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Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by The Press in

Degrees are announced

Kutztown University

Kutztown University has conferred degrees on more than 1,225 students during the winter and spring semesters. Commencement exercises are held in May and December; however, students finish the requirements for graduation throughout the entire year.

The cumulative GPA necessary for honor distinction is with honor (cum laude) 3.4, with high honor (magna cum laude) 3.6 and with highest honor (summa cum laude) 3.8.

The following students have been awarded degrees.

Bath: Christian Brey Carreras, Master of Science in computer science; Eric Coberly, Bachelor of Science in biology/molecular/micro/cell; Kathryn Roe, Bachelor of Science in psychology

Catasauqua: Jessica A. Croll, Master of Education in student affairs; Jessica Kathryne Fosburg, Bachelor of Science in art education, cum laude; Tabitha Blake Martinez, Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, summa cum laude

Coplay: Michael Joseph Colarusso, Bachelor of Science in psychology/industrial-organizational, summa cum laude; Nicole Anne Fetchko, Bachelor of Science in sport management, summa cum laude; Allison Gillette, Bachelor of Science in psychology; Grace H. Hajjar, Master of Education in secondary education

Danielsville: Susan Lynn Cooper, Bachelor of Arts in communication studies

Northampton: Chrissy Nicole Dearden, Master of Social Work in social work; Andrew Alan Hannis, Bachelor of Science in biochemistry; Jessica Lee Hendricks, Bachelor of Science in biology/molecular/micro/cell; Shea Patrick Killeen, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice; Tyler W. Nicholas, Bachelor of Arts in sociology; Eric William Sharpe, Bachelor of Arts in political science; Nicole Ann Teklits, Bachelor of Science in sport management

Walnutport: Julian Alexander Santos, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in management

Whitehall: Jonathan Phillip Araujo, Bachelor of Science in information technology; James Allen Baynard, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in management; Kyle Francis Durfey, Master of Business Administration in business administration; Logan L. Helfrich, Bachelor of Science in elementary education, summa cum laude; Caitlin Marie Jordan, Master of Arts in marriage, couples and family counseling; Gabrielle Emilia Rappaport, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in marketing; Khadija Salim, Master of Arts in clinical and mental health counseling; Michael Saraceni, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in management, cum laude; Edward James Scorzafava, Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-med & health; Victoria Rene Smith, Bachelor of Science in biology/molecular/micro/cell; Tiffany A. Visgaitis, Bachelor of Science in physics/astronomy, magna cum laude; Sean Wagner, Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in marketing; Kaitlyn Marie Weber, Master of Social Work in social work

Founded in 1866, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is a proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education located on 289 acres nestled in the beautiful East Penn Valley in Berks County, between Reading and Allentown. As the region’s center for excellence in academics, culture and public engagement, KU’s programs and reputation for quality offer students the opportunity to discover lifelong avenues of learning and discovery. KU students select from more than 100 areas of study within four colleges in a diverse liberal arts academic environment.

To complement their studies, KU’s NCAA Division II athletics program with 21 varsity sports joins the more than 160 student clubs and organizations providing students with a variety of activities for learning and discovery.

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Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Rochester Institute of Technology’s dean’s list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.4, they do not have any failing grades, and they have completed at least 12 credit hours. The following students have made the dean’s list at the university for the spring 2018 semester.

Bath: Evan Putnam, computer science program

Coplay: Jacob Anchorstar, mechanical engineering program

Danielsville: Ryan Hartzell, imaging science program

Northampton: Alex Kratzer, chemistry program

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

Alvernia University

Baccalaureate Mass and commencement ceremonies were held May 12 for the Alvernia University Class of 2018.

Northampton: Roberta Jean Ehritz, Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral health with a minor in psychology; Michael James Kokolus, Master of Science degree in occupational therapy

Whitehall: Lauren Hart, Bachelor of Science degree in health care science

Alvernia University is a distinctive Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service.

University of Rhode Island

Aubrie Eaton, of Walnutport, graduated from the University of Rhode Island during its 132nd commencement, held May 19-20. Eaton received a Doctor of Pharmacy, cum laude, graduating with a GPA of at least 3.3. About 3,300 undergraduate and 750 graduate students became the university’s newest alumni.

The University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the university’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2018, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 750 graduate degrees were awarded. The university now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.

Loyola University Maryland

Kelly Lukowski, of Bath, has been named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland. Lukowski is a member of the Class of 2021.

In order to qualify for the dean’s list at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum quality-point average of at least 3.5 for the term, provided that, in the term, they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.

Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, home to the university’s arts and sciences programs; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the school of education. Loyola enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students from across the country.

Quinnipiac University

Students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester at Quinnipiac University. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than “C.” Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter-grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.

Coplay: Morgan Sherwin

Whitehall: Marie Barna-Rogers

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time 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 consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 381 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, visit

Alvernia University

Alvernia University has announced the students who earned dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. The following students earned the status as freshman.

Coplay: Logan McGinley, studying psychology, is a graduate of Whitehall High School.

Danielsville: Morgan Mondschein, studying nursing, is a graduate of Northampton Area High School.

Whitehall: Andrea Potylycki, studying mathematics, is a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School.

Alvernia University is a distinctive Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service. Alvernia empowers students to become “ethical leaders with moral courage.” Through real-world learning and the challenging guidance of faculty mentors, they discover their passion for life and turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment.

University of Findlay

Kenley Rogers, of Bath, was named to the spring 2018 dean’s list at the University of Findlay. To earn this achievement, a student must attain a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Located in Findlay, Ohio, the University of Findlay is known not only for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs, but also for cultivating the next generation of business leaders, educators and innovative thinkers through a dedication to experiential learning, both in and outside of the classroom. Established in 1882 through a joint partnership between the Churches of God, General Counsel and the City of Findlay, the University of Findlay has nearly 60 majors leading to baccalaureate degrees and offers 11 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degrees. More than 3,800 students are enrolled and the University is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.