Furman University awarded 697 undergraduate and master’s degrees and presented its top academic honors during graduation exercises May 6.

Darien residents Donald Palmer and Mary Petner, received, respectively, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science.

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio awarded 3,683 degrees to students, including five Darien natives, during spring commencement exercises May 13.

Lily Christensen received a Bachelor of Science cum laude in kinesiology and health, majoring in sport leadership and management; Ali McCann received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in strategic communication; Caroline McVey received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in strategic communication; Althea Perley received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in strategic communication; and Alison Treen received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude, majoring in professional writing.

For a second consecutive year, Hildi Todrin of Crane Song Photography, based in Stamford, and the Darien Sport Shop teamed up to present a “Mom and Me” fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut.

On May 6, portrait sessions were offered at the Darien Sport Shop for a donation of $100 each, with all of the money going to the organization. At the end of the day, $1,950 was raised to support Special Olympics Connecticut and its year-round sports and health programs for individuals of all abilities.

Two Darien natives were named to the dean’s list at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester. Students earned a semester grade point average of 3.77 or higher this spring to be included.

Kelley A. Fitzpatrick, a member of the class of 2018, attended Pomfret School and is the daughter of Jennifer Fitzpatrick of Darien. She majored in English.

Helen C. Watson, a member of the class of 2020, attended Darien High School and is the daughter of Gavin and Alice Watson of Darien. She majored in anthropology.

In Oxford, Ohio, Miami University students who are ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division for second semester have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic excellence: Emma Nolte, Kerry O’Brien, Carly Hubbard and Bradley Magnusson.

Two Darien natives enrolled during the spring semester at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of at least 3.5: Caroline Madeleine Koenitzer and Bailey Virginia Swiggett.

Laura Beckley McGee of Darien, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island.

To be included on the dean’s list, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality-point average.