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Two Earn Valedictorian and Salutatorian Honors at Thiel College’s 139th Commencement Ceremony


GREENVILLE, Pa.—Two members of the Thiel College Class of 2013 earned valedictorian and salutatorian honors at the 139th Commencement Ceremony, which was held on May 5 at 2 p.m. in the College’s William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

One student with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Emily Whipple of Rochester, Pa., earned valedictorian honors for 2013 and Caitlin Ferry of Brookville, Pa. was named salutatorian.

Whipple graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and departmental honors in English and education. She also earned the Dean’s Key and Student of the Month honors during her senior year.

Ferry graduated summa cum laude with a 3.97 grade point average and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication sciences & disorders with departmental honors. She also is a recipient of the Dean’s Key and Student of the Month honors.

View the 2013 Commencement ceremony program for a complete list of graduates and their degrees and honors.

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 those students who made the Dean's List during all eight semesters at Thiel.

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college 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. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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