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Six valedictorians and a salutatorian recognized during 141st Commencement

 

Six valedictorians and a salutatorian recognized during 141st Commencement

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Seven members of the Thiel College Class of 2015 earned valedictorian and salutatorian honors at the 141st Commencement, which was held on May 3 in the College‚Äôs William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

Six students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages—Alexis Lynne Bump, of Meadville, Pa.; Kayla Nicole Hibbard, of Greenville, Pa.; Danielle Renee Massengill, of North Bend, Wash.; Steven Morgan, of Raritan, N.J.; Shayla Elizabeth Percy, of Lyndora, Pa. and Sara Dan’el Toombs, of Oil City, Pa.—earned valedictorian honors and one student—Erika Jean Leonhard, of Kinsman, Ohio—was named salutatorian. The seven students all graduated summa cum laude.

  • Bump graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in psychology and sociology. She earned May student of the month recognition, departmental honors and the Dean’s Key. 
  • Hibbard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in early childhood education/special education. She earned October student of the month recognition, departmental honors and the Dean’s Key.
  • Massengill graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in criminal justice studies, psychology and sociology. She earned May student of the month recognition, departmental honors and the Dean’s Key.
  • Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in business administration and political science. He earned November student of the month recognition, departmental honors and the Dean’s Key.
  • Percy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in neuroscience. She earned November student of the month recognition and the Dean’s Key.
  • Toombs graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in English writing and psychology. She is an honors program graduate who was also recognized with departmental honors and the Dean’s Key.
  • Leonhard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in psychology. She earned departmental honors and the Dean’s Key.

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. The Dean’s Key is awarded to students who made the Dean's List during all eight semesters at Thiel College.


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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, 25 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. 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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