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College Graduations Announced For Township Residents

  • Wilkes University student Andrea Circelli of Somerset has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. In order to be named to Dean’s List, a student must earn a 3.4 grade-point average.
  • Marisol Morris of Somerset excelled during the Spring 2017 semester at Hofstra University, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Dean’s List.
  • Susanta Routray of Somerset has earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Routray was among approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 253rd Commencement exercises on May 5-6, 2017, at the McCamish Pavilion.
  • Somerset residents were among more than 1,600 students who were named to The University of Scranton’s Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester. The Dean’s List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean’s List. The students are: Michael P. Diana, a freshman psychology major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences; Christa Howarth of Somerset, a senior theology and religious studies major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences; Lauren Kwock, a senior biology major in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Tiffany J. Smith, a junior marketing major in the University’s Kania School of Management.
  • Vitas Hrynkiewicz of Somerset has been named to the President’s List for Spring Semester 2017 at Youngstown State University. Hrynkiewicz is a Pre Business Finance major at YSU. To qualify for the President’s List, students must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
  • University of the Sciences recognized graduates as part of the University’s 196th Commencement celebration in Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Hirvi Dalal of Somerset graduated with a BS in pharmaceutical and healthcare business degree; Namarta Kalia of Franklin Park graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree; Dhara Patel of Somerset graduated cum laude with a BS in health science in exercise science and wellness management degree; Pooja Patel of Somerset graduated magna cum laude with a doctor of occupational therapy degree. She was a member of Alpha Eta Society, National Scholastic Honor Society for the Allied Health Professionals, and Pi Theta Epsilon, National Honor Society for Occupational Therapists. She received the Irene M. Mock Memorial Commencement Award given by the Friends of USciences to a graduate who exhibits school spirit, positive professional demeanor, and service to the community, and Vibu Udayaraj of Somerset graduated with a BS in health science degree.
  • Christa Howarth of Somerset was among the 18 graduates of The University of Scranton who have committed to long-term service projects with nonprofit organizations and underserved populations throughout the country and internationally. Their service begins this summer and includes programs run by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Howarth will serve with Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Catholic Charities, Boise, Idaho.
  • Cristen Bailey of Franklin Park graduated from the University of Hartford on Sunday, May 21. Bailey, a psychology major, received a Bachelor of Arts from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Christa Marie Friend Howarth of Somerset is among the 37 members of The University of Scranton’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA) class of 2017. Students in SJLA pursue a rigorous education designed to develop enhanced writing, oral and critical-thinking skills through specially designed courses in philosophy, theology and literature. Howarth majored in theology and religious studiesand philosophy at Scranton.
  • Lehigh University congratulates the following students for being named to the Dean’s List in Spring 2017. This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses: Michael Maguire and Danielle Williams, both of Franklin Park.
  • University of the Sciences held a bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017, to recognize graduates who received a bachelor’s degree during the 2016-17 academic year. Brinoy Patel of Franklin Park graduated with a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical and healthcare studies and continues on in the doctor of pharmacy program, and Anokhi Shah of Somerset graduated with a bachelor of science in pharmaceutical and healthcare studies and continues on in the doctor of pharmacy program.
  • Megan Smiley of Somerset was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Smiley was initiated at Salisbury University. Smiley is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
  • Mary Clare Sobon of Somerset was awarded a master’s degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta during the week of May 8, 2017.
  • Wilkes University awarded 782 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its 70th spring commencement ceremonies on May 20. Andrea Circelli of Somerset received a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education. She received the Outstanding Middle Level Teacher Education Student at the Wilkes University Annual Awards Ceremony.
  • On Saturday, May 13, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, over 1,000 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 149th commencement ceremony. Meghana Prakash of Somerset was awarded a bachelor of science degree in actuarial mathematics.
  • Among the 464 candidates for graduation at the Becker College Commencement ceremony on May 6, 2017, 13 students had the distinction of earning more than one degree, including Joshua Taylor of Somerset. Taylor earned an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science.
  • Derek Siegel, a resident of Somerset, has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester. Siegel is majoring in Media Arts Production. The requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.
  • Wheaton College student Aaron Policastro of Franklin Park performed in the spring 2017 Symphony Orchestra Concert. Policastro played double bass.
  • David Gray of Somerset has been selected as a UAlbany Resident Assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Resident Assistants play a vital role on the UAlbany campus. Not only do they promote safety within the residence halls, but are also responsive to students’ needs and assist in their growth as individuals and members of the residence community.
  • The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society: Tara Siesputowski of Somerset was initiated at The College of New Jersey.
  • Cory Goshkagarian of Somerset graduated from Hofstra University in December 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.

 

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