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On May 14, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle in Massachusetts, 907 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 148th commencement ceremony.
Andrew Weiler of Montrose was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering with high distinction and William Spurgeon of La Crescenta was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in robotics engineering.
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities.
Claire Kostelnik of Glendale was awarded dean’s list academic honors for the spring 2016 semester at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Dean’s list honors are awarded to full-time students at St. Mary’s College who earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on 12 or more graded credits.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,800 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.
Timothy Kyung of La Cañada has earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Kyung was among approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech’s 251st commencement exercises on May 6 and May 7 at the McCamish Pavilion.
One of the nation’s leading research universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology is in the business of creating the next – the next idea, the next technology, and the next legion of agile minds well equipped to imagine and engineer our future.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has named Griffin Harting of La Crescenta, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, to the dean’s list for the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year.
Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.
Wheaton College students Christine Kim of Montrose, Erika Johnson of Glendale and Adam Wolcott of La Crescenta were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester.
Dean’s list honors are earned by undergraduate students who carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.
Kim was also recently inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society. This honor was announced by the Psychology Department 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.
Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country.
Andrew Arizmendi of Glendale received a BBA degree in business administration at Loyola University Maryland’s 164th commencement exercises on May 21.
Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, home to the University’s arts and sciences programs; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students from across the country.
The University of Hartford announced that Rebecca Kahn of La Cañada has been named to its dean’s list for spring 2016.
The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Visit for more information.
Union College in Schenectady, New York presented degrees to 550 students at the college’s 222nd commencement. Recipients included Lucas Kim of La Cañada Flintridge who received a Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics and Spanish and Hispanic studies and Abbidee Merchant, also of La Cañada Flintridge, who received a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology.
Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation.
Names of students who have made the scholastic honor roll spring term have been announced by Oregon State University. A total of 1,017 students earned straight A (4.0). Another 3,745 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.
Students on the honor roll included Douglas R. Drugan of La Cañada, straight-A average, post baccalaureate, pre-computer science and senior Kristen T. Mascheroni of La Crescenta, 3.5 or better, human development and family science.
Sofia Harutyunyan of Tujunga graduated from Western New England University with a Doctor of Pharmacy on May 21.
Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919 located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The following local students have been named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester.
Caitlin Connell, environmental studies, and Margaret Connell, political science and computer science. Both are Crescenta Valley High School graduates and daughters of Brian Connell and Gail Connell.
The dean’s list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.
One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition.
In a ceremony on April 30, over 500 Fort Lewis College graduates and their families packed Whalen Gymnasium for spring commencement.
Pamela Bogust of Sunland graduated with a major in engineering.
Maia Shields of La Crescenta graduated with a major in psychology.
Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado is the Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure blending small classes, dynamic academic programs and a liberal arts perspective.
Symeon Stefan was named to the Miami University spring 2016 president’s list.
Miami University students who are ranked in the top 3% of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2015-16 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.
Stefan, from La Cañada, is earning a Bachelor of Arts majoring in microbiology, premedical studies.
Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. The university is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and is the number one college town according to Forbes.
View Miami’s other achievements at commencement, dean’s and president’s lists.
Worcester Academy announces its final upper school honor roll and headmaster’s list for the 2015-16 school year. The honors represent the achievements that each student has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth.
Among the students is Sewon Park of La Cañada Flintridge, grade 11, who was named to the honor roll.
Worcester Academy is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. The urban setting, diverse community and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment. Visit
Erica Son, an occupational therapy major, was named to the dean’s list in Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance for the spring 2016 semester.
Stephanie M Green of La Cañada has been named to the Wichita State University dean’s honor roll for spring 2016.
To be included on the dean’s honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
WSU enrolls about 14,500 students and offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs in more than 150 areas of study in six undergraduate colleges.
Claire Steckbeck of La Cañada graduated on May 14 during Emmanuel College’s 94th commencement exercises on its campus in Boston. Steckbeck received a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies during the ceremony.
Steckbeck was a December 2015 graduate of Emmanuel College.
The only Catholic college in the heart of Boston, Emmanuel educates and inspires more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world.
Samuel Frederich of La Cañada graduated with a BA in cinema and media studies from Carleton College at its 142nd commencement exercises held on June 11.
