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Dylan Marks, of Westminster, graduated from Coker College, Hartsville, S.C., May 14 with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education (exercise science).

The following students from the area have been named to the dean's list at Frostburg State University in recognition of outstanding academic achievement for the spring 2016 semester. To be eligible, a student must undertake a minimum of 12 credit hours and earn a cumulative semester grade point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. Joseph Becraft, of New Windsor; Collin Beder, of Westminster; Melanie Bell, of Sykesville, 4.0 grade point average; Zachary Dowling, of Westminster; Brooke Ende, of Sykesville; Nathan Engle, of Eldersburg; Katie Epps, of Sykesville; Logan Ewen, of Hampstead; Shannon Farley, of Sykesville, 4.0 grade point average; Katherine Garst, of Union Bridge, 4.0 grade point average; Andrew Hurst, of Sykesville; Imani Jones, of Sykesville; Lacey Jones, of Westminster; Garrett Kemery, of Taneytown; Brendan Krivak, of Hampstead, 4.0 grade point average; Neil LaDow, of Eldersburg, 4.0 grade point average; Sarah Maggitti, of Westminster, 4.0 grade point average; Samantha Mannas, of Sykesville; Kelsey Meadows, of Sykesville, 4.0 grade point average; Alexander Nichols, of Sykesville; Zachary Nies, of Sykesville, 4.0 grade point average; Eric O'Neal, of Sykesville, 4.0 grade point average; Jessica Prejean, of Westminster; Rebecca Reimer, of Taneytown, 4.0 grade point average; Abbey Rigney, of Hampstead, 4.0 grade point average; Michelle Rogers, of Westminster; Erickson Schmidt, of Eldersburg; Allison Short, of Hampstead, 4.0 grade point average; Jacob Turskey, of Sykesville; Amy Virostek, of Westminster, 4.0 grade point average; Taylor Wade, of New Windsor, 4.0 grade point average; Aili Wade, of New Windsor; Jessica Warren, of Westminster; Sabrina Wasfi, of Eldersburg; Garrett Wiles, of Union Bridge; Emily Wood, of Taneytown; Blake Zeberlein, of Westminster, 4.0 grade point average.

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Meaghan Hart, of Sykesville, graduated from Tulane University's School of Science and Engineering, with a Bachelor Science Engineering. The New Orleans, La., school held its commencement May 14.

Mercer University conferred bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to nearly 2,000 students representing all 12 schools and colleges at five ceremonies during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, Ga. The following area residents were among the students who graduated: David Mathew Lucas, of Eldersburg, School of Engineering, Bachelor of Science in engineering; and Adam Rausch, of Hampstead, College of Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts.

Lycoming College students Mariah Durrant, of Manchseter, a rising junior with a major in chemistry; and Kevin Peck, of Taneytown, a rising senior with a major in ecology, were part of a group from a tropical marine biology May term course who traveled to the Roatan Institute of Marine Science, a private teaching and research lab off the eastern coast of Honduras, along the southern edge of the Mesoamerican reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Students learned more about data collection methods using an underwater transect line to collect data on the percentage of live corals and those covered by algae as part of the institute's reef monitoring project. They also completed 12 dives over six days. Lectures throughout the trip helped students better understand the impacts of global warming, ocean acidification, coral diseases and the effects of the invasive lion fish on the reef ecosystem. Field trips included a tropical forest and garden ecology tour, a zip-line canopy tour and hikes.

Aisha Uddin, of Hampstead, has been named to the spring 2016 dean's list at University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, Pa. Selection is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a C and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the spring of 2016. Uddin is a doctor of pharmacy student.

The following local students have been named to Alvernia University's dean's list for the spring 2016 semester. To be eligible, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credits. Local honorees include: Emily Kelly, of Westminster, studying middle level education in English, language & reading, is a graduate of Seton Keough High School. Makenzie Quinn, of Taneytown, is studying athletic training and is a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School.

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