Utica College Names Valedictorian, Two Salutatorians

2019 UC Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Top students of the graduating undergraduate class of 2020 announced

Nicole Collette 20

Utica College Provost Todd Pfannestiel has announced that Nicole Collette is this year’s valedictorian. An animal behavior major, Collette earned a 4.00 grade point average (GPA). A graduate of Stillwater High School, she is the daughter of Trish Gifford and Mickey Collette. This past semester, Collette interned at New Orleans Audubon Zoo, training sea lions, until the zoo was forced to close due to COVID 19.

The college has named two salutatorians, Caleb Davisson and Adam Lyford.

Caleb Davisson 20

Davisson, an accounting major, has earned a 4.00 GPA. Hailing from Clarence, Iowa, he is a graduate of North Cedar High School in Stanwood, Iowa. The son of Larry and Ellen Elijah, Davisson is enrolled in UC’s MBA program earning the 150 credit hours required to sit for New York State’s Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. He works as an assistant accountant auditor at The Bonadio Group in Syracuse.

Adam Lyford 20

Lyford, a cybersecurity major who also earned a 4.00 GPA, is from West Kingston, Rhode Island. A graduate of South Kingston High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in resource economics from UMass Amherst. The son of Tim and Laurie Lyford, he is married to Jessica Lyford. He plans to apply to UC’s masters in cybersecurity program, and is seeking a position in cybersecurity.

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