2020 Commencement Awards

Capstone Experience Awards

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.

  • Biology
    Hanna Degefu
  • Business Administration
    Jacob Campbell, Alan Cavossa, Kelsey Judkins, Shania Perham, Anne Sattler, Christian Smith
  • Child Development
    Annie Lewis
  • Child Development Ed. Prep.
    Julia Roy
  • Communication Studies
    Anders Wickstrom
  • Creative Writing
    Ethan Sabatella
  • English
    Zachary Allen
  • Environmental Science
    William Astle
  • Environmental Studies
    Abigail Shute
  • Exercise and Sport Sciences
    Courtney Couture, Alison Fairbairn, Kathryn Harris, Cody Wilson
  • Graphic Design B.A.
    Madeleine Beaulieu
  • Graphic Design B.F.A.
    Samuel Thomas
  • History and Political Studies
    Ariel Donnelly
  • Nursing
    Bailey Bourque, Katelyn Butler, McKenna Gould-Murray, Veronika Raczak, Marissa Williams
  • Psychology
    Mackenzie Rokes
  • Public Health
    Bryanna Parker
  • Sociology
    Anna Masters
  • Studio Art B.A.
    Paige Benshemer
  • Studio Art B.F.A.
    Hannah Barrett

Baccalaureate Awards

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.

  • Athletic Training
    Jesse Corriveau
  • Biology
    Kathryn Bischoff
  • Business Administration
    Dr. Margaret “Marnie” Kurtz Award
    Bronsen Stevens
  • Child Development
    Annie Lewis
  • Child Development – Ed. Prep.
    Cheyann Ellis
  • Communication Studies
    Katie Shippa
  • Creative Writing
    Ashley Cheviot
  • English
    Carl M. Cochran Award
    Zachary Allen
  • Environmental Science
    Taylor Devaney
  • Environmental Studies
    Nathan Lavigne
  • Exercise Science
    Alison Fairbairn
  • Graphic Design – B.A.
    Madeleine Beaulieu
  • Graphic Design – B.F.A.
    Carrie LeBeau
  • History and Political Studies
    Heather Howell
  • Nursing
    Grace Adella Sheldon Graves Award
    Abigail Cooke
  • Psychology
    Mackenzie Rokes
  • Public Health
    Lila Bradley
  • Sociology
    Anna Masters
  • Sport Management
    Cody Wilson
  • Studio Art – B.A.
    Paige Benshemer
  • Studio Art – B.F.A.
    Taylor Balla

Academic Honors

Guy Floyd Williams Award

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.

  • Kathryn Bischoff
Alpha Chi Award

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.

  • Sarah Auer
Alpha Chi National College Honor Society

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.

  • Zachary Allen
  • Sarah Auer
  • Kathryn Bischoff
  • Bailey Bourque
  • Amanda Couture
  • Hanna Degefu
  • Kristen Donaghey
  • Nathnael Feleke
  • Imani Gaetjens-Oleson
  • Kathryn Harris
  • Devyn Heathcote
  • Heather Howell
  • Laura Kontoules
  • Shania Perham
  • MacKenzie Rokes
  • Bronsen Stevens
  • Susan Ward
  • Cody Wilson
Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

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.

  • Clare Brady
  • Kara Fortier
  • Yianno Kouyoumdjian
  • Daniel Munger
  • Ahamad Raji
  • Jakeb Vierzen
Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society

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.

  • Jesse Corriveau
Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

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.

  • Katie Shippa
Psi Chi Honor Society

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.

  • Rebecca Thomas
  • Aja Rose Flannery
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

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.

  • Bailey Bourque
  • Noah Clay
  • Abigail Cooke
  • Amanda Couture
  • Nathnael Feleke
  • Imani Gaetjens-Oleson
  • Daniel Gillis
  • Jessica Miles
  • Alexandra Paquette
  • Molly Schroder
  • Megan Spainhower
  • Shae-Lyn Walker
  • Marissa Williams
Wesson Honors Program

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.

  • Zachary Allen
  • Sarah Auer
  • Paige Benshemer
  • Bailey Bourque
  • Ashley Cheviot
  • Abigail Cooke
  • Amanda Couture
  • Alison Fairbairn
  • Nathnael Feleke
  • Imani Gaetjens-Oleson
  • Lexie Hamilton
  • Kathryn Harris
  • Heather Howell
  • Carrie LeBeau
  • Kelsi Maddock
  • Melanie Patria
  • Christian Smith
  • Annaliese Volckaert
  • Cody Wilson

Student Recognition & Leadership Awards

Gula Graves Plummer Award

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.

  • Ethan Sabatella
Sophomore And Junior Class Academic Awards

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.

  • Juniors: Anette Helin and Shelby Kantor
  • Sophomore: Annalina Grace Christen
Senior achievement award

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.

  • Christian Smith
Ann Gulick Award

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.

  • Nina Hills
Barbara Johnson Stearns Award

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.

  • Nathnael Feleke
Graduate Award

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.

  • Jacob Feinberg

Student Government Awards

Senior Class Officer Awards

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.

  • Jack Alissi, treasurer
  • Anna Masters, president
  • Iman Mouzinho, vice president
  • Pierre Widvine, secretary
Senior Class Student Government Association Awards

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.

  • Jacob Feinberg, secretary
  • Nathnael Feleke, treasurer
  • William Madden, senator
  • Bronsen Stevens, president
  • Pierre Widvine, senator

Faculty Award

Nancy Beyer Opler Award for Excellence In Advising

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.

  • Amy Lyon
    Assistant Professor
    School of Business & Social Sciences

Presidential Purchase Award

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.

  • Taylor Balla ’20
  • Lillian Price ’20

Commencement Awards

Susan Colgate Cleveland Medal for Distinguished Service

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.

  • Ann Page Stecker
    Professor of Humanities, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Patrick Anderson
    Professor of Humanities, School of Arts & Sciences
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

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.

  • Natalie Davis Rooke ’48, P ’73
Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching

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.

  • Lynn J. Garrioch
    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award

The David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award is presented to the graduate who ranks highest in scholarship among those in the graduating class.

  • Bailey Bourque
  • Laura Kontoules
Colby-Sawyer Award

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.

  • Nichelle Cousin ’20
Senior Commencement Speaker

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.

  • Nathnael Feleke