There were no pale blue gowns, caps or tassels to turn.

But the Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 graduated after completing its 10-month program learning about Wayne County during a ceremony at the Hotel Wayne Monday.



There were no pale blue gowns, caps or tassels to turn.
But the Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 graduated after completing its 10-month program learning about Wayne County during a ceremony at the Hotel Wayne Monday.

“This is your commencement speech,” joked Warren Schloesser, the program’s director, before class members and dignitaries from around the county who participated in the program.

For 10 months, participants attended sessions on Wayne County that dealt with local and county government, law enforcement and criminal justice, health care, community and human services, education, arts and culture, economic development and environment, recreation and tourism. There were also sessions devoted to leadership and an overview of Wayne County.

“I’m always comforted to see these classes face the challenges of Wayne County’s future,” said Lew Critelli, the chamber’s immediate past president.

The class included: Tiffany Bennett of Pennstar Bank; D. Jean Birmelin of The Dime Bank; Gerard Burns Jr. of the Wayne Highlands School District; Donna Burrowes of the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office; Tanya Carrelle of the Western Wayne School District; Dino Ciliberti of The Wayne Independent; Steve Clark of Aqua Pennsylvania; Christine Elliott of A.M. Skier Agency; Brian Fulp of The Himalayan Institute; David Good of M3 Internet Marketing;

The invocation was offered by Mary Beth Wood, executive director of WEDCO.
Graduation plaques were handed out by chamber president Laurie Alabovitz and Donna LeBar, the chamber’s executive director.