2018 Student Commencement Speakers

2018 Student Commencement Speakers

Kimberly Jeanne Stoltzfus MBA’18
Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Millersville University and is a certified public accountant in the state of Pennsylvania. She has held various accounting-related positions and presently is employed as director of finance and information technology at National Novelty Brush Company. She has earned her master’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College.

Kimberly’s speech was based on a quote by Richard Branson: “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity to do something and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes. Then learn how to do it later.”

Kimberly was not going to let fear stop her from doing something she wanted to do. She mentioned the many stories that she and each of the graduates has to tell and the chapter in each of their books that they share in choosing to further their education. She also spoke about sacrifice where spending time with friends and family, events and vacations were put on hold. But, she says, the sacrifice is what makes everything worth it. 

The speech concludes with Kimberly saying, “As our shared chapter comes to an end, I would like to quote Henry David Thoreau. Continue to ‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’”

“And, as you continue to write your book of life, may the future chapters be filled with additional successes and achievements, as those that we recognize today.”


Michelle Christine Hackman ‘18
Michelle is a two-time Newcombe Scholarship recipient and a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. For the last seven years, she has been employed by the Donegal School District where she is the district’s registrar and instructional services secretary. Prior to that, she was a deputy sheriff for Lancaster County for three years. Michelle has earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in criminal justice from Elizabethtown College.

Michelle graduated from high school and entered college as a traditional student, but she realized that she needed to discontinue college to go to work so that she could provide for her young son. As years passed, she felt that obtaining the coveted degree might be out of reach as it was getting harder and harder to imagine how she might fit it into her schedule. Then she found Elizabethtown College.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Michelle was determined not to let the fear of failure keep her from taking the leap. Elizabethtown College has been instrumental in building a sense of confidence and ability, confirming that it was the right decision to go back to school.  

“There have been highs, and lows and funny moments,” she shares. “Including the time I was trying to complete an assignment while watching my oldest son play in a New Era Tournament baseball game at the Barnstormers stadium. As the cameraman scanned the audience, he couldn’t help but focus in on the one mom who had her head buried in a computer with a textbook on the seat beside her.”