Commencement 2011

Scholars and Leaders Awards Ceremony

Please join us in the Sawyer Fine Arts Center Theater on Friday, May 9 at 2 p.m. Graduates will be honored and receive Capstone, Baccalaureate and Program Recognition Awards; honor society cords; and leadership and achievement awards. Come celebrate and share the recognition.

Capstone Awards

The Capstone experience differs from major to major, but its purpose is to ensure that all seniors demonstrate their accumulated knowledge through action, and effectively communicate their knowledge and actions to others in an interdisciplinary setting.

This year's Capstone Awards may be given for the following majors: Art–Studio Art, Biology, Business Administration, Child Development, Child Development with Early Childhood Education, Creative Writing, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Graphic Design, Health Care Management, Health Promotion, Media Studies, Nursing, Multidisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology.

Baccalaureate Awards

Baccalaureate awards are presented to the graduating students in each baccalaureate program who are selected by the faculty for their interest and excellence within the major. Recipients must be full-time students and have completed at least 50 percent of their credits for graduation while attending Colby-Sawyer.

The 2014 Baccalaureate Awards may be given in the following majors: Art–Studio Art, Athletic Training, Biology, Dr. Margaret “Marnie” Kurtz Award in Business Administration, Child Development, Creative Writing, Carl M. Cochran Award in English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, Graphic Design, Health Care Management, Health Promotion, History and Political Studies, Media Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies Grace Adella Sheldon Graves Award in Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Sport Management.

Academic Honors

Guy Floyd Williams Award
The Guy Floyd Williams Award is presented to a graduating senior majoring in a science who has helped to maintain and perpetuate the ideals of the college during the student's years at Colby-Sawyer and who, through appropriate conduct, scholarship and decorum, has exemplified the spirit of the college.

Alpha Chi Award
The Alpha Chi Award is given to a graduating student who, in the eyes of the members of Alpha Chi, best exemplifies truth and character, which are the ideals of the society.

Honor Societies and Graduate Honor Cords

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 ten 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.

Iota Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society for Athletic Training Education
The college's chapter of this honor society promotes, recognizes and encourages outstanding scholarly achievement of students enrolled in athletic training education programs. Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 and rank in the top 35 percent of their graduating class. Honor cords red, yellow and blue are worn by graduates.

Lambda Pi Eta, the Honor Society of the National Communication Association
The college's chapter of this national honor society in communication studies fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of communication. Members must have completed 60 credit hours, with 12 in media studies courses, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum GPA of 3.25 in media studies courses, and rank in the top 30 percent of their class. Honor cords of red and white are worn by graduates.

Colby-Sawyer College Honor Society for Nursing
This Honor Society is dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide by increasing the scientific base of nursing practice. Members must have a GPA of 3.0, rank in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class, meet the expectation of academic integrity, and obtain faculty endorsements. Honor cords of purple and white are worn by graduates.

Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration
The College's chapter of Sigma Beta Delta honors the academic excellence and integrity of business administration majors. Members must rank in the top 20 percent of the senior class or the top ten percent of the junior class, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and show a record of academic honesty and integrity. Members are expected to embrace its principles of wisdom, honorable service and the pursuit of meaningful aspirations. Honor cords of gold and green are worn by graduates.

Wesson Honors Program
This 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.

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology
The purpose of this national honor society 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 the class, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses, 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 blue and gold are worn by graduates.

Leadership and Student Recognition Awards

Class Academic Awards
Awards are presented by the college each spring to the sophomore, junior, and senior students who rank highest in scholarship in the appropriate class. The recipients of these awards must be full-time students who have completed at least fifty percent of their credits at Colby-Sawyer.

Senior Achievement Award
This award is presented each year to a graduate who has distinguished himself or herself through leadership in the cocurricular life of the college. The recipient of this award is nominated by faculty and staff.

Senior Commencement Speaker
The Commencement Speaker Medal is presented to the student who will represent the character of the graduating class and will give an inspirational and engaging speech that reflects the college's values and learning outcomes.

Edith Stockman Ruettinger Award The gift of a member of the class of 1932, this award is granted to a female student in the liberal arts program who is continuing her education toward a bachelor's degree. The recipient is selected on the basis of scholarship, character, future goals, and need.

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.

Barbara Johnson Stearns Awards
Established in honor of a member of the class of 1932, this award honors female and male students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the college community.

Ann Gulick Award
This award was established in memory of Ann Gulick '54, by her classmates. It is presented to the sophomore student 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.