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Stevensonian Spotlight: Howard DeLong

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

Written by: Brad Adams, Graphic Communications & Print Instructor

As an instructor at Thaddeus Stevens, we have many outstanding students pass through our door who attend our program to better their future and try to develop into professional, tax paying adults. This year I noticed a nontraditional student the first day of class who appeared to be about my age. As the days progressed through the beginning of the semester, I gradually started talking to him,  without mentioning anything about his age, about his past and his current goals with coming back to college later in life.

One day in a class I overheard a discussion he was having with a fellow classmate and he mentioned he was in the service. As most  proud American citizens would, I wondered what his experience was in the service; was he in any action, what branch of service, and possibly how long. I approached Howard Delong and started  asking questions about his service and was shocked to learn his  past and what he was presently doing as he attended Stevens as a full time student. Mind you, this was 6 to 7 weeks into the semester and he was performing at a top level, never late for class, always respectable, and always there for other students if they needed any help or advice.

This is what I learned about Howard; he is a retired U.S. Army Master Sargent with 24 years of service! He is also a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Bright Star in Egypt. That in itself was beyond admirable. He then continued to add that he was working full time, 40 hours a week at Top Flight Printing Company while maintaining a full load of classes! He said the Veterans Administration is paying for his education to help
better himself in the industry. I literally didn’t know what to say when he told me this. I felt so insignifi cant standing next to him with what he has done for his country and what he was tryingto accomplish at the present time.

What I really admired was how he never made any mention of his accomplishments and never complained about his present schedule and all the time constraints he must be dealing with.

The reason I felt it necessary to bring this out to the Stevens family is for us to all sit back when we think we have it tough and think of what Howard is going through to advance himself, to better his future; and what he has done for our rights as American citizens. I also feel it to be important for our students and others to hear his story for those times when they feel they have a little too much on their plate.

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2016 Commencement Photo Gallery




Stevens 105th Commencement Ceremony Set For May 14

Lancaster, PA – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will hold its 105th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14, 2016 beginning at 1:00 PM in the Multipurpose Activity Center on campus. The college is honored to welcome Dr. Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of College Ready for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the keynote speaker for the nearly 340 students graduating from the college.

Details regarding the event include:

Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm;

Location: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; 750 East King Street, Lancaster, PA.

In addition to Dr. Irvin Scott, as the keynote speaker, the College will award three Honorary Doctorate Degrees and two Distinguished Service Awards. Mr. Thomas T. Baldrige, Ms. Carol Rae Culliton and Mr. Robert M. Krasne will be the 2016 Honorary Doctorate recipients. Mr. Paul Solis and Mr. Matthew M. Sullivan will receive the Distinguished Service Award.


More details will be released as they are made available.


Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a premier residential, two-year, fully accredited technical college that provides a free education to qualifying financially disadvantaged citizens of Pennsylvania as well as serving tuition paying students.  Stevens has expanded from its original student body of 15 to almost 1,000 students who are enrolled in 21 high-skill, high-wage technical programs. The majority of the College’s graduates have remained in the Commonwealth since it’s founding in 1905. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is Pennsylvania's only state-owned, two-year college of technology.

For four consecutive times, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has been recognized by the Aspen Institute, an independent research panel, as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the country. Thaddeus Stevens College was one of three colleges in Pennsylvania recognized by the Aspen Institute. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has also been recognized by PA-ACT Council as the Pennsylvania Community College Exemplar for 2015. This honor designates Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as the top two-year college in Pennsylvania.

This event is open to the media. College issued media credentials will be required to enter the building.  In order to obtain credentials, please send the name of the reporter/photographer/videographer attending.  Pass will be mailed or available for pick up the day of the event.

In order to obtain a pass, please contact Scott Noden using the information below. Once again please note, no media will be permitted without proper media credentials.


For more information, please contact:
Scott Noden @ Phone:  717.669-4920 or Email:

2016 Academic Awards Banquet