Five graduates earn top honors at Thiel College’s 145th Commencement Exercises

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Four members of the Thiel College Class of 2019 earned valedictorian honors and one received salutatorian honors at the 145th Commencement Exercises, which were held Sunday, May 5 in the College’s William A. Passavant Memorial Center.

Thomas Fisher ’19, Erika Hiwiller ’19, Brittany Jackson ’19 and Evan Youker ’19 shared valedictorian honors with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Terri Eddy ’19 was named salutatorian.

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 valedictorians and salutatorian were among the 41 percent of Thiel's Class of 2019 who were awarded Latin academic honors during the Commencement Exercises, which is above published figures for the national average. Graduates earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher were awarded cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

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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 a 10:1 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 remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.