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 Lutheran liberal arts, sciences and professional studies institution located on a 135-acre campus in Greenville, Pa. 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 1,000 students across more than 60 majors and minors in 19 discipline areas that inspire, challenge and prepare students to succeed.