Karina Harris, a 2007 graduate of Encinal High School, has been named one of Fresno State University's eight Dean's Graduate Medalists for the class of 2014.

Harris, of Oakland, a student in the College of Health and Human Services, completed a master's degree with a 4.0 GPA in arts in communicative disorders with speech-language pathology option.

She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Tokalon Women's Honor Society. She received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority in 2011 and the Jumpstart SPARK award in 2012. She also received recognition three years in a row from the Evening of Elegance Scholarship.

Selected from hundreds of Jumpstart tutors throughout the country, she was the recipient of the 2009 America Spirit of Service Award. Her experience as a student clinician at Hoover High School, Ahwahnee Middle School, Community Regional Medical Center and the Fresno State Speech Language and Hearing Clinic provided a firm foundation from which to launch her professional career. She is dedicated to the field of speech-language pathology, as evidenced by her desire to work with the deaf and hearing-impaired population before pursuing a doctoral degree.

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    Alicia Halpern, of Alameda, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Halpern was initiated at UC Davis.

    Halpern is among about 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

    Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines.

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    Josephine Orlandella, of Alameda, received a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, at Skidmore College during the college's 103rd commencement May 17 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Sarasota Springs, N.Y.

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    Kimberly Herring, of Alameda, graduated from Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, with a bachelor of arts degree in business management.

    Ohio Christian University was founded in 1948 and is one of the fastest-growing universities in the nation.

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    Daniel Burlingame, of Alameda, was among 344 Dordt College students was were awarded diplomas at the 2014 commencement ceremony May 9 in the B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center, Iowa.

    Burlingame graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice. He has a minor in psychology. Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition.

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    Ligen Ouyang, of Alameda, a graduate of Alameda High School, will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the Class of 2018. Ouyang, who will major in business, will begin studying at Clarkson in the fall.

    "We look forward to having Ligen join us on campus in August," said Dean of Admissions Brian T. Grant.

    One in five Clarkson University alumni leads as a CEO, vice president or equivalent senior executive of a company.

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    During its 110th commencement exercises on May 18, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, awarded 544 bachelor's degrees, 472 master's and 24 doctoral degrees. The following local students received degrees:

    Alexander T. Nguyen, of Alameda, received a bachelor of arts in international development and social change.

    Hillary L. Sullivan, of Alameda, received a master of science degree in biology.

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    Garren Orr of Alameda, graduated cum laude from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 11. Orr earned a bachelor's of science degree in marketing communications.

    Located in Boston, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city's Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning.