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Summer 2021 President's List at Georgia State University

ATLANTA, GA (09/13/2021)-- To be eligible for the President's List during the summer semester, degree-seeking students with a minimum Georgia State University cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester and complete at least 6 semester hours of academic credit with no incompletes.

Students named to the President's List from your coverage area include:

Eric Gulbranson of Joint Base Mdl (08640)

Breon Johnson of Deptford (08096)

Georgia State University, an enterprising urban public research university, is a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds.

Wilkes University Awards Degrees at Sept. 12 Summer Commencement

WILKES-BARRE, PA (09/13/2021)-- Wilkes University awarded nearly 300 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 12. The event was held in the Arnaud C. Marts Center, 274 South Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre.

Abas Sabouni, associate professor of electrical engineering at Wilkes University, delivered the commencement address. Sabouni was awarded the Carpenter Award for Teaching. The award, considered Wilkes' highest honor for teaching, recognizes an outstanding member of the faculty.

Sabouni joined Wilkes in 2013 and quickly integrated robust research into many aspects of his curriculum. Technologies for revolutionizing breast cancer detection and imaging and for improving the treatment of neurological disorders are among the research projects originating in his labs. Sabouni works with undergraduate students through his research in developing diagnostic and therapeutic technologies for biomedical applications. In 2019, he received the Wilkes University President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Michelle Lenhart, Millville, Pa., addressed her fellow graduates. Lenhart received the Master of Business Administration degree. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Wilkes in 2019, and currently works in the registrar's office at Luzerne County Community College.

Keri Stein of Haddon Heights, NJ (08035) earned a Master of Science in Education

Chioma Ugo-Ogbuewu of Sicklerville, NJ (08081) earned a Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing

University of Iowa Class of 2025 the most academic accomplished in UI history

IOWA CITY, IA (09/09/2021)-- This fall, the University of Iowa welcomed the most academically accomplished class in its history for the fifth year in a row. The incoming undergraduate class again topped previous records in achievement with a higher average high school grade-point average (GPA), at 3.81, than any previous class.

This fall's incoming undergraduate class at the University of Iowa has yet again topped previous records in achievement with a higher average high school grade-point average (GPA), at 3.81, than any previous class. The average high school GPA for the classes of 2024 and 2023 were 3.78 and 3.76, respectively.

"We are very happy to welcome these newest Hawkeyes," says Kevin Kregel, executive vice president and provost. "Like every incoming class, they bring fresh talents and perspectives to our campus. And like last year's class, they've already demonstrated tremendous resilience during a challenging time. We look forward to making sure they have the extraordinary opportunities they deserve, and supporting them as they pursue their goals."

The Class of 2025 is composed of 4,521 students, up slightly from last year. About 19% of the class (870) are first-generation students, and about 22% (996) identify as African American, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Asian, Latinx/a/o, or two or more ethnicities.

Despite the challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Sarah Hansen, vice president for student life, says the Hawkeye spirit is as resilient as ever.

"The Class of 2025 arrived on campus ready and excited to be fully engaged, and they are already demonstrating their commitment to the Hawkeye community," she says. "We are grateful that they chose the University of Iowa, and we will support them as they pursue their academic and co-curricular passions. We will continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 as Hawkeyes always do-together."

About 60% of the class (2,702) are Iowa residents, and about 1% (47) are international students. The class represents 94 of Iowa's 99 counties, 45 U.S. states and territories (as well as Washington, D.C., and bases for the U.S. Armed Forces), and 40 countries.

This year, 21,608 undergraduates are enrolled at Iowa. About 45% of Iowa's students identify as male, about 55% as female. Graduate students total 6,415, and professional students total 1,886. Postgraduate scholars total 1,297. Total enrollment this fall is 31,206 students.

To learn more about Iowa's record-setting Class of 2025, click HERE.

Note: This information represents a snapshot of enrollment information from early in the fall 2021 semester and may change with time.

Ariana Lessard of Haddonfield , NJ [Major: English and Creative Writing]

Christine Valora of Sicklerville , NJ [Major: Journalism and Mass Communication]