To celebrate the last four years of hard work, commitment and tear-jerking all-night study sessions, the Class of 2016 gathered for the 2016 Convocation ceremony on Thursday, May 5. Students received departmental awards and shared post-graduation plans.
As Lynch Auditorium is no more, 2016 Convocation took place in the Church of the Incarnation. Provost C.W. Eaker welcomed seniors with an opening address, followed by an announcement from both Associate Dean of Constantin College Scott Crider and Associate Dean of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Susan Rhame.
"Convocation is my favorite event of the year—other than classes!” said Crider. “During the ceremony, teachers recognize students at the end of their education with us, and students recognize their class (a distinct circle of friends in life), their teachers, and the special form of life we have all shared as it comes to a close."
Altogether, there were an estimated 270 seniors at Convocation.
Departmental Awards & Honors
Comprehensive Exam with Distinction: Christina M. Barsoum, Sophia T. Bianchi, Sandra P. Boettcher, Mary T. Deschler, Natalie R. Kitten, Karen Nguyen, Maria G. Schena, Katherine M. Wisowaty
Robert Lynch Entrepreneurial Promise Award: Justin Schwartz
Robert A. Welch Undergraduate Research Chemistry Award: Matthew G. Cyr, Ngoc M. Phan
Father Placid Csizmazia Award: Lucie M. Buisson, Laurel Anne Johnson, Joseph M. Malone
Outstanding Student Achievement Award: Laura J. Guerra
James D. Teller Award for Outstanding Student: Shannon D. Duggan
The Frances Marie Manning Award: Ann C. Kuehl
The Katherine Maren Sorensen Award: Anne K. Ryland
Father Louis J. Lekai Award: Maria T. Johnson
John Sommerfeldt Sr. Thesis Award: Mira E. Ebersole, Maria T. Johnson, Andrew R. Narduzzi
Outstanding Math Major Award: Joseph M. Andrews
Italian Program Award: Rosalinda Perez
Spanish Program Award: Carolyn A. Mobus
Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord Award: Lindee McNutt Greer
Father Thomas Cain Aquinas Medal: Connor A. Rhodes
Monostori Scholar Award: Mary Alice Zischkau
Joe Neuhoff Award: Ramses O. Gonzalez
The Willmoore Kendall Award in Political Philosophy: Christopher C. Fiore
Politics Comps with Distinction: Andrew M. Bugos, Jason P. Britsch
Adrian Van Kaam Award: Miranda L. Eastham
Father David L. Balás Outstanding Theology Student Award: John A. Stein
A reception followed in the Gorman Faculty Lounge and Constantin Garden.
Graduating seniors will receive their degrees on Sunday, May 15, during the 2016 Commencement Ceremony for the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business undergraduate program, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the School of Ministry.