Student Pinnacle Winners

The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduating student. One student from each campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University will be honored.

Student Pinnacle Winner - Florham Campus

Melissa Orlando

Melissa OrlandoMelissa Orlando, of Washington, Warren County, N.J., will graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in chemistry with a minor in Spanish. In the five-year BS/MS program for chemistry, she will finish her master in science in pharmaceutical chemistry in fall 2017 — one semester early. Orlando was president of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chapter of the Chemistry Honor Society, president of the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, a University Honors Program member, a student-athlete on the women’s soccer team, a mentor in the Becton College Leadership Network and a tutor and laboratory assistant for chemistry courses. This summer, she will work as a synthetic chemist at Pfizer Inc. and plans to work as a discovery chemist in the pharmaceutical industry upon completion of her master’s degree in the fall.

Student Pinnacle Winner - Metropolitan Campus

Greih Yvonne Wilson-McClain

Greih Wilson-McClainGreih Yvonne Wilson-McClain, of Danbury, Conn., will graduate cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration with a minor in global and cultural studies. She was president of the Lambda Theta Alpha Latin sorority, a member of the University Honors Program, an orientation leader, a resident assistant and a mentor for the COMPASS program. Wilson-McClain will finish her MBA in marketing at FDU in May 2018.

Student Pinnacle Winner - Vancouver Campus

Carlos Martell Ayala

Carlos Martell AyalaCarlos Martell Ayala, born in El Salvador, will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in information technology with a minor in business administration. During his time on campus, he was a member of Toastmasters, served as president of the Student Government Association and was selected as a delegate representing FDU as part of the award-winning team that represented Samoa at the 2017 National Model United Nations in New York. In El Salvador, Martell Ayala volunteered with TECHO, Glasswing and Starbucks El Salvador. After graduation, he expects to stay in Canada to develop his career at Cloudreach, a local internet cloud provider, where he interned for six months during his last semester at FDU.