Frederich is the child of Peter and Charlotte Frederich of La Cañada.
Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a national top 10, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota, 45 miles south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Best known for its academic excellence and warm, welcoming campus community, Carleton offers 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
Andrew Arizmendi, a member of the class of 2016 from Glendale, has been named to the spring 2016 dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland.
In order to qualify for the dean’s list at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits.
Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, home to the University’s arts and sciences programs.
Arpeni Mael from Glendale has been named to the UMass Dartmouth spring 2016 dean’s list in recognition of earning a semester grade point average of 3.2 or higher of a possible 4.0.
UMass Dartmouth, located in Massachusetts, distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social, and cultural development.
Anthony Avellano of La Crescenta made the dean’s list at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the spring 2016 semester. Avellano is studying photographic and imaging arts.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for dean’s list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.
Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.
Kaelin King of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the 2016 spring semester dean’s list at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania 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 2,450 students and 215 full-time faculty that offers a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including engineering.
Samuel Whitefield was among 3,000 students who graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts in May.
The graduates from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering included Whitefield of La Cañada Flintridge who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international relations.
The following La Cañada students were named to the university’s dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester: Anise Applebaum, Charlotte Leis, Olivia Markowitz, Ryan Newquist, Jun Hyuk Sung and Samuel Whitefield.
Dean’s list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.
Tufts University is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States.
Several local residents made the academic deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University. These students are honored for a spring 2016 grade point average of 3.5 or better. They are joined by 1,957 students receiving the same honor.
From Shadow Hills: Andrew Baxter, a Christian Ministries major and Sophia Cowell, a graphic design major.
From Sunland: Vanessa Brooks, a youth ministry major and Margaret Harling Mich, a business management major.
From La Crescenta: Sanghee Chung a nursing major, Tiffany Garren, a business: accounting major, Elizabeth Gruss, a mathematics major, Madison Newbro, a pre-teacher certification major, Emma Lee Walker, a psychology major and Robert Walker, a mathematics major.
From Tujunga: Kelly Fish, a nursing major, Abigail Golliher, a nursing major, Jonah Kang, a computer information systems major and Abigail Rickett, a sociology major.
From Montrose: Marie Gonzalez, a nursing major and Cody Springett, a sociology major.
From La Cañada: Jackson Harbolt, a business: accounting major.
From Glendale: Camille Newbro, a sociology major and Timothy Small of Glendale, a business: economics major.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God first and excellence in higher education. With 71 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and three associate’s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,300 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.
Richard Hathaway of La Cañada Flintridge was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Hathaway is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.
To qualify for the dean’s list in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.
Washington University in St. Louis is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching, research, patient care and service to society.
Megan Siepler of La Cañada was among the students who earned a place on the University of Dubuque spring semester 2016 academic dean’s list.
To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for that semester.
The University of Dubuque, founded in 1852, is a private, coeducational, professional University with a focus in the liberal arts.
Chad J. Rahtz of Tujunga has been selected for inclusion on the dean’s list for academic achievement during the spring 2016 semester at St. Lawrence University.
Rahtz is a member of the Class of 2016 and is majoring in economics. He attended St. Francis High School.
To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.
Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York.
Galileo Nunez, a Tujunga resident and a student at Pratt Institute, was among more than 1,000 students who made the dean’s list in the spring 2016 semester. Nunez also earned a degree in architecture during the 127th commencement ceremony.
Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in the cultural hub of New York City with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Colgate University Class of 2018 member Jae Eun Lee, a molecular biology major from La Crescenta, has earned the spring dean’s award for academic excellence.
The dean’s award at Colgate is awarded to students with a 3.30 or higher term averag
Colgate University in Hamilton, New York is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams.
Angela Baik of Montrose has been named to the Whitworth University provost’s honor roll for spring semester 2016.
She qualified for the academic honor society by maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.75 during the semester.
Located in Spokane, Washington, Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Katharine Crowder of La Crescenta graduated from Binghamton University during the 2015-2016 academic year with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
Binghamton University is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York. Known for the excellence of its students, faculty, staff and programs, Binghamton enrolls close to 17,000 students in programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Its curriculum, founded in the liberal arts, has expanded to include selected professional and graduate programs. Visit for more information.

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