posted May 01, 2016
Pitt-Johnstown marked its 44th Commencement ceremony on April 30, 2016.
The event honored 575 graduates who completed requirements for Bachelor Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Associate of Science degrees. More than 390 seniors processed in the ceremony.
Monty Hoffman, a 1983 Civil Engineering Technology graduate and Founder and CEO of PN Hoffman, was the honorary speaker and received the President’s Medal of Distinctive Excellence.
Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar presented Mr. Hoffman with the highest honor that the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown bestows. The award recognizes exceptional persons for their exemplary contributions toward making our world a better place. Honorees are chosen on wide range of criteria including their social, cultural and humanitarian contributions, leadership in their professions as well as service to the community of humankind. Individuals receiving this prestigious honor make a positive difference in our world, their actions inspire and empower others to achieve their fullest potential; they contribute to human progress and enlightenment.
“Mr Hoffman is an exceptionally talented developer," said Dr. Spectar. "He is an exemplary leader in his field who has great vision, not just for architecture, but with a humanistic vision of how people can thrive in more livable, sustainable and vibrant communities.”
The commencement ceremony was held in the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center. Associate Professor Patty Wharton-Michael, PhD, led the procession as Grand Marshall. She was joined by Faculty Marshalls Dr. Paul Lucas, Dr. John McGrath, Dr. Elizabeth Katrancha and Dr. Andrew Rose.
Mr. Hoffman's speech to the Class of 2016 dealt with his "Journey Cheat Sheet," which included personal stories and his advice regarding habits and secrets to success.
“Your entire life purpose is changing right now. The biggest change in your life is happening," he told the graduates and the audience. “Learning does not stop today. It just changes. It changes from structured education to doing, so position yourself where you can absorb everything possible.
"Find mentors. Stay curious. This is the preparation stage for the rest of your journey.”
He formed PN Hoffman in 1993 with a single townhouse conversion, and has built the company into a market leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Mr. Hoffman actively leads the company’s business development and market strategy as well as the design initiatives for every PN Hoffman project.
PN Hoffman is known for its sterling record of successful projects, careful planning and working with communities, thoughtful design and architecture, and quality construction. The results revitalize neighborhoods and bring new life to communities. PN Hoffman has been recognized locally and nationally with numerous trade association and community impact awards.
The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success.