SCRANTON — David Yatsonsky of Jefferson Township graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton's Honors Program, which is one of the Jesuit university's programs of excellence.

Students in the Honors Program pursue a rigorous education that stresses independent work through close engagement with professors and other honors students, including the preparation, presentation and defense of a research or creative project during their senior year.

A biochemistry, cellular, molecular biology major, Yatsonsky's thesis was "Phenylarsine Oxide Inhibition of Growth via Selective Vicinal Thiol Crosss-Linking in Saccharomyces cerevisiae", completed with the guidance of faculty mentor Timothy Foley, Ph.D., professor of chemistry.

Photo Caption: The University of Scranton's class of 2017 Honors Program graduates gathered on campus during commencement week.