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Wilkes University

Dean’s list is announced

Wilkes University interim Provost Terese Wignot announced the dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester. To be named to the dean’s list, students must obtain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and carry at least 12 credits.

Bath: Courtney Corona, Domenica Lerch, Melody Mayer, Katherine Ecker

Catasauqua: Sarah Covert, Rose Dietrich, Steven Ritter

Danielsville: Logan Biechy, Camryn Devitt

Northampton: Carissa Kern, Jaycee Young, Jennah Best, Elena Kreger

Walnutport: Zachary Gula

Whitehall: Junior Alvarado Rosario, Emily Yenser

Wilkes University is a private, independent, nonsectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Brookings Institution ranked Wilkes 14th in the nation for middle-class mobility. In addition to 45 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy and master of fine arts in creative writing.

Oregon State University

Degrees awarded

More than 7,000 students representing all 36 of Oregon’s counties, all 50 states and 73 countries have earned degrees as part of Oregon State University’s Class of 2021. The graduates were celebrated with an in-person, informal processional of graduates through the Corvallis campus to Reser Stadium, followed by brief remarks from OSU leaders June 11. Oregon State University President Emeritus Edward J. Ray gave the commencement address during a June 12 virtual ceremony.

This year’s class includes a record 7,391 graduating students receiving 7,690 degrees, with 271 students receiving two degrees and four who will receive three degrees. They will add to the ranks of Oregon State alumni, which have earned 272,504 degrees over the university’s history. The graduating class includes 1,390 who are the first in their family to earn a college degree; 4,226 Oregon residents; 3,164 nonresident students; and 983 students from other countries. With this graduating class, Oregon State will now have more than 205,000 alumni living and working in all 50 states and more than 125 countries.

Bath: Mikala A. Kowal, Master of Public Health in public health

Northampton: Chad J. Fenon, Bachelor of Science in renewable materials; Morgan J. Heffelfinger, Bachelor of Science in digital communication arts; Nathan Heffelfinger, Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering

Moravian College

Students named to dean’s honor list

Moravian College named 794 students to the dean’s honor list for the spring 2021 semester. Students who carry three or more course units during the fall or spring term and attain a GPA for the term of 3.5 or higher are placed on the dean’s honor list.

Bath: Alex Cabanela, Gabrielle Demchak, Jacob Kanyuk, Olivia Lucas, Christian Pinnock, Claire Smith

Bethlehem: Micaela Lothian

Catasauqua: Rodney Berger, Dylan Fodor, Allyson Kovach, Lyliaris Montalvo, Jacob Smith

Cherryville: Emma Angle, Mary Angle

Coplay: Jackson Buskirk, Alix Buskirk, Lara Ormiston, Jennifer Pinto

Danielsville: Aubrey Bealer, Ethan Deater, Anthony Disipio, Miranda Shattah

Northampton: Jesika DeDonato, Alexandra Farkas, Ashley Gallagher, Jordan Geroulo, Andrew Hozza, Alexa Hromyak, Kennedy Jamicky, Nikolas Kovacs, Rylee O’Donnell, Naomi Rieth, Amal Shokr

Walnutport: Lauren Dorney, Morgan Fehnel, Joshua Fritchman, Ashley Hildebrand, Nathan Keller, Payce Korpics

Whitehall: Morgan Anderson, Brianna Avila, Jessica Azar, Geneva Baumann, Julie Dinh, Gabby Ghasb, Michael Ghasb, Lauryn Guerra, Raquel Hadeed, Celina Jarrah, Hunter Kern, Lauren Kubic, Richard Melosky, Jessica Mickno, Chamairy Minaya Garcia, Elaine Ramirez-Jimenez, Seth Rappaport, Samuel Rappaport, Brandon Sokalsky, Emily Wells, Madeline Wickel, Evan Yandrisovitz, Chanel Younes, Joshua Youwakim

Moravian College is the nation’s sixth-oldest college, located in Bethlehem, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers and transformative leadership in a world of change.

Moravian College is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to midsize independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College focus on education for all prepares its students for lifelong success.

Bucknell University

Alphonse graduates

Bucknell University presented degrees to more than 800 graduates at commencement May 23, among them Aldo Alphonse, of Whitehall, who earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in finance. The university’s 171st commencement took place across three ceremonies spread throughout the day in Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, allowing for proper social distancing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Each ceremony honored graduates from Bucknell’s three colleges, with arts and sciences graduates at the first two ceremonies and engineering, Freeman College of Management and master’s students recognized at the third. Dispersed seating on the football field was arranged for the graduates, as well as physically distanced pod seating for family and friends in the stands.

