In ceremonies on Saturday, individual students also earned top honors that garnered them a mention at Sunday’s ceremony.
One of the highest honors that MBU bestows, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award student award was given to Qadira K. Muhammad and the non-student award to Dorie Clark ’97, recognizing the recipients’ excellence of character and humanitarian service.
Inductees into Phi Beta Kappa — the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society — were Caroline Fresch, Sarah Lawson, Qadira Muhammad, Faith Parker, and William Rinaldo.
There was a two-way tie for the Martha Stackhouse Grafton Award, which is given to the graduate with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA). Award winners were Katriel Cho and Talula Mays, who both completed their degree with a 4.0 GPA.
The MBU Online Outstanding Graduate was Kevin Griffith.
MBU’s Shakespeare and Performance program gave the Ariel Award for Outstanding Program Service and Leadership to Claire Wittman. The program’s Andrew Gurr Award for Outstanding Thesis went to Heron Kennedy.
The College of Education recognized Jennifer Landes with the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award and Quaneilia “Shay” Carter with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
There was also a tie for the Susan Nolan Palmer Outstanding MBA Student Award. Both Amy Beach and Rachel Laux were honored.
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences bestowed the Nancy Morse Evans Leadership Award on physical therapy graduate Emmy Kincaid Blacka; occupational therapy student Ruthanne Rowane; and bachelor of science in nursing graduate Katherine E. Brown. The Linda Seestedt-Stanford Leadership Awards went to physical therapy graduate Caitlin Michele Smith, occupational therapy graduate Brighid Moira Rebolledo, and physician assistant graduate Jennifer Chambers Baulieu. The inaugural Master of Healthcare Administration Graduate of the Year was Karen Blakemore, and the Physician Assistant Student of the Year was Keeley Mary-Paige Cook.