2017 College Graduations

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Marissa Manley, who graduated from East Stroudsburg University with dean’s list status and magna cum laude honors, with a degree in special education and early childhood education.

The following Verona residents were graduated from college this spring:

Caldwell University: Olivia Lewis graduated on May 21 along with over 300 undergraduates, the largest undergraduate class in the school’s history. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in health science and a bachelor of arts in psychology. Lewis, who is a member of Beta Beta Beta, the biological honor society; Psi Chi, the international psychology honor society; Sigma Alpha Pi leadership society; Delta Epsilon Sigma scholastic honor society; and Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, will continue her studies at Seton Hall University, pursuing a master of science in athletic training.

Clarkson University: Michael Patrick King received a bachelor of science degree with distinction in mechanical engineering, and aeronautical engineering on May 13.

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East Stroudsburg University: Marissa Manley graduated on May 6 with dean’s list status and magna cum laude honors with a degree in special education and early childhood education.

Fashion Institute of Technology: Laura Hart graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in fashion business management with a specialization in product development on May 25 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Olivia Lewis graduated cum laude from Caldwell University with a bachelor of science in health science and a bachelor of arts in psychology.

Georgia Institute of Technology: Phillip Vetrano has earned a bachelor of science in industrial engineering. Vetrano was among approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 253rd commencement exercises on May 5 and 6.

Greensboro College: Melanie Alayne Smith graduated on May 13 with a B.A. in history and sociology.

Lehigh University: Torsten Kolind received a bachelor of science in comp sci and business and Yazata Bhote received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in economics with highest honors during commencement ceremonies on May 22. Lehigh conferred 1,071 bachelor’s degrees, 360 master’s degrees and 49 doctoral degrees. Of the nearly 1,500 graduates, degree recipients came from 41 states and 38 countries, majoring in 94 different disciplines.

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Loyola University Maryland: Jessica Schnurr received a BA degree in writing and Marco DiGrado received a BBA degree in business administration at its commencement exercises held on Saturday, May 20.

St. Lawrence University: Elena C. Pelse received a degree of bachelor of arts during commencement ceremonies held on May 21 in Canton, N.Y. She majored in environmental studies.

University of New Hampshire: Morgan Plessner graduated cum laude during the commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 20 on the Durham, N.H. campus. She earned a BA degree in English.

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University of Rhode Island: Alexander Gerard DellaValle received a bachelor of arts in communication studies, John Charles Conboy received a BA in writing and rhetoric and Cassidy Ann McKeen received a bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics at the 131st commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21.

University of the Sciences: Nicole Farbaniec graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in health science and was recognized at a bachelor’s degree conferment ceremony on Friday, May 19. Farbaniec continues on in the doctor of occupational therapy program. She is 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.

University of Scranton: Patrick J. Malanga, Jillienne R. Cumming, and Kristin A. Visentin were among the more than 800 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its undergraduate commencement on May 28 in Wilkes-Barre. Malanga earned a bachelor of arts degree in history, Cumming earned a bachelor of science degree in counseling and human services, and Visentin earned a bachelor of science in nursing. She was also among The University of Scranton students inducted into the international honor society of nursing (Sigma Theta Tau).

University of Vermont: Olivia Pena graduated with a bachelor of science degree in food systems during commencement ceremonies on May 21. The university conferred degrees this year on an estimated 3,228 graduates, including 2,620 bachelor’s, 386 master’s,106 doctoral and 116 medical degree recipients.

Wesleyan University: On May 28, James Kellner graduated with a BA degree in Economics.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Jenna O’Connell was awarded a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with high distinction on Saturday, May 13 during the university’s 149th commencement ceremony.

If you have a 2017 college graduate who should be added to this list, email details to [email protected]

Olivia Pena was among the throng at the University of Vermont, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in food systems.

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