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Widener Announces Undergraduate Valedictorian, Salutatorians and Student Commencement Speaker

Undergraduate commencement

The valedictorian, salutatorians and President's Award recipient will address the class of 2018 at commencement.

Chester, Pa. - As Widener University prepares to award diplomas to more than 830 undergraduates, the university is pleased to announce the class of 2018’s academic leaders and the graduate who will address the class.

The undergraduate ceremony will take place rain or shine Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. on Memorial Field. Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend both ceremonies. Press parking and seating can be reserved in advance of the event. Please contact Mary Allen, director of communications, at or 610-499-4246 to make arrangements.

Tulsi Patel of Folsom, Pa. will be the student speaker at commencement. She is the 2018 recipient of the President’s Award, given annually to the senior who has contributed the most to campus life through scholarship and participation in extracurricular activities. The President’s Award recipient traditionally serves as the ceremony’s student speaker.

Patel is the daughter of Kirti and Jagruti Patel of Folsom. She graduated from Ridley High School. Patel pursued a double major in biomedical engineering and computer science, and a double minor in mechanical engineering and mathematics. She has accepted a position as a computer systems validation engineer at Integrated Project Services (IPS) in New Jersey.

Emma Irving of Hummelstown, Pa. is valedictorian. An alumna of Lower Dauphin High School, Irving is the daughter of Debra Macut and Fred Irving of Hummelstown. Irving, who majored in English, plans to do a summer internship at Green Writers Press in Vermont and pursue permanent work with a Philadelphia community arts program.

The class of 2018 has co-salutatorians: Jennifer Rohrbach and Jeffrey Lord.

Rohrbach is the daughter of Elizabeth and Bruce Rohrbach of Kutztown, Pa. She is a graduate of Kutztown High School and she majored in English and creative writing at Widener. Rohrbach will attend Emerson College to pursue a master’s degree in publishing and writing.

Lord is the son of Jeff and Stacy Lord of Springfield, Pa. He is a graduate of Springfield High School and. he majored in computer science at Widener. Lord has accepted a full-time position at SAP, a business software company in Newtown Square.

A group photo of all the students is available for download here.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,