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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.

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Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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