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May 17, 2018

La Roche College Awards Student Academic Medalist

PITTSBURGH, May 17, 2018 – La Roche University graduate Lauren Villella received the Academic Medalist Award for achieving the highest GPA of the graduating class of 2018.

Ms. Villella said, “Receiving the Academic Medalist Award was a great honor and surprise. It means a great deal to me that my hard work and dedication to my studies paid off in such a memorable way.”

The Academic Medalist award is annually awarded to a full-time student who has attended La Roche for at least four years and graduates with the top overall GPA.

Ms. Villella, a 2014 graduate of Bishop Canevin High School, is the daughter of Anthony and Kim Villella. The Green Tree resident graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a minor in professional writing and journalism. This year she served as editor-in-chief of The La Roche Courier, the University’s student newspaper.

“All of the professors I had during my four years at La Roche contributed to my academic success,” Ms. Villella said. “I especially appreciate the professors who took the time to meet with me one-on-one to review material and who provided feedback on my papers and assignments.”

She will attend Carlow University in the fall to obtain a Master of Arts in student affairs and a Master of Science in professional counseling.


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.