A Lincolnton student at Davidson College, Ashton Ritter, was one of 447 seniors to graduate in Commencement exercises on May 19.
Ritter is the daughter of William and Lesa Ritter of North Oak Street, and is a graduate of Lincolnton High School. An English major at Davidson with an academic concentration in premedical studies, Ritter earned the Bachelor of Arts degree.
While at Davidson, Ritter was vice president for the Pre-Physician’s Assistant Society, and served as “House Mom” and secretary of Connor Eating House. She co-chaired the catering committee for Connor’s annual “Bosom Buddies” fundraiser for breast cancer research. She was an associate member of the Alpha Delta Epsilon pre-medical honor society, and volunteered as a lab technician at the local Free Clinic. Ritter also studied abroad at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institution in Florence, Italy, in the fall of 2011.
After graduation she plans to work as a session assistant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering CancerCenter in Midtown Manhattan. Eventually she plans to apply to medical school or a graduate program that offers a medical-related degree. Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,900 students located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson. Since its establishment in 1837 by Presbyterians, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Through The Davidson Trust, the college became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Davidson competes in NCAA athletics at the Division I level, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at the college.