53rd Honors Convocation Recognition of outstanding academic performance & service by our students.
The 53rd Honors Convocation was recently held at Kleinhans Music Hall. Tylor Vaillancourt, Student Association President served as emcee for this annual event, which seeks to recognize outstanding academic performance by our students, as well as awards for service to the community.
Wayne Redekop, former mayor of Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, and a member of the college’s board of trustees delivered the keynote address. Gerard Danoses, a 4th year student in the physician assistant program presented the student reflection. Gerard also received the academic award from the PA department.
In addition to the departmental academic awards students obtaining a 3.9 or higher grade point average were afforded special recognition.
The Student Association presented its scholarship awards to 4 students, and the Dr. J. Warren Perry Health and Human Services Leadership Award and Scholarship was presented to Shelley DeRooy, a student in the doctor of physical therapy program.
Students selected into Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, the Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, Pinnacle, the adult student honor society and Kappa Gamma Pi were also recognized at this event.
The Alumni Association presented its Lee Conroy Higgins Award to an outstanding senior student and this was won by Tylor Vaillancourt. The Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society presented the St. Catherine of Alexandria Medal to Andrea Milleville, an outstanding junior student. Both of these awards recognize academic achievement as well as service to the D’Youville and larger community.
The highest undergraduate award, the D’Youville Medal, was presented to Jordan Vokes, an outstanding senior student in the biology program. Upon graduation in May Jordan will be headed to the Syracuse University Medical School.
A new award was introduced this year, to recognize an outstanding graduate student. The first Gray Nun of the Sacred Heart Medal was presented to O’Dane Brady. O’Dane is completing his studies in the Doctor of Chiropractic Program as well as a masters degree in Health Service Administration and is set to begin work on his Ph.D at another university.
A reception for all the award winners, and their family and friends was held in the College Center after the awards ceremony.