The Capstone experience is interdisciplinary and differs for each student. In the Capstone, each graduating student demonstrates his or her learning by effectively communicating that knowledge to others during the Susan Colby Colgate Scholars’ Symposium.
Baccalaureate awards are presented to the graduating students in each program who are selected by the faculty for their engagement and excellence within the major. Recipients must be fulltime baccalaureate students and have completed at least 50 percent of their credits for graduation while attending Colby-Sawyer.
The Guy Floyd Williams Award is presented to a graduating science major who has helped to maintain and perpetuate the ideals of the college during the graduate’s years at Colby-Sawyer and who, through appropriate conduct, scholarship and decorum, has exemplified the spirit of the college.
The Alpha Chi Award is given to one or more graduating students who, in the eyes of the members of Alpha Chi, best exemplifies the ideals of the society – truth and character – through work at the college in support of chapter activities.
The Colby-Sawyer College chapter of this national honor society recognizes the academic achievement of juniors and seniors. To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the top 10 percent of the junior or senior class and demonstrate the Alpha Chi values of truth and character. Honor cords of blue and green are worn by graduates, as well as a tassel of gold to denote Latin honors.
The Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in business, founded in 1913, recognizes and encourages the academic excellence of business students enrolled in qualified business programs. Graduating students wear a gold and purple honor cord at Commencement, as well as a tassel of gold to denote Latin honors.
The purpose of this honor society is to promote, recognize and encourage outstanding scholarly achievement of students enrolled in the athletic training education major. Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Honor cords of red, yellow and blue are worn by graduates, as well as a tassel of gold to denote Latin honors.
The purpose of this national honor society in communication studies is to foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of communication. Members must have completed 60 credit hours, with 12 in communication studies courses; have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in communication studies courses; and rank in the top 30 percent of their class. Honor cords of red and white are worn by graduates, as well as a tassel of gold to denote Latin honors.
The purpose of this international honor society in psychology is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. Members must rank in the top 35 percent of their class, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.2 in psychology courses. They must have completed at least three college semesters and nine credits of psychology courses and be enrolled in a program of study with strong psychological content. Honor cords of platinum and dark blue are worn by graduates, as well as a tassel of gold to denote Latin honors.
The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Sigma Theta Tau International’s vision is to be the global organization of choice for nursing. Honor cords of lavender and white are worn by graduates, as well as a tassel of gold to denote Latin honors.
The Wesson Honors Program is designed to provide highly motivated students with an optional intensive experience in the liberal arts. On completion of honors courses and a Capstone, graduating students receive an honors certificate, a blue and white honors cord and the designation Wesson Honors Program is added to their diplomas and transcripts, as well as a tassel of gold to denote honors.
This award is granted to the student or students who have distinguished themselves through the exercise of spiritual and/or moral leadership in the college community, or through academic work informed by their religious commitments.
Awards are presented by the college each spring to the sophomore and junior students who rank highest in scholarship in the appropriate class. The recipients of these awards must be fulltime students who have completed at least 50 percent of their credits at Colby-Sawyer.
This award is presented each year to a graduate who have distinguished themselves through leadership in the co-curricular life of the college. The recipient is nominated by faculty and staff.
Established in memory of Ann Gulick ’54 by her classmates, this award is presented to the sophomore who best exemplifies, through voluntary service, the qualities of reliability, loyalty and unselfishness. The recipient of this award is chosen by vote of the sophomore class.
Established in honor of a member of the Class of 1932, this award honors a student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the college community.
The Graduate Award is presented each spring to the member of the graduating class whose character and influence most constructively affected the majority of the junior class members. The recipient of this award is chosen by the junior class.
President, vice-president, treasurer and secretary senior class officers promote class unity and support class initiatives. Sashes of gold are worn at Commencement by graduates who are senior class officers.
Student Government Association (SGA) officers represent the best interests of the Colby-Sawyer College student body. Sashes of gold are worn at Commencement by graduates who are Student Government Association officers.
The award recognizes a faculty member who is accessible to advisees, makes a meaningful connection with advisees, supports advisees in academic and professional planning and facilitates advisees’ adjustment to the community.
Each year, the president purchases, at her own expense, at least one piece of artwork from the Senior Art Exhibition and designates the work with a Presidential Purchase Award. This year two pieces were chosen, and both will be displayed in the Presidential Suite.
The Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal for Distinguished Service is the college’s highest honor. It is presented to individuals who exemplify Susan Colgate Cleveland’s attributes, ensuring that her work, dedication and influence will be remembered by future generations.
Colby-Sawyer’s Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree recognizes an individual of humanitarian character and superior intellect whose life and work have brought about positive, far-reaching consequences for individuals and organizations.
The Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching is the college’s highest teaching award. It recognizes the fundamental importance of the quality of teaching in determining the value of the educational process, supports faculty in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and leadership in the campus community, and celebrates those who dedicate themselves to the teaching profession. Presented annually to a faculty member who has made a distinct, positive difference in the college’s academic climate, the award honors the late Professor Jack Jensen, who, through his dedication to teaching, inspired faculty and students alike.
The David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award is presented to the graduate who ranks highest in scholarship among those in the graduating class.
The Colby-Sawyer Award is given to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of the college in personal dignity, intellectual growth, contribution to campus life and constructive influence on other students.
The Commencement Speaker Medal is presented to a student who represents the character of the graduating class and will give an inspirational and engaging speech that represents the college’s values and learning outcomes.