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Over 760 students received degrees at York College of Pennsylvania’s commencement exercises May 14.

Catasauqua: Patrick Burker, bachelor of science degree in criminal justice; Austin Calaman, bachelor of science degree in criminal justice; Kate Lutte, bachelor of science degree in biology

A private college located in south central Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,600 undergraduate students. The college also offers master’s programs in business, education and nursing and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The college provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals, so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers, ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.



Zachary Merkle, of Coplay, has been named to the spring 2016 dean’s list at Mansfield University. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must attend the university full time and attain at least a 3.5 quality-point average for the semester.

Mansfield University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. For more information, visit




Megan L. Berner, of Whitehall, joined 368 graduating seniors, 70 master’s degree candidates and 37 doctor of physical therapy candidates in the May 14 commencement in the Sorrentino gymnasium. Berner, a graduate of Whitehall High School, received a bachelor of science in actuarial science.

Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, welcomes 1,573 full-time undergraduates studying more than 30 challenging and sophisticated majors as well as customized self-designed majors. Founded in 1866, LVC has graduate programs in athletic training, physical therapy, business, music education and science education. Learn more at



Millersville University of Pennsylvania announces its 1,047 graduates. An undergraduate commencement ceremony was held May 7 at Millerville’s Biemesderfer Stadium.

Whitehall: Kelsey Bundra, bachelor of arts in international studies; Julie Roth, bachelor of science in biology

Millersville University of Pennsylvania is a top-ranked, public university located in the northeast region of the United States. Founded in 1855 as the first Normal School in Pennsylvania, Millersville University is one of 14 universities within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. It is committed to offering students a high quality, comprehensive university experience of exceptional value. Dedicated to providing nationally recognized programs that embrace the liberal arts, Millersville offers academic opportunities that are supported by outstanding faculty who are accomplished scholars and practitioners.



Matthew Bonshak, of Whitehall, was among the students who received the Contribution to Student Life Award for the 2016 spring semester at the Student Life Leadership Awards Ceremony, held in May at Lehigh University. This award recognizes students who have significantly contributed to improving of the quality of student life during their time at Lehigh. Criteria includes good academic standing and specific contributions to student life through involvement in campus activities, academic initiatives, student governance, community service, leadership and their pursuits to support and empower their peers.

For 150 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education, and P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.



Jason George Dearing, of Whitehall, was one of four undergraduates honored during Alfred University’s commencement May 14 for high academic achievement. Top honor students are seated on stage throughout the ceremony. The highest ranked graduating student in each undergraduate college or school is selected by the registrar based on a minimum of 60 GPA hours. Dearing also was congratulated for his accomplishment by Angie To, associate professor in the Foundations Program, School of Art and Design. Dearing is a son of Glenn and Laura Dearing and a graduate of Union Endicott High School.

Founded in 1836, Alfred University became the first coeducational institution in New York State and the second in the nation. Some 1,800 full-time undergraduate and nearly 300 graduate students from 31 states and 20 countries attend full time on the Alfred campus. Four-hundred graduate students work and live in 52 buildings on a scenic 232-acre hillside campus adjoining the village of Alfred. The university is comprised of the privately-endowed College of Professional Studies, housing the School of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the state-sponsored College of Ceramics housing the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art and Design. Bachelor’s-, master’s-, and doctoral degrees are awarded.

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Penn State Lehigh Valley congratulated students who received academic awards at a ceremony April 27. Academic award recipients, scholarship winners and university scholars were recognized for their achievements at the event. Michael Krajsa, instructor in business at Penn State Lehigh Valley and recipient of the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, was the keynote speaker.

Bath: Corinne Boyce, Outstanding Student in Psychology Award, presented to a junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in the major; Dillion Treon, Outstanding Marketing/Management Award, presented to a senior in the marketing management option who has demonstrated outstanding achievement

Northampton: Mehakdeep Wahla, highest cumulative average by college (3.5 or higher), agricultural sciences

Whitehall: Justin Sommer, highest cumulative average by college (3.5 or higher), information science and technology

Penn State Lehigh Valley provides a world-class education in a small campus setting that integrates innovative teaching, research and community outreach. With its convenient location in Center Valley, traditional students and adult learners can choose from many options including eight bachelor’s programs, which can be completed at the campus, as well as access to 160 academic programs offered by Penn State University. In addition, students and community members who have a scalable business idea are invited to participate in professional development offered by Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, a business accelerator for early stage entrepreneurs. The campus’s diverse Continuing Education and Outreach programs offer opportunities for professional development, business training and youth programming. For more information, visit



Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has recently released its list of students named to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year. To qualify for dean’s list, a student must earn a quality-point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.

Bath: Cory Matthew Croll, Roslyn Rebekah Pulcini, Madison Olivia Venzke

Catasauqua: Jacob Bloszinsky, Colleen Megan Hickey, Tyler Frank Meckes, Zachary Stopay, Jacob Lee Stopay, Christopher Creyer

Coplay: Allison Marie Coe, Nicholas Joseph Heberling, Abbygail Sue Hill, Luke Michael Millan, Megan Marie Petrisko

Danielsville: Wade Alexander Cooper, Krysta Lynn Moyer, Riorden Dasan Weber

Northampton: Rachel Kelly Hudock, Connor Matthew Keck, Alexandra Marie Kovacs, Julia Theresa Pany, Brian Matthew Wittreich, Alexandra Mia Ziegler

Walnutport: Michael J. Gable, Nathan Dennis Michael, Salvatore Timothy Nardini

Whitehall: Kelsey Nicole Bowman, Edgar David Garcia, Brooke Jean Gilson, Rachel Harry, Nathan Thomas Hoenl, Marina Francesca Lobaido, Abigail Catrice Nguyen, Jacob Andrew Pesarcik, Ariana Nicole Saab, Tucker Richard Stettler, Courtney Brooke Zeppenfelt

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of education, business, liberal arts, and science and technology.



Alexandra Phillips, of Whitehall, has been named to the spring 2016 president’s list at Mans-field University. To be named to the president’s list, a student must attend the university full time and attain at least a 4.0 quality-point average for the semester.

Mansfield University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. For more information, visit