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Elmira College Celebrates 161st Commencement

ELMIRA, NY – Elmira College celebrated the graduation of 376 students during its 161st Commencement on June 5 at the Murray Athletic Center, Pine Valley.

The exercises included the conferring of 330 undergraduate and 46 graduate degrees.

Members of the 2016 Elmira College graduating class were recognized with multiple honors and prizes, including induction into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest national honors organization, and officer commissioning with the United States military.

The Class of 2016 also included more than 125 graduates receiving summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude honors.

Those receiving honors included:

Magna Cum Laude : Abigail Waldron of Williamstown, NY.

Cum Laude : Kara Yakel of Fulton, NY.

Elmira College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1855, located in Elmira.

The college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,200 full-time students, of which thirteen percent are valedictorians or salutatorians of their high schools or preparatory schools.

Students come from 35 states and more than 20 countries.

Elmira College’s mission is to offer its students both liberal and professional education of sufficient breadth and depth to enable them to pursue successful, rewarding careers.

The college blends academic rigor, distinctive programs, and theory and practice beyond the classroom to prepare students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Academic programs are steeped in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, with special attention given to the refinement of communication skills and the exploration of world cultures.