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Lillian Vecchio
5/19/2009 —

The Penn State Brandywine gymnasium echoed with the roar of “WE ARE … PENN STATE!” as 93 graduates belted their pride as the newest members of one of the largest alumni networks in the country on May 16.

Among them was 72-year-old Lillian Vecchio, who graduated with a degree in American Studies. A former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, Vecchio fulfilled a life-long dream as she received her diploma.

The graduates represented varying age groups and backgrounds, but that day, each new Penn State alum walked with one thing in mind: the future. And this year’s commencement speaker, Joanne Finegan, took pleasure in sending them off to begin that future with pride and hope. During an inspiring speech, Finegan, a Penn State alumnus and member of the campus Advisory Board, shared her experiences as a rehabilitation and long-term care provider for people with acquired brain injury at ReMed Recovery Care Center to illustrate how the new graduates, like some of her patients, overcame adversity to sit proudly in their Penn State blue caps and gowns.

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