Students Earn Top Academic Awards at Commencement
Academic awards were given to top student graduates at the 106th Saint Michael's College Commencement on May 12th, 2013. This year, instead of three awards, four were given, as two students shared the valedictory award.
Caroline E. Ward '13, daughter of Robert and Wendy Ward of Kingston, MA who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English magna cum laude, received the Katherine Fairbanks Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding woman in the graduating class. In presenting the award, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Commencement Master of Ceremonies Karen Talentino said Ward wrote an impressive senior thesis exploring the concept of "Otherness" that connected to "both the academic and experiential." Ward also studied in France for a semester and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Epsilon Sigma honorary societies. She also was very involved in campus ministry as a retreat leader. "She's an exceptional listener and brings out the best in others, one who seeks to serve others in all she does," Talentino said of Ward, who also was the senior class vice president.
Jeremy M. Carter II '13, son of Jeremy Carter of Mashpee, MA, and of Nancy Kelly, also of Mashpee, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and anthropology magna cum laude with department honors and received the Father Prevel Memorial Award, presented to the outstanding man in the graduating class. In presenting the award, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Commencement Master of Ceremonies Karen Talentino said Carter also minored in environmental studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Sigma Epsilon, honor societies. He started his first year as work-study in the MOVE volunteer service program, she said, and program leaders saw his passion as he pushed himself and others beyond comfort levels and challenged peers to do the same. "Advocacy is his natural tendency," she said, adding that Carter melds theory and practice on pressing issues of the day with his work for the Wilderness Program, Green-up and the labor-activist group SLAM. "He fully integrates service, advocacy and compassion," she said, noting that Carter will attend Vermont Law School in 2014.
Alexandra M. Foote '13, daughter of Richard Foote and Zsuzsanna Kadas of Shelburne, VT graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and in economics summa cum laude with department honors in both majors. She was named co-valedictorian along with Callie Lumbra, a psychology major from East Fairfield, VT, since both women had perfect 4.0 Grade Point Averages.
Foote was inducted into the following national honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa (inducted as a junior, a rare honor); Delta Epsilon Sigma, Omnicron Delta Epsilon (economics) and Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics). The co-valedictorians had the honor of leading the class from the Commencement ceremony.
Callie E. Lumbra '13, daughter of Craig and Joan Lumbra of East Fairfield, VT graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology summa cum laude. She was named co-valedictorian along with Alexandra Foote, since both women had perfect 4.0 Grade Point Averages. Lumbra was inducted into the following national honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Delta Epsilon Sigma, and Psi Chi (psychology).