Tracy Katherine Cole of Chester graduated summa cum laude from Christopher Newport University and was recognized by President Paul Trible for her 3.98 GPA...

Tracy Katherine Cole of Chester graduated summa cum laude from Christopher Newport University and was recognized by President Paul Trible for her 3.98 GPA during commencement exercises, ranking her No. 3 in the class.

The 89th Commencement, where CNU graduated its largest class of more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students, was held on the Great Lawn of the campus in Newport News, Va., on Saturday, May 9. The class also had the highest graduation rate – more than 70 percent – in the university’s history.

Tracy is a 2011 graduate of L. C. Bird High School and is the daughter of Terry and Penny Cole of Chester.