UC Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian

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Written By Victoria Cruz-Griffith '12, PR Intern

Congratulations to Raymond Fryc, Meredith Merchant


Utica, NY (05/07/2012)
- Judith Kirkpatrick, provost of Utica College, has named Raymond Fryc as valedictorian and Meredith Merchant as salutatorian for the class of 2012.

Fryc will address the graduating class of 2012, faculty and guests during the undergraduate commencement ceremony, which will be held Sunday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Fryc is completing his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He currently maintains a 3.99 grade-point average with a mathematics major grade-point average of 4.00. He has also earned a certification in childhood and special education. Upon graduation, Fryc will attend Binghamton University where he has been accepted into the mathematics doctoral program. He has been awarded a teaching assistantship at Binghamton and hopes to pursue a teaching career as a professor and to continue working with young students.  A native of New York Mills, he is the son of Richard Fryc, and Laura and Joseph Hill.

Merchant is completing her bachelor’s degree in health studies. She currently maintains a 3.98 grade-point average. Merchant is will continue in the doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at UC. She plans to graduate with her doctorate in May of 2014 and hopes to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy. She is the daughter of MaryEllen and Kevin Merchant of Rome.


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