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academic honors

MACON/ATLANTA/SAVANNAH — Mercer University conferred bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to nearly 2,000 students, including five from Richmond Hill, representing all 12 schools and colleges at five ceremonies during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah.

Richmond Hill’s graduates, their schools and degrees are:

• Zachary Gohsman, School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine

• John Raymond Gormley, School of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

• Richard Hawkins, Walter F. George School of Law, Juris Doctor

• Alena Raven Tyson, Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics, Bachelor of Business Administration

• Yi Tian Xiao, College of Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Science

Associate of Science

NORFOLK, Neb.— Hannah Riley of Richmond Hill received an associate of science degree from Northeast Community College.

She received it during the school’s commencement May 14 at the Norfolk campus.

North Georgia graduate

DAHLONEGA — Danielle Marie Rondeau of Richmond Hill has graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing.

The university’s spring commencement ceremonies were held May 6-8 for some 1,200 participants; in total, UNG conferred more than 1,500 degrees and certificates for spring semester.

Georgia Tech list

ATLANTA— Seven Richmond Hill students have been named to the dean’s list at Georgia Institute of Technology for spring 2016.

They are Breanna Cota, Sutton Garrett, William Short, Emily Simmons, Alexandra Thompson, Adrienne Warren and Derek Watson.

This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Honor societies at Valdosta

VALDOSTA — April Ward of Richmond Hill has been inducted into Valdosta State University’s chapter of Sigma Apha Pi: The National Society of Leadership and Success.

With 517 chapters and 591,311 members, The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society, one committed to building leaders who make a better world. Students are selected for membership based on either academic standing or leadership.

Also, Cheyenne Ervin of Richmond Hill was inducted into the Georgia Alpha Chapter of Alpha Chi at Valdosta State.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922 its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.

Shorter’s dean’s list

ROME — Shorter University has announced students named to the dean’s list during the spring semester of 2016.

To achieve this honor, students must have been enrolled full time and have earned at least a 3.5 GPA for the term.

They included Caleb Branham, an undecided major, from Richmond Hill.

Troy graduate

TROY, Ala. — Benjamin Vidacovich of Richmond Hill graduated from Troy University during Term 4 of the 2015-16 academic year.

Vidacovich attended Troy Online and graduated with the Bachelor of Science from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Term 4 includes students at campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Ala., along with teaching sites outside of Alabama and online.

Magna cum laude grad

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Park University held its 2016 Kansas City Area Commencement ceremony on May 7 at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo.

The university had 665 students eligible to participate in the ceremony — 229 students received masters degrees and/or graduate certificates; 436 students received a bachelors’ or associate degrees, and/or undergraduate certificates.

They included Lucas Philip Vernon Duncan from Richmond Hill, who earned a Bachelor of Science in geography, magna cum laude (3.7-3.80 GPA).

ABAC graduate

TIFTON — A total of 332 students completed the requirements for graduation from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at the end of spring term.

One of them was Chandler Holmes of Richmond Hill, who received an associate degree with merit in animal sciences.

Northampton dean’s list

Curtis Sanders, Richmond Hill, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa. The honor is reserved for students who have completed a minimum of 6 credits and achieved at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the spring 2016 semester.

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