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Southern Lehigh Residents Graduate from DeSales University

Several area residents graduate during mid-year commencement.

From DeSales University:

The following area residents recently graduated from DeSales University:

Elizabeth Boorse of Center Valley, graduated with a bachelor's of science in nursing .

Leala Kuchera of Center Valley, graduated with a master's of business administration in management .

Robert Wildonger of Center Valley, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's of science in psychology .

Suzanne Dannenhower of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of arts in criminal justice in investigative forensics .

Lisa Dex of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of arts in education in academic standards K-6.

Patrick Fitzsimmons of Coopersburg, graduated with a bachelor's of science in nursing.

Jennifer Heckler of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of arts in education in teaching English.

Joseph Pearce of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of business administration in health care system management.

Vicki Siegfried of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of science in nursing in the family nurse practitioner track.

Kara Smith of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of science in physician assistant studies.

Lorri Tomko of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of business administration in in a self-designed track.

Edward Williams of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of arts in education in special education.

Michael Detwiler of Center Valley, graduated with a master's of business administration in management.

Dino Daddona of Coopersburg, graduated with a master's of business administration in accounting.

DeSales University held its mid-year commencement Saturday, Jan. 19, in Billera Hall on the Center Valley campus. During the ceremony, the Rev. Bernard F. O'Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, conferred degrees upon 156 graduating students for January 2013, including 92 bachelor's and 64 master's.

In addition to the January 2013 degree recipients, DeSales awarded 207 degrees to students in September 2012, including 73 bachelor's and 134 master's. Because there is no formal ceremony in September, the September graduates may take part in the January commencement.

The commencement address was delivered by Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin, who has served as district attorney since January 1998. He has more than 22 years' experience as a prosecutor and 40 years' experience as a trial lawyer.

During the ceremony, Anthony and Mary Martocci were acknowledged as the recipients of the DeSales Medal, the highest nonacademic award conferred by the university in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the development of the university through personal service as well as financial support.

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