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Undergraduate Commencement Awards

The Undergraduate Commencement Awards celebrate outstanding graduating seniors for their exceptional academic and service achievements at Saint Mary’s College.

 

College Awards

Casey Weider

Casey Douglas Weider

Business Administration: Marketing and Digital Media

Valedictorian

Awarded to the student having the highest academic achievements of the graduating class.

Matthew Julian White

Biochemistry

De La Salle Award

Named in honor of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers. Awarded in the memory of J.A. Graves of the class of 1872 to the graduating senior with the highest record for scholarship and general excellence.

School Awards

Alyson Kima Henry

Economics & Business Administration: Business Analytics

Brother U. Jerome Griffin Award

Named in honor of the revered Brother Jerome Griffin, who was a professor of economics and dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College for 14 years. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record in the School of Economics and Business Administration.

Megan Holt

Biology

Arthur S. Campbell Award

Named in honor of the notable professor of biology who taught at Saint Mary’s College from 1926 to 1961. Awarded to the graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record in the School of Science.

Simone Nicole Temple

Women's and Gender Studies & English: Creative Writing

James L. Hagerty Award

Named in honor of the illustrious professor of philosophy at Saint Mary’s College for 37 years and alumnus of the class of 1919. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record in the School of Liberal Arts.

Service Awards

Jaylen K. Crim

Kinesiology: Exercise Science

George R. McKeon Award

Named in memory of this noted Bay Area developer. Awarded to one male and one female student distinguished as both an outstanding athlete and scholar.

Anders Engebretsen

Economics

George R. McKeon Award

Named in memory of this noted Bay Area developer. Awarded to one male and one female student distinguished as both an outstanding athlete and scholar.

Halen A. Gamino

Integral Liberal Arts

Sister Clare Wagstaff, CHS, Ph.D., AFSC Ministry Award

Named in honor of a Sister (and proud affiliated member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools) who provided an unforgettable ministry of welcome, presence, encouragement, and inclusion at Saint Mary's College for almost 25 years. This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding commitment to the Lasallian tenet to build an inclusive community and “touching the hearts of those you serve” at Saint Mary's College.

Aida Paola Mucino

Communication

George Robert Milliken Award

Named by William J. Milliken in memory of his brother. Recognizes a graduating senior who has exemplified the College’s values through action. The award honors a student who has epitomized “the best of leadership” within our community and whose influence, ideals, and involvement will leave a lasting, positive impression on the College.

Edward Daniel Ventura

Business Administration: Marketing and Digital Media

Brother Mel Anderson, FSC Award

Named in honor of the 26th and longest-serving president of Saint Mary’s College. Awarded to a graduating senior for outstanding commitment to fostering Lasallian leadership and ministry in the Saint Mary’s College community.

Department Awards

Shyista Fatima Ahmed

Art Practice

Brother Kyran Aviani, FSC Award

Named in honor of the beloved Brother Kyran, noted artist and professor of art at Saint Mary’s College from 1954 to1968. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as an Art/Art History major.

Matalyn E. Ament

Sociology

Jane Addams Award

Named for the sociologist and social activist who co-founded the Hull House and was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding record as a Sociology major.

Taylor Nicole Bloch

Environmental Studies

John Muir Award

Named in honor of the Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of the U.S. wilderness. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as an Environment and Earth Sciences major.

Matis Bot

Economics

Adam Smith Award

Named in memory of the 18th century Scottish philosopher and economist. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as an Economics major.

Sophia B. Cipolla

English

Brother Leo Meehan, FSC Award

Named in honor of this famous professor of English, poet, writer, and orator who taught at Saint Mary’s College from 1908 to 1941. Awarded to the graduating seniors with outstanding scholastic records as English majors.

Laine T. Corfield

Integral Liberal Arts

Saint Thomas Aquinas Award

Named for the celebrated 13th century philosopher, theologian, and doctor of the Church. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record in the Integral Program.

Arianna G. DeLillo

Justice, Community, and Leadership & Communication

Byron Bryant Award

Named in memory of a longstanding professor of English and founder of the Department of Communication who taught at Saint Mary’s College from 1955 to 1984. Awarded to the graduating seniors with outstanding scholastic records as Communication majors.

