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Four graduates honored as tops in their academic fields

Four graduating seniors were honored during Alfred University’s Commencement exercises Saturday (May 14) morning at the McLane Center on campus.

At the top of the Class of 2011 and outstanding academic senior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is Sonrisa Ann Crespin, a history major from Burlington, NJ, who earned a 3.97 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0 during her four years at Alfred University. Crespin is a graduate of Burlington Township High School.

A daughter of David Crespin and Susan Elliott-Crespin, she earned a bachelor of arts degree. Crespin is also a granddaughter of former AU trustee, Frank Elliott, a member of the Class of 1949. Mr. Elliott served on the board from 1968-70, resigning after he became president of Rider College in New Jersey. A historian, Mr. Elliott received an honorary degree from Alfred University on Founder’s Day 1972.

Kaleb Von Berg earned a 3.94 and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering. Von Berg, of Unadilla, is a son of Karl and Laura Von Berg and a graduate of Keystone National High School.

Brandi Elizabeth Scott of Avoca, majored in accounting and earned a 3.88 GPA in pursuit of a bachelor of science degree. Scott is a daughter of Stephen and Bonnie Scott and a graduate of Avoca Central School.

Tara Jacqueline Hagen, an art and design major from Rochester, earned a 3.83 GPA on her way to receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree. Hagen is a daughter of Fred and Susan Hagen and a graduate of School of the Arts, Rochester.

All four students were seated on the Commencement platform and recognized during the ceremony.

Top students are selected by the University Registrar, Larry Casey, based upon a minimum of 60 “GPA hours.” Any courses transferred into AU are included in the calculation. Double-degree candidates may be honored for their work in either college or school.

Founded in 1836, Alfred University became the first coeducational institution in New York State and the second in the nation. About 2,000 full-time undergraduate and 400 graduate students work and live in 52 buildings on a scenic 232-acre hillside campus adjoining the village of Alfred.

The nonsectarian University is comprised of the privately endowed AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as the NYS College of Ceramics (Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering and the School of Art and Design). Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are awarded.