More than 1,800 Lehigh University students were awarded bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees on May 20 during the 145th spring commencement ceremonies at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem.

Bill Nye, executive director of The Planetary Society, the world's largest space interest organization, and host of three television series, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, delivered the address. He challenged the Class of 2013 to nurture the "joy of discovery" and bring their talents, insights and education to bear in solving the world's most complex problems.

Local graduates include:

Ÿ Michael Berger, Lehighton, who received a B.S. in electrical engineering

Ÿ Alyssa Newman, Lehighton, who received a master of education

Ÿ Jenimida Christiansen, New Tripoli, who received a master of education

Ÿ Kevin Lenhart, New Tripoli, who received a master of education