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The Supreme Court’s ruling last week stating the administration improperly ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017 sent ripples across the Lehigh Valley. Advocates for DACA called the move a “win.” 
Damian Almonte never questioned his desire to attend Moravian College. Both his influential music teachers in the Bethlehem Area School District had graduated from there, and he wanted to become teachers like them, at the place they did.
The meetings that Damian Almonte and Amanda Dougherty were called into could’ve been for anything, really. But as it turns out, these weren’t for high school activities or academic discussions. Instead, they changed the two Bethlehem students’ lives, as a four-year-full-tuition scholarship was waiting inside those meetings.
Students who carry three or more course units during the fall or spring term and attain a GPA for the term of 3.50 or higher are placed on the Dean’s Honor List.
Moravian College President Bryon L. Grigsby ’90 will confer degrees to more than 500 bachelor degree candidates, 84 graduate degree candidates and 8 doctoral degree candidates. The Moravian Seminary also saw 27 graduates complete their degree and certificate programs during this academic year.
“Once again, two outstanding students from Freedom and Liberty High Schools have been selected for the superintendent’s scholarship,” said Bryon Grigsby, president of Moravian. “We’re confident they’ll follow in the footsteps of the scholarship’s previous winners and have a great experience at Moravian and not only excel academically, but get involved in campus and life and make their mark on the community.”
Damian Almonte, a graduating senior at Freedom High School and Amanda Dougherty, a graduating senior at Liberty High School, were the students chosen by a panel, which includes representatives from their respective high schools and Moravian College. 
In addition to launching the Online MBA program in the fall, Moravian has also announced the launch of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and MBA dual degree program, as well as the country’s first Online Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) and MBA dual degree program. 
The fall 2020 semester will see the introduction of the HyFlex course model (dual modality) for classes, which will feature some students learning online with others in a physical classroom on campus.
Moravian College was selected for this prestigious designation for its achievements through the college’s InFocus college-wide initiative.