Pair honored for Valedictorian, Salutatorian achievements at Thiel College’s 140th Commencement

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announced Kimberly Ault and Jacqulyn Laura-Ann Buentello as its top two graduates among its class of 185 graduates recently during the 140th annual Commencement exercises.

Ault, of Williamsport, Pa., earned valedictorian honors graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She was an accounting and business administration major who graduated summa cum laude. She was a member of the Equestrian Club, W.I.N.G – Women Inspiring the Next Generation, Circle K, Les Lauriers, Outdoorsmen’s Club and Shooting Club.

Buentello, of Decatur, Mich., graduated summa cum laude with a 3.97 grade point average and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education/special education. She was awarded the Dean’s Key for being on the Dean’s List all eight semesters at Thiel.

Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.8 - 4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.60-3.79; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.4-3.59.

About Thiel College

Founded in 1866, Thiel College is an independent liberal arts, sciences and professional studies institution located on a 135-acre campus in Greenville, Pa. just 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Erie. Committed to combining the best of the liberal arts tradition with career and life skills, the Thiel College faculty offers a high quality undergraduate education to more than 1,100 students across more than 60 majors and minors in 19 discipline areas that inspire, challenge and prepare students to succeed.