Located in Lewisburg, Bucknell University is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management and social and natural sciences, along with broad opportunities outside of class, to its 3,600 undergraduates. Graduate programs are available in select disciplines. Students benefit from a small student-faculty ratio of 9:1, personal attention from faculty, leadership opportunities and excellent graduation rates and career outcomes.

Quinnipiac University

Sherwin earns degree

Morgan Sherwin, of Coplay, received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Quinnipiac University during a commencement ceremony held in May.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 9,715 students in 110 degree programs through its schools of business, communications, education, engineering, health sciences, law, medicine, nursing and the college of arts and sciences. Quinnipiac is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review’s “The Best 386 Colleges.”

Widener University

Dean’s list is announced

Widener University has announced students who achieved dean’s list recognition for spring 2021. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earned a GPA of 3.50 and above for the semester.

Coplay: Zachary Billie, civil engineering

Northampton: Madison Cobb, chemical engineering; Mikayla Siegfried, biology; Tierra Brandon, nursing

Walnutport: Francesca Boschi, nursing

Whitehall: Claudia Rehnert, nursing; Jacob Paashaus, mechanical engineering

Widener University is a private institution known for its commitment to the personal and professional success of every student, where academic experiences are distinguished by excellence and students develop the leadership qualities employers seek. Core values of respect, integrity and excellence are reflected in an outstanding student experience provided through an agile, innovative and inclusive approach to learning. Industry-shaping faculty provide close, personal mentorship and share powerful connections that help students build professional networks. Recognized as one of the Philadelphia region’s leading universities, Widener offers programs and experiences that empower our community of learners to discover and create better futures as scholars, leaders and globally engaged citizens.

University of Rhode Island

Wagner named to dean’s list

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that Paighton Wagner, of Bath, has been named to the spring 2021 dean’s list. More than 7,000 students were named to the spring 2021 dean’s list, representing nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey and many other states and countries.

To be included on the dean’s list, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades, which are GPA applicable, during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality-point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades, which are GPA applicable, earning at least a 3.30 QPA.

Founded in 1892, the University of Rhode Island is the principal public flagship research and graduate institution in Rhode Island. Competitive and highly regarded, its 14,300 undergraduate students and more than 2,700 graduate students represent 48 states and 76 countries across the globe. With 203 academic programs, URI offers its undergraduate, graduate and professional students distinctive educational opportunities designed to meet the global challenges of today’s world and the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. At URI, you will find some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers and creative problem solvers.

Lock Haven University

Dean’s list is announced

The dean’s list honor at Lock Haven University recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.50 or higher in at least 12 semester hours of academic work, subject to letter grade evaluation, during the spring 2021 semester. To receive this honor, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher in at least 12 semester hours of course work in the spring 2021 semester. More than 800 students were named. The following local students made the list.

Bath: Anna Filchner, majoring in biology

Northampton: Victoria Bensinger, majoring in health sciences; Gabrielle Gallo, majoring in health sciences; McKayla Strohl, majoring in health sciences; Hailey Traupman, majoring in social work

Whitehall: Kevin Vuong, majoring in criminal justice

Lock Haven University is a small, public university located on the west branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. LHU’s experience-based approach to learning prepares students for a lifetime of success. The university features outstanding academic programs taught by experienced faculty. Since 1870, the Haven has provided an unbeatable combination of quality, affordability and value to the region, the commonwealth and beyond. LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.

University of the Sciences

Brand graduates

Emily Brand, of Whitehall, was among the graduates recognized during University of the Sciences’ 200th commencement celebration, a virtual event, held May 26.

Brand graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She is a member of the women’s cross-country and track and field teams, as well as Alpha Lambda Delta, national honor society of first-year students, and Rho Chi, national honor society of pharmacy.

University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the health care and science fields for nearly 200 years. Key to its distinctive education is a tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning that is evident in every graduate who has walked its campus. Since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences and health care business and policy fields.

Lehigh University

Dean’s list is announced

Students at Lehigh University attained dean’s list in the spring 2021 semester. 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.

Bath: Christopher Amaral, Jacob Flood

Catasauqua: Katherine Verenna

Coplay: Giorgos Hiotis

Northampton: Chase Clapp, Emily Wegrzyn

Walnutport: Kevin Laudano

Whitehall: Olivia Wood, David Khayata, Jouny Zedan, Daniel Lindenmuth, Andy Chung, Martin Labib, Joseph Hana, Meriam Deeb, Joelle Chehade, Natalia Montero

For more than 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 five colleges – college of arts and sciences, college of business, college of education, college of health and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science – provides opportunities to 7,000-plus students to discover and grow in an academically rigorous environment along with a supportive, engaged campus community.

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