SELINSGROVE - Five local students receive degrees as Susquehanna University closed its 156th academic year with annual commencement exercises May 11.

Skyler Deitrick, of Coal Township, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He is a son of Lon Deitrick and Tracy Moore and a graduate of Shamokin Area High School.

Joshua Druckenmiller, of Paxinos, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. He is a son of Robert and Diana Druckenmiller and a graduate of Shamokin Area High School.

Maria Getchey, of Coal Township, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with an early childhood education emphasis. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Getchey and a graduate of Lourdes Regional High School.

Hunter Hoffman, of Dornsife, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and physic. He is a son of Kenneth and Diane Hoffman and a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School High School. Hoffman's activities at Susquehanna included Phi Mu Delta Mu Alpha Chapter, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honors Society, Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and being a Society of Physics Student. He was named to the Order of Omega National Greek Honors Soceity and Who's Who Among Amerian College and University Students, and was the recipient of the ACS Undergraduate Biochemistry Award.

Clayton Pollard, of Sunbury, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. He is a son of Paul and Rita Pollard and a graduate of Line Mountain High School.

In honor of the university's new Susquehanna Traditions program launched at the start of the academic year, the Class of 2014 was the first to receive a pin engraved with a ginkgo leaf upon graduation. The ginkgo tree, which grows on campus, represents the strength of the Susquehanna community and the lifelong connection graduates have to the institution. In his commencement address, Dr. Glenn D. Steele Jr., president and CEO of Geisinger Health Systems, encouraged the graduates to always keep a piece of the community with them, and to remain positive in the face of the changes and challenges ahead.

Susquehanna conferred degrees upon 493 students in the field house of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.