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Marymount University announced that Heather Dishongh, a resident of Montrose, earned an MA in forensic psychology. Dishongh is among the more than 450 undergraduates and 350 graduate students who received degrees at the University’s Commencement Ceremonies at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, on May 18.

Alice E. Grubb Jones was one of 472 seniors who graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine on May 25, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the college’s 193rd commencement. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was the guest speaker.
Grubb Jones, the daughter of Dayton Jones and Debra Grubb of La Cañada, majored in biology.

Lauren Galantai, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, and Alex Shin, a resident of La Crescenta, are among the 229 high-achieving students from Whittier College who made the spring 2014 dean’s list.
Undergraduate students are awarded dean’s list honors if they earn a 3.70 grade point average (GPA) while completing a full-time course load (12 units) in the fall and spring terms.

Catherine Elizabeth Weirick was among 521 graduates awarded diplomas at Denison University’s 173rd commencement held May 17. Weirick, a resident of La Cañada, was awarded a degree from Denison by President Adam Weinberg.
Weirick graduated with a major in religion. She received the Alumni Award and studied abroad with the Arcadia College of Global Studies Program in Spain. Weirick conducted summer research on a project titled “Human sex trafficking and prostitution in Columbus, Ohio.” She participated in SHARE, played flag football, and is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Wheaton College (Illinois) student Hannah Jung of Glendale was recently inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society. The honor, which is presented by the Psychology Dept. at Wheaton College, was announced at Wheaton College’s honors convocation.
Psi Chi is the national honor society for undergraduate psychology majors and serves the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. To be eligible for induction, a student must be at least a second-semester sophomore or above, have completed nine hours of psychology coursework with a 3.6 GPA, have an overall 3.5 GPA, and be in the top 35 percent of his or her class.

Galileo Nunez of Tujunga and a student at the Pratt Institute in New York, was among more than 1,000 students who made the dean’s list in the Spring 2014 semester.

The following students received a degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, at its 169th commencement ceremony. Ester Jun of La Cañada received an Associate of Arts from Oxford College of Emory University on May 10 and Grace Lee of La Crescenta received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University on May 12.
In addition, Hye Lee of Montrose was named to the dean’s list. Students must be in the top 20% of Emory College or have approximately a 3.859 grade point average or higher to be named to the dean’s list.
Emory University is known for its demanding academics, outstanding undergraduate experience, highly ranked professional schools and state-of-the-art research facilities.

The following local students were named to the Southern Methodist University undergraduate honor roll for the spring 2014 semester: Ricki Lubell, a sophomore from Glendale; Olivia Warner, a senior from La Cañada; Ryan Reed, a first year student from La Cañada Flintridge. The honor roll includes students in the top 15 percentile.
Daniel Trujillo, a senior from La Cañada Flintridge, was named to the honor roll with distinction, which includes students in the top 10 percentile.
Camille McCarty, a first year student from La Crescenta, was named to the honor roll with high distinction that includes students in the top 5 percentile.
The following La Cañada students were awarded degrees during SMU’s May 2014 commencement ceremonies:
MacKenzie Campbell received a Bachelor of Science in economics with finance applications, Kira Ramani received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and Katherine Brown received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing.
SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

Kaelin King of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the 2014 spring semester dean’s list at Lafayette College for outstanding academic achievement.     To qualify for dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.60 semester grade point average on a scale of 4.0. King is a graduate of Flintridge Preparatory School.
Lafayette is a top liberal arts college with 2,400 students and 215 full-time faculty that offers a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including engineering.

Ro Morris Rowan, a 1997 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School and a 2004 graduate of UCLA, was awarded a degree in electronic production and design at Berklee College of Music in Boston on May 10.
Rowan graduated cum laude from Berklee with a 3.9 GPA. While she was a student at Berklee, she received the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, the Laurie Anderson Women in Music Technology Award, the Outstanding Scholar Award, the Berklee Achievement Scholarship and the North American Scholarship.
Rowan played cello in 309 studio recordings and film scoring sessions and 138 concerts (including performances with Annie Lennox, Willie Nelson and Lalah Hathaway).

Sara Keys of La Cañada graduated May 11 from Ohio Wesleyan University. Keys earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Ohio Wesleyan’s class of 2014 included 390 spring, summer and fall graduates, with 65 cum laude, 33 magna cum laude, and 20 summa cum laude honorees.

Symeon Stefan of La Cañada was named to the Miami University spring 2014 president’s list.
Miami University students who are ranked in the top 3% of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2013-14 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

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