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Pureum Lee of La Crescenta graduated from Whitworth College with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Lee graduated with cum laude honors.

Located in Spokane, Washington, Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Meredith Roberts of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the University of Delaware dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester.

To meet eligibility requirements for the dean’s list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.


Jason Rowton of La Cañada was named to Fort Lewis College dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. Rowton’s major is economics.

To be eligible for dean’s list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.

Fort Lewis College is located on a mesa above historic Durango, Colorado.


The University of Alabama awarded about 5,716 degrees during its spring commencement May 3-5. Among the recipients were Henry Richard Harris of La Crescenta who earned a juris doctor, and Ryan Howard Helbing of Sunland-Tujunga, who earned a Bachelor of Science in commerce & business administration.

UA offers its students a premier educational, cultural and social experience with more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The campus gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty performing cutting-edge research.


Kaitlyn Moguel of Tujunga was named to the McKendree University dean’s list for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher during the spring 2019 semester.

McKendree University is among “America’s 100 Best College Buys” and recognized as a military friendly school by Victory Media. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Illinois, campus is 25 miles from St. Louis, Missouri.


Erica Son of La Crescenta graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College with a BS in occupational therapy. She also was named to the dean’s list.

Conner Wells of La Cañada Flintridge, a cinema & photography major, earned a spot on the dean’s list as well.

Founded in 1892, Ithaca College in New York is a residential college dedicated to building knowledge and confidence through a continuous cycle of theory, practice and performance. Home to some 6,500 students, the college offers more than 100 degree programs in its schools of business, communications, humanities and sciences, health sciences and human performance, and music.


Over 300 Carleton College students were recognized on May 31 at the 2019 Honors Convocation. A Carleton tradition, Honors Convocation draws the campus community together to celebrate the academic accomplishments of Carleton students and faculty. Among those recognized were Jillian Hana Yanai of Glendale, who received the Technos International Week Fellow, and Sacha Greenfield of La Crescenta, who received the Phi Beta Kappa, Jean Schmidt Prize.

On June 15, 459 graduates were conferred the degree of Bachelor of Arts, the culmination of four years of study in the liberal arts.

Sacha Greenfield of La Crescenta studied physics and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Chae Won Kim of Montrose studied computer science and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college of 2,000 students located in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota. Nationally recognized as the nation’s top college for undergraduate teaching, Carleton is known for its academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, and sense of humor. Carleton offers 33 majors and 31 minors in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.


Elijah Eigenbrodt of Glendale has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for spring semester 2019. Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. Liam Cascelli of Glendale and John Moore of La Crescenta earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for spring semester 2019. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students. Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the west’s best comprehensive regional universities. Gonzaga offers 75 fields of study, 23 master’s degrees, four doctoral degrees in one college and six schools.


More than 4,100 Baylor University students have been named to the dean’s academic honor list for the spring 2019 semester. Students honored on the dean’s list are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Among these students is Eric M. Gerlach from La Cañada. Both attend the College of Arts and Sciences.

Baylor University also conferred degrees to nearly 3,000 graduates during spring commencement exercises May 17-18. Among those graduating were McKenna Rose Middleton, Bachelor of Arts, journalism, Spanish, summa cum laude and Taylor Rene Middleton, Bachelor of Arts, religion. McKenna also earned a place on the dean’s list. Rachel Leigh Achterman received a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, International Business.

Baylor’s mission is to educate students for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment in a caring community. Nestled along the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, Baylor provides numerous educational and research opportunities across various disciplines through 128 baccalaureate programs, 77 master’s programs, 45 doctoral programs, a juris doctor and education specialist programs and the Master of Laws program.


Frankie V. Cozzarelli of Sunland was recently named to the highly selective dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Cozzarelli is one of 443 Colby students – or 23% of the qualified student body – to have earned a spot on the dean’s list last semester.

Cozzarelli, a member of the Class of 2020, attended Los Angeles Lutheran Junior-Senior High School and is the son of Juan and Dacia Cozzarelli of Sunland. Cozzarelli earned a semester grade point average of 3.78 or higher this spring to be included on Colby’s dean’s list.

Founded in 1813, Colby serves only undergraduates and offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars.


Anthony Avellano of La Crescenta was named to the dean’s list at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2019 spring semester. Avellano is in the photographic and imaging arts program.

Rochester Institute of Technology, founded in 1829, enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.


James Murphy of La Cañada, a junior secondary education-social studies major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

A private college, York College offers more than 50 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,100 undergraduate students. The College also offers master’s programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice.


Aidan Phillips of La Cañada Flintridge has been placed on the Gettysburg College dean’s honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the spring 2019 semester. Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester’s work are placed on the college’s dean’s honor list.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus.


Erika Johnson of Glendale (91208), Joshua Kim of Montrose and Sarah Lee of La Crescenta were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester at Wheaton College.

Wheaton College, located 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. For more information, visit


Courteney Campbell of Glendale was among the nearly 700 students awarded degrees at the 99th annual commencement ceremony at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 18. Campbell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and graduated cum laude.

Rockhurst University is one of 27 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States. It seeks to challenge students while providing a supportive environment for intellectual and personal growth.


Kate Schiller of La Cañada Flintridge graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine after majoring in history and minoring in religious studies and education. Schiller, the child of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Schiller of La Cañada is a 2015 graduate of Mayfield Senior School.

Bates College graduated 469 students from 36 states and 36 countries on May 26. Cumulatively, the Class of 2019 performed 80,000 hours of community service, exemplifying Bates’ commitment to community learning and civic action.