Conor Dixon

Biology

Carlos Freitas Award

Named in honor of this alumnus of the class of 1925, a former regent of the College, and noted Bay Area jurist. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Biology major.

Alyxandria L. Fairman

Kinesiology: Health and Human Performance

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano Award

Named to honor Juvenal’s Latin phrase that captures the essence of a modern liberal arts education. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Kinesiology major.

Lindsey Nicole Gamache

English: Creative Writing

Brother Leo Meehan, FSC Award

Named in honor of this famous professor of English, poet, writer, and orator who taught at Saint Mary’s College from 1908 to 1941. Awarded to the graduating seniors with outstanding scholastic records as English majors.

Kathryn C. Gubler

Technical Theatre and Design

Louis LeFevre Award

Named in honor of this alumnus of the class of 1913, professor, and chairman of the Department of History at Saint Mary’s College for 35 years. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Performing Arts major.

Audrey Simone Hand

History

Professor Ben Frankel Award

Named in honor of Ben Frankel, who taught history at Saint Mary’s College for 50 years and inspired students to stretch their minds and inhabit the past as they prepare to transform the future. Awarded to a graduating senior with the highest scholastic record in the History major.

Cassidy Mae Hoffman

Accounting & Business Administration: Business Analytics

Henry Rand Hatfield Award

Named for the noted humanist, scholar, and accounting educator, also the first full-time accounting professor in the United States. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as an Accounting major.

Allison Ann Johnson

Philosophy

Saint Albertus Magnus Award

Named for the extraordinary 13th century scientist, philosopher, theologian, and doctor of the Church. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Philosophy major.

Kathryn Lombardi

Allied Health Science

Julie A. Pryde Award

Named in honor of this member of the class of 1987 who was most instrumental in establishing the Allied Health Science Program at Saint Mary’s College. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Health Sciences major.

Cameron Lum

Psychology

Frederick Whelan Award

Named in memory of the late Frederick Whelan, professor and chairman of the Department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s College for 14 years. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Psychology major.

Thi Qui Luong

Business Administration: Business Analytics

Earl W. Smith Award

Named in honor of a famous Bay Area contractor, former regent of the College, and founder of the Earl W. Smith Endowed Chair in Business Administration. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Business Administration major.

Erik Lyons

Anthropology

Margaret Mead Award

Named after the noted cultural anthropologist and social activist credited with bringing anthropological insights on issues such as women’s rights, race relations, and world hunger to the American public. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as an Anthropology major.

John D. Mancini

Politics

Thurgood Marshall Award

Named for the African American Supreme Court Justice who courageously employed the law to promote racial and social equality. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Politics major.

Kathleen R. McGinley

Justice, Community, and Leadership

bell hooks Award

Named for the inspirational writer, feminist scholar, and public intellectual who advocates for social justice. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Justice, Community, and Leadership major.

Darya Tarasivna Poliyenko

Biochemistry

Linus Pauling Award

Named in honor of one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Peace. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Biochemistry major.

Simone Nicole Temple

Women's and Gender Studies & English: Creative Writing

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Award

Named for the 17th century poet, philosopher, and defender of women’s right to education. Awarded to the graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Frank A. Vasgerdsian

Math & Justice, Community, and Leadership

Brother Alfred Brousseau Award

Named in honor of the renowned professor of mathematics and physics who taught at Saint Mary’s from 1930–1941 and 1959–1978, whose special passions included the study of Fibonacci numbers and California wildflowers. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a Mathematics & Computer Science major.

Valentina Marina Velasquez

Ethnic Studies & Spanish: Hispanic Cultural Studies

Dante Award

Named for the renowned 13th century Italian statesman and poet, author of The Divine Comedy, the greatest work of poetic literature in the Western world. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record as a World Languages and Cultures major.

Sin Fronteras Award

Named for the vision of a world without borders that promotes recognition of and respect for interconnected peoples and cultures who stand in solidarity, with the belief that another world is possible. Awarded to a graduating senior with an outstanding scholastic record in Ethnic Studies.