Misericordia University recently recognized the academic accomplishments of two valedictorians for the Class of 2016 at the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21. Rachel Bohn of Mountain Top and Gina Baiamonte of Ashley each completed their undergraduate studies with 4.0 GPAs.
Bohn was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and Baiamonte of Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Both students have been accepted to medical school and will begin the graduate portion of their studies at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton in the fall.
Based on academic criteria, Bohn was selected to give the student address during the undergraduate degree ceremony. The valedictorians were also recognized at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
In her speech, Bohn urged classmates not to let others define success for them. “Success could mean reaching a milestone in your career or simply facing a new situation with a fearless sense of optimism,’’ she said. “It could mean becoming a published author or just becoming a great parent. Success doesn’t have to mean achieving something rare and extraordinary. The people I most admire in my life have taught me that happiness is the firmest measure of success. For the people who don’t believe you can be successful, I hope you prove them wrong every day.”
The undergraduate degree ceremony acknowledged 288 students from 12 states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico. The graduate degree ceremony recognized 104 graduates who hail from seven states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.