HILLSBOROUGH: College graduates gain their diplomas

May ceremonies bring ultimate success for many

   Heather Sloan of Hillsborough graduated with honors from Centenary College in Hackettstown on May 18 with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and was a member of Delta Alpha Pi and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies.
   She was also an active sister in Theta Epsilon Nu sorority, and a member in Circle K International, Majors and Minors Mentoring Club, the Criminal Justice Club and several charitable organizations.
   In the fall, Heather will begin the master’s degree program in public administration at Kean University. Upon completion of studies, she hopes to work in court administration.

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   Three Hillsborough residents graduated from the University of Scranton (Pa.) as the university conferred 1,735 degrees — the largest number of degrees in its history — at two commencement ceremonies, including more than 900 bachelor’s and associate degrees at its undergraduate commencement on May 26 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
   The three are:
   Cody J. Fagan, who earned a bachelor of arts in communication;
   Michael W. Hall earned a bachelor of science in operations management, and
   Matthew M. Mosko earned a bachelor of science in secondary education for citizenship/history and history.
   Sandra Postel, an author, scholar, lecturer and consultant on global water protection, and director of the Global Water Policy Project, served as commencement speaker.
   Majors with the most graduates were biology, nursing, accounting, exercise science, communication and psychology.
   

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   Jason Pfoutz of Manville was one of the 130 graduates at McPherson College on May 26. He received a bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration management, restoration technology and motorcycle restoration.
   Balbir Mathir, founder and president of Trees for Life International in Wichita, Kan., gave the commencement address. Mr. Mathir told about his experiences growing up in India.
   

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   Michael Lynch, son of Michael and Patricia Lynch, graduated with honors from St. John’s University in N.Y., with a bachelor of arts degree in speech and language on May 19.
   He was elected to the dean’s list for 2012-2013 as well as the Sigma Alpha Eta national speech and language honor society. He was a board member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, an outreach program serving New York City underprivileged areas.
   Michael, a 2009 Hillsborough High School graduate, will be attending Salus University near Philadelphia in the fall pursuing a doctorate of audiology degree.
   

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   Carolyn Kolb of Hillsborough graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., with a bachelor of science in health science/physician assistant at the 82nd undergraduate commencement held May 19.
   She will continue in the program for two more years to receive a master’s degree and complete the physician assistant program.
   

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   Two Hillsborough residents graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on the weekend of May 24-25.
   Anell Alexis received a bachelor of arts degree in communication.
   Joseph Riccardi received a bachelor of arts degree in English and adolescence education.
   

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