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More than 450 students from the class of 2015, representing nearly three dozen countries, crossed the stage on Tempel Green to receive their diplomas from Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron. Among these was Cara Elizabeth Green from La Cañada who received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.
During the ceremony, the graduates followed long-held college traditions, including passing through a laurel chain held by members of the junior class and carrying saplings that symbolize a continuing connection to the college.

Kristy Koperski, of La Crescenta attained dean’s list status at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the spring. Dean’s list status is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For 149 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities.

Catherine Adams of La Crescenta, whose major is English – writing option, and Pamela Bogust of Sunland, whose major is engineering, were named to Fort Lewis College’s dean’s list for the spring semester.

Over 400 students took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average.

Fort Lewis College in Colorado is the Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure with a blend of small classes, dynamic academic programs, and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning.

Daniel Lazier of La Cañada Flintridge, son of David and Janet Lazier and a graduate of Flintridge Preparatory School, graduated with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University.

Kailey Tindle of Glendale, daughter of Stephen and Vivian Tindle, and Amy Nance, a graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience. Kailey is a member of Mortar Board Leadership Honor Society and Phi Sigma Biology Honor Society.

Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Bucknell University is a highly selective private liberal arts university.

The following local students were named to the dean’s list at California Lutheran University for the fall semester: Abagail Durkan-Simonds of La Cañada is an undeclared major; Deirdre Durkan-Simonds of La Cañada Flintridge is a communication major; Carly Holland of Sunland is a business administration major; Ryan Moguel of Tujunga is a political science major; Adrienne Ingalla of Glendale is an exercise science major.

Students qualify for the dean’s list by maintaining a 3.6 grade point average in their academic subjects. For the fall semester, 704 students earned the honor.

Cal Lutheran is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks with additional locations in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Santa Maria and Berkeley.

Katharine E. Crowder of Tujunga was named to Binghamton University dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. This honor recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Binghamton University is located in New York and is ranked among the elite public universities in the country. Binghamton challenges students academically, not financially, in its unique, best-of-both-worlds environment.

Leegan Lim from La Cañada graduated from Wake Forest University on May 18.

Surrounded by family and friends, 1,861 graduates faced their futures against the backdrop of a new, modern, open-air stage designed to complement the structure of Wake Forest’s iconic Wait Chapel.

Bucknell University released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the 2015 spring semester. Dean’s list students have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

Stephanie Beck and Daniel Lazier of La Cañada Flintridge and Kailey Tindle of Glendale were named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University for the spring semester of 2014-15 academic year.

Located in Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences, along with broad opportunities outside of class, to its 3,600 undergraduates.

La Crescenta resident Gavin Traber, a sophomore molecular and cellular biology major at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas is among more than 1,200 university students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the spring 2015 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

The following students graduated from the University of San Diego on May 24.

Lara Adamiak of La Cañada earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Adamiak graduated magna cum laude. Adamiak participated in the university’s Honors Program designed to provide smart, passionate and engaged students with challenges and opportunities to allow them to achieve their intellectual goals. It emphasizes teaching excellence, small seminar-style classes, and a core curriculum of innovative courses. Matthew Cannata of La Cañada earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. Joshua Chi of La Crescenta earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and finance. Chi graduated cum laude. Sara Gangi of Glendale earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing.

Laura McClelland of La Cañada earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. McClelland graduated magna cum laude.

Sarah Phillips of Glendale earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. Phillips graduated summa cum laude. William Thompson of La Crescenta earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Thompson graduated cum laude. Thompson completed the requirements for graduation in January of this year.

Porter Tolkin of La Cañada earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. Elisa YiDonoy of La Cañada earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders.

Andrea Miller of La Cañada has earned an undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University. Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing communication. Miller completed the requirements in the fall term and was eligible to participate in the 2015 Undergraduate Commencement held May 16 in William Rolland Stadium.

Cal Lutheran is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks, California, with additional locations in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Santa Maria and Berkeley.

Sarah Elaine Lowenthal of La Crescenta has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first-year and second-year college students.

Army and Navy Academy’s 104th commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, June 6. Diplomas were presented by Dr. Lisa Basista, dean of Academics, in the Saturday afternoon ceremony, along with special awards.

Graduates included Ian Kim of Shadow Hills who he is enrolling at Pepperdine University and Brandon Um of La Cañada who is enrolling at the University of California, Irvine.

Christine Martinez of Tujunga earned a Bachelor of Arts, political science, with a minor in women’s & gender studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Students participated in graduation exercises during the school’s commencement ceremony that was held on Sunday, May 11 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena.

Gonzaga University is a private Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic university providing education to more than 7,800 students.

Amelia Palacios, the daughter of Maureen and Jorge Palacios of La Crescenta, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2014-15 school year.

A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, Palacios was a sophomore at Macalester last spring.

The dean’s list at Macalester College is published at the end of each semester.

The Georgia Institute of Technology presented degrees to approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students during the Institute’s 249th commencement exercises on May 1 and May 2 at the McCamish Pavilion. Among these students were Kevin Chow of La Cañada who earned a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, Michael Fifield of La Cañada Flintridge who earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and Joshua Lee of Tujunga who earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.

Jessie Um of La Crescenta was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. To make the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.5 GPA in the semester. Um is a graduate of Village Christian High School. She is the daughter of Binny and Christy Um.

Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The college integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional curriculum and introductory and advanced practice experiences where students can develop expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities.

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