We're just over one week away from the Class of 2021 Commencement on Friday, May 7! Before we look forward to all the amazing things this class will do as graduates, let's take a moment to look back on some of the amazing things they've done as students.
Yesterday, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) recognized dozens of outstanding 2021 graduates for winning Baccalaureate Awards. During a virtual ceremony, CLA Dean Richard Deeg congratulated the winners.
"I think it fair to say that all of you are bound together by a joy of thinking about everything," said Dean Deeg," by a desire to solve problems, by an eagerness to ask questions and to expand our knowledge but also by a desire to listen and learn and to seek the advice of peers, mentors, professors and advisors. These are the truest ideals of scholarship that you, the students celebrated today, represent."
The dean also thanked CLA's faculty, support staff and professional development team for helping the winners reach these achievements and noted how proud they are to see the students win awards.
During the ceremony, Political Science Award for Excellence winner Tylir Fowler remarked that, "the thing I'll remember most is the amount of support and encouragement I received from the faculty."
For her part, Michael V. Gallagher Memorial Award in Criminal Justice winner Victoria Silva took a moment to name drop CJ 3504: Hate Crimes as her most impactful course. "I was not only able to learn about hate crimes themselves," said Silva," but how they're viewed in society and the implications they have on each and every one of us."
Naturally, the winners couldn't get through the ceremony without at least one mention of how challenging the past year and half of the Class of 2021's college career was.
"The thing that I'll most remember about my Temple experience," recalled Sociology Prize winner Emily Joyce Wilson, "will definitely be studying abroad in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Congratulations to CLA's Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Award winners!
- Michelle Abdurakhmanova, Rose Kibrick Katz Student Advisor Award
- Diamond Anderson, Anne S. and Harold M. Zimmerman Award
- Michael Buzzard, Randy and Samantha Deglin Memorial Award
- Jamar Carter, Religion Department Merit Prize
- Sara Chester, Henry N. Michael Prize in Geography and Urban Studies
- Zamira Chevrestt, Claude C. and Mary Carson Bowman Award
- Frida Clark, Barbara Brownstein Prize in Women's Studies Edith Windsor Fund
- Emily Collopy, Mary Procida Prize in Gender and History
- Ivyanna Colon-Greider, Knudson Journalism and Latin American Studies Award & Kristina Joanne Chelius Award
- Amber Colquhoun, Shirley Graham Du Bois Award for Academic Excellence
- Daisy Confoy, Political Science Award for Excellence
- Kyle Cruz, Delaware Valley Geographical Association Award
- Michael Daulerio, Psychology Prize
- Olivia DeMarco, Political Science Scholastic Prize
- Camille Desierto, Criminal Justice Excellence Award
- Zakk Drumm, Thomas Meyer Memorial Award
- Nikki Fackler, Clifford M. Kliger Memorial Award
- Patricia Fernandez, Diaz-Valenzuela Award
- Sarah Fitzgerald, The Nelsi Beato Award
- Emily Foster, John S. Kramer Memorial Award
- Teegan Foti, Criminal Justice Excellence Award & Neysa and Arlin Adams Prize for Excellence in Pre-Law Studies
- Tylir Fowler, Political Science Award for Excellence
- Corey Gallagher, The Edith Windsor Fund
- Diana Gavrykh, Ronald C. Schwarzkopf Award in Political Science
- Janay Greene, Arthur N. Cook Award in History
- Erik Helland, German Professors' Prize
- Grace Johnston, Geography and Urban Studies Department Award for Outstanding Achievement
- Jay'ana King, Clifford M. Kliger Memorial Award & Irving J. Leder and Beatrice Deglin Leder Award
- Zachary Laws, Carolyn Adams Award in Geography and Urban Studies
- Jessica Levine, Religion Department Prize for Academic Excellence
- Maya Levy, Samuel and Esther Goldin Award in Jewish Studies
- Emma Lomicky, Patrick Socking Memorial Prize
- Emily Mahon, Psychology Department Service Recognition Award
- Bryan Marengo, Ira Lawrence Family Award
- Rebecca Masgai, Professor Nicholas Vlachos Memorial Award
- Haley McClary, Marthe LaValée-Williams Leadership Prize in French
- Megan McGuire, Criminal Justice Service Award
- Italia Messina, Political Science Merit Prize
- Megan Muller, Sigma Delta Pi Prize
- Chaitanya Nimmagadda, Milton Moses Memorial Award in Anthropology
- Callum Orme, Thomas Meyer Memorial Award & Robert R. Liversidge, III Memorial Award
- Candace Price, Loretta C. Duckworth Prize
- Juliette Rice, The Edith Windsor Fund
- Melvin Saravia, Benjamin and Irma Robboy Award in Sociology
- Victoria Silva, Michael V. Gallagher Memorial Award in Criminal Justice
- Alexis Smith, Marks and Emma Kohn Memorial Award
- Dylan Stephens, Chief Inspector Vincent J. Greene, Sr. Memorial Award
- Thomas Stewart, Patrick Stocking Memorial Prize
- Ali Tintera, Norman and Ruth Sun Memorial Award in Economics & Kristina Joanne Chelius Award
- Aniyah Veal, Kenneth E. Williams Memorial Award
- Sarah Waddington, Political Science Scholastic Prize
- Maya Williams, Robert K. Merton Prize by Leonard Mellman
- Emily Joyce Wilson, Sociology Prize
- Elizabeth Yi, Andrea Pearlman Price Pre-Medical Award
- Melissa Ziegler, Robert J. Mason Environmental Studies Award