LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University recently celebrated the Class of 2022 at the 145th Spring Commencement Ceremonies. At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, graduating students received their diplomas at the Thomas Fieldhouse. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, undergraduates received their diplomas at Hubert Jack Stadium.
At both ceremonies, Dr. Cori Myers, Associate Vice-Rector, welcomed guests and greetings from faculty and coaches were given by Dr. Richard Goulet, President of LHU APSCUF and Associate Professor.
The student speaker for the Friday night graduation ceremony was Savanna Harrison, a sports science student from Perkasie. The student speaker for Saturday’s undergraduate ceremony was Tess English, a communication student from Bellefonte.
Dr. Bashar Hanna, Acting President, congratulated the graduates at both ceremonies.
“You are a class that has persevered and persevered through many challenges during your academic journey,” Hanna said. “The course of your education has been anything but conventional. I hope you will choose to look back at the experiences behind you with a sense of accomplishment and optimism. You have already accomplished so much to get here today, and in doing so, you have prepared yourself to meet all the challenges that will come your way.
The Spring 2022 Top Honors Graduates were also recognized by Hanna at the undergraduate ceremony for achieving the highest academic honors in their class. Top honors went to Olivia Hope Artz of Harrisburg; Sara Louise Caputo, of South Williamsport; Marissa Allison Iraca, of Irvona; Taylor Moritz, of Harleysville; McCartney Register, of Lock Haven; and Rachel Riley, of Knox.
Artz earned a degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physician assistant. She was awarded the Perna Family Memorial Scholarship, the LHU Foundation Scholarship, and the LHU Merit Eagle Scholarship. She was on the Dean’s List from 2018-22, was a member of the LHU Global Honors Program and the Health Science Club. She will attend LHU’s Physician Assistant program this summer with the goal of becoming a physician assistant.
Caputo earned a degree in Secondary Education English and Special Education. She was the 2020-21 Outstanding English Major and was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society. She plans to become a teacher while pursuing a master’s degree.
Iraca graduated with a degree in physics and a minor in mathematics with a concentration in applied physics/nanotechnology. She received the Tyco Electronics Academic Excellence Award, the Best Presentation Award at the APS Four Corners Conference in 2020 and the Best Presentation Award at the PASSHE STEM Student Research Conference in 2021. She was a member of the Global Honors Program, president of the Physics Club and tutored in math and physics. In the summer of 2019, she studied abroad in London and Paris. She completed a summer research internship at Brigham Young University in 2020 and was awarded the AAPM Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in the summer of 2021, in conjunction with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She plans to attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall with a teaching assistant position to work on a master’s degree in medical physics, hoping to work for a rural hospital for those with limited access to care. .
Moritz graduated with a 4+2 track Pre-Physician Assistant degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She was the recipient of an LHU Talon Award for Top Female Student-Athlete GPA in both her junior and senior years and was also named a PSAC Scholar Athlete. She was a member of the women’s soccer team for all four years and served as captain in her final year. She was also a member of the Global Honor’s Program and a member of the Health Science Club. In her senior year, she conducted an independent study on the effect of soccer cleats and running shoes on postural sway. She plans to attend Thomas Jefferson University this summer to attend Physician Assistant School. Her career goal is to get her master’s degree and become a licensed childminder working in the Philadelphia area.
Register was a double major in health sciences, pre-vocational and nursing. She received the LHU Talon Award for Top Senior Female Student-Athlete GPA, was named a PSAC Scholarly Athlete, and was a recipient of the Global Honors Program Academic Excellence Scholarship. She has served as Resident Assistant and member of the Women’s Tennis Team, Scuba Diving Club, Ski Club, Global Honors Program, Nursing National Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was also a member of LHU’s Institutional COVID Response Team (IRT), helping the team win Pennsylvania’s 2021 Rural Health Program of the Year. As part of the IRT, Register helped publish a research article in the International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Research. She also studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain, and was one of the first mentors in the Presidential Mentorship Program. She plans to work as a registered nurse in a medical intensive care unit to gain experience before returning to the classroom to pursue a doctorate in nursing, with other plans to become a nurse anesthetist.
Riley was a double major in Grade 4 Pre-K and Special Education. She was on the Dean’s List from 2018-22 and was a recipient of the Mary Alice Smith Honors Scholarship, Guaranteed Excellence Scholarship, and Catherine Frantz Scholarship. She was president of the Council for Exceptional Children and a member and social chair of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. She was a residence assistant and student worker at the campus student recreation center. She has accepted a full-time teaching position at the Williamsport Area School District, where she will teach Primary Autism Support at Hepburn Lycoming Elementary School.