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Northern Marion County residents graduate from, earn top honors from universities

WOU sees many locals graduate

Western Oregon University's 161st Commencement exercises were held June 16 at McArthur Field and Stadium.

More than 1,000 graduates participated in the ceremony, during which Oregon Sen. Jackie Winters gave the commencement address and WOU President Rex Fuller conferred bachelor's or master's degrees on graduates.

The following are local residents (listed by city) who graduated. Students who graduated cum laude (with honors) received a 3.50-3.64 grade point average. Magna cum laude students earned a GPA of 3.65-3.79, and summa cum laude equals 3.80-4.0 GPA.


• Kip Pearson, Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies

• Tristan Wampole, Bachelor of Science in business


• Kira Chuprov, Bachelor of Arts in education, summa cum laude

• Joseph Jirges, Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

• Angeles Morales, Bachelor of Science in psychology

• Yaneli Pineda-Romero Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice


• Chloe Studer, Bachelor of Science in psychology

Mount Angel

• Liana Bryde, Bachelor of Science in biology

• Juana Morales, Bachelor of Science in psychology, magna cum laude


• Amira Andrade, Bachelor of Arts in social science

• Denisse Baltazar-Molinar, Bachelor of Arts in psychology

• Julia Borovskiy, Bachelor of Science in social science

• Shirley Bravo Gonzalez, Bachelor of Science in community health education

• Zachary Fischer, Bachelor of Science in education, summa cum laude

• Karen Garcia-Hernandez, Bachelor of Arts in psychology

• Sandra Gonzales, Bachelor of Science in anthropology

• Alizbeth Mendoza, Bachelor of Science in information systems

• Vianey Mora-Orozco, Bachelor of Science in exercise science

• Yubel Rios, Bachelor of Science in business, cum laude

• Miguel Zamora, Bachelor of Science in business, cum laude.

Hubbard resident named to honor society

Keren Cruz, of Hubbard, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Southern Oregon University.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Cruz is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Hubbard resident named to MSU honor roll

Montana State University has announced its undergraduate honor rolls for spring semester 2018.

On the dean's honor roll is Hubbard resident Jarod Schweighardt.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 degree-eligible credit hours to be on the list. The Dean's Honor Roll includes 3,179 students earning grade point averages of 3.5 or above for the semester.

Local named to dean's list at Virginia university

Trevor Jay Oyer, of Hubbard, has been named to Eastern Mennonite University's dean's list for the spring 2018 semester.

Students named to Eastern Mennonite University's dean's list have achieved a semester grade point average of at least 3.75 with no withdrawn, incomplete or failing grades for 12 semester hours of standard grades.

Eastern Mennonite University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Mount Angel resident gets degree in San Diego

Gregory Farris, a resident of Mount Angel, graduated from University of San Diego on May 27.

Farris earned a bachelor's degree in real estate.

He completed the requirements for graduation in January.

Locals earn top honors at Gonzaga

McKenna Shultz, of Hubbard, has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president's list for spring semester 2018. Jessica Wilmes, of Woodburn, has been named to the dean's list. Wilmes also graduated cum laude from the university on May 13 in Spokane's Veterans' Memorial Arena.

Students must earn a 3.85 to 4.0 grade point average to make the president's list, and students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 GPA to make the dean's list.

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