7. ^ Wurtz, Michael (September 24, 2000). "Arizona Territory mourned loss of governor's wife". Sharlot Hall Museum.
  8. ^ a b Goff 1985, p. 67.
  9. ^ a b Goff 1978, p. 40.
  10. ^ Wagoner 1970, p. 38.
  11. ^ Goff 1978, p. 46.
  12. ^ Goff 1985, pp. 59-60.
  13. ^ Goff 1985, p. 62.
  14. ^ Wagoner 1970, p. 77.
  15. ^ Goff 1978, pp. 45-6.
  16. ^ Wagoner 1970, pp. 68-9.
  17. ^ Wagoner 1970, p. 76.
  18. ^ Wagoner 1970, pp. 64-5.
  19. ^ Goff 1978, p. 41.
  20. ^ Goff 1978, p. 42.
  21. ^ Goff 1985, p. 59.
  22. ^ Wagoner 1970, pp. 71-2.
  23. ^ Goff 1985, p. 60.
  24. ^ Goff 1985, p. 64.
  25. ^ Goff 1985, pp. 60-1.
  26. ^ Goff 1985, pp. 61,63.
  27. ^ Goff 1985, p. 63-4.
  28. ^ Goff 1985, p. 63.
  29. ^ a b Wagoner 1970, p. 84.
  30. ^ Wagoner 1970, p. 74.
  31. ^ Goff 1985, p. 68.
  32. ^ a b c d e Goff 1985, p. 72.
  33. ^ Leighton, David (September 10, 2013). "McCormick was Governor of Arizona when Tucson was the Capital". Arizona Daily Star.
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