Commencement Awards Honor Student Scholarly Achievement, Leadership, and Service

May 19, 2023 9 AM

Fourteen students received awards during Stevenson’s 2023 Commencement Ceremonies held May 15-16, 2023. The following graduating seniors were honored for their academic, leadership, creative, and service achievements.

Rosemary Elliott Harder ’69 Award for Creative Leadership

The Rosemary Elliott Harder ’69 Award for Creative Leadership is conferred on a graduating woman who exhibited creative leadership and aptitude in her time at Stevenson. The successful recipient will have encouraged, cultivated, and implemented imaginative solutions and strategies. The student must be a graduating senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the time of her selection. 

Amina Sia Antar, Psychology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement Award 

The Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement Award is conferred on one graduating student who demonstrated the ability to achieve academically, to reach out to the needs of others at the university, and to persevere toward a goal while also managing major primary responsibilities outside Stevenson University life.

Kim Ngan Pham Huynh, Chemistry and Applied Mathematics
Fine School of the Sciences


Elizabeth McWethy Award

The Elizabeth McWethy Award is conferred on one graduating student who demonstrated exceptional creativity, manifested genuine concern for society, and has actively influenced the lives of others. 

Cambria Brae Leidy, Psychology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dorothy Stang Award

The Dorothy Stang Award is conferred on one graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the original founders of Stevenson University. Stang’s commitment to bringing social justice to the underprivileged in Brazil led to her murder. The award honors integrity, courage in the face of adversity, and a willingness to act on convictions without regard to consequence. Embodying the most cherished values that an education from Stevenson University instills in its students, the recipient of the Stang Award reaches out to members of the community with financial, spiritual, social, or cultural needs.

Lydia Rose Podowski, Nursing
Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions


John Mitchell Award

The John Mitchell Award is conferred on one graduating student who demonstrated outstanding service to their community in a way that exemplifies the values of Stevenson University’s mission.

Katrina Gabrielle Escobar Manabat, Nursing
Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions


Provost’s Award for Exceptional Scholarship

The Provost’s Award for Exceptional Scholarship is conferred on one graduating student who performed academically in a particularly exceptional way, has demonstrated unique intellectual ability and initiative, and has contributed to the academic pursuits of their peers.

Brianna Nicole Dewan, Biochemistry
Fine School of the Sciences


President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement

The President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement is conferred on a graduating student whose total performance has been marked in a striking fashion by singular creativity and by the depth of their intellectual interest and performance in all subject areas. 

Zachary Tyler Garrigus, Film and Moving Image
School of Design


Stevenson University Pin

The SU Pin Award is the most comprehensive honor the university may confer on one graduating student whose total personal performance is meritorious, including academic achievement, independence and integrity of thought and action, reliability, respect for others, and involvement in University or community affairs.

Ellington-Alexander Lewis Mendez, Psychology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Orsia F. Young Leadership Award

The Orsia F. Young Leadership Award is conferred on one graduating student from each academic school of the university who performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the Stevenson community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and been an agent for positive change in the university. 

Wiktoria Bilich, Early Childhood Education
School of Education

Eric M. Perry, Medical Laboratory Science
Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions

Jarrett Kenneth Porter, Accounting
Brown School of Business and Leadership

Andrew David Rouff, Film and Moving Image
School of Design

Alexandra Pinetta, Psychology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Maleah Lanay Smith, Biology
Fine School of the Sciences

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