BANGOR – Husson University announced that eight New England residents have been named as this year’s valedictorians. They are Kylie Donovan, Rachel Helmke, Emily Michaud, Julia O’Leary, Alyssa Prest, Alyssa Patterson, Elena Speronis, and Jacob Nevells.

“Our eight valedictorians and four salutatorians all achieved academic distinction by committing themselves to their studies and earning top marks,” said Husson University President Robert A. Clark, PhD, CFA. “These students all have a special dedication to excellence. Their hard work and sacrifice has made them worthy of recognition. I extend my congratulations to all of these students as they embark on the next step in their professional journey.”

The following individuals will be recognized as valedictorians during Husson University’s 123rd annual Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 7 at the Cross Insurance Center. All eight of these individuals completed their degrees with a perfect 4.0 grade point average:

Kylie Donovan from Calais is graduating with a bachelor of science in psychology from Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities.

Donovan

Rachel A. Helmke from South Windsor, Connecticut, in addition to earning a bachelor of science in communications with a concentration in live sound technology from the New England School of Communications, is graduating with a certificate in advanced post production.

Helmke

Emily Michaud from Fort Fairfield completed a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in management from Husson University’s College of Business.

Michaud

Jacob Nevells from Bangor completed a bachelor of science in secondary education with a concentration in English.

Nevells

Julia O’Leary from Bristol, Connecticut is graduating with a bachelor of science in healthcare administration and public health from Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities. After graduating O’Leary will be continuing her studies at Husson and pursuing a master of science in occupational therapy from the College of Health and Pharmacy.

O’Leary

Alyssa Patterson from Holden completed both a bachelor of science in hospitality and tourism management and a master of business administration with a concentration in hospitality and tourism management from Husson University’s College of Business.

Patterson

Alyssa Prest from Piermont, New Hampshire is graduating with a bachelor of science in healthcare administration and public health from the University’s College of Science and Humanities and going on to earn an MSOT degree from Husson’s College of Health and Pharmacy.

Prest

Elena Speronis from Bangor is the daughter of Lee Speronis, JD, BS, CHE, CHIA, CAHTA, the associate professor and director of the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management and the interim assistant dean of the College of Business, Speronisearned a bachelor of science in hospitality and tourism management.

Speronis

In addition to the eight valedictorians, Husson has four salutatorians with a grade point average of 3.992 who will be recognized at commencement ceremony. They are:

Giuseppe Gangitano of Edison, New Jersey earned a bachelor of science in legal studies with a concentration in pre-law and a Paralegal Certificate from the College of Business.

Micah Hallett of Bar Harbor is graduating with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Jordan Toner of Hampden is also graduating with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Maxwell Webster of Frankfort completed a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing management.

Husson’s graduation ceremonies will recognize individuals who have completed their degrees from Husson University’s College of Business, College of Health and Pharmacy, and College of Science and Humanities. As of April 15 Husson is scheduled to award 918 degrees to 844 students at this year’s Commencement.