ALLENTOWN, PA -- Muhlenberg College held its 170th baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies on May 17 and 18. A total of 519 degrees were awarded to 511 students, and 267 students in the Class of 2018 graduated with honors and distinctions.

Two local students are among the graduates:

  • Brian Heath of Scotch Plains, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance
  • Samantha Tropper of Scotch Plains, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Creative Writing

The College also conferred honorary degrees to commencement speaker Dr. Robert D. Loeffler '70, composer Morten Lauridsen, public policy advocate Heather C. McGhee, and humanitarian Elissa Montanti.

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Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college located in Allentown, PA. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences as well as selected pre-professional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health. The College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A member of the Centennial Conference, Muhlenberg competes in 22 varsity sports. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.