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56th Honors Convocation to Laud Students

56th Honors Convocation to Laud Students

Brenda Williams McDuffie, president & CEO of Buffalo Urban League, will speak at the March 4 event

Buffalo, New York – February 5, 2015 – D’Youville College will hold its annual Honors Convocation on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at Kleinhans Music Hall beginning at 2:00 p.m.

More than 700 individuals including family and friends of the students are expected to attend the event that honors D’Youville students for their academic achievements. Students will be recognized for their inclusion on the college’s Dean’s List, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, membership in the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, as well as members of Pinnacle the National Adult Honor Society.

Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, D’Youville president, will confer the honors and awards including the college’s highest honor, the D’Youville Medal. It is awarded to an undergraduate student who is outstanding in academic achievement, possesses excellent character, and has demonstrated service and loyalty to the college. The college also will award the Grey Nun Medal to a graduate student possessing this same set of achievements and characteristics.

Brenda Williams McDuffie, president and CEO of Buffalo Urban League, will be the featured speaker.

The organization was created in 1927 and its mission today is “To empower African-Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.”

Under McDuffie’s leadership for the past 17 years, the Buffalo Urban League has gained recognition as one of the region’s premier human service and economic empowerment organizations.

She is also a member of the D’Youville Board of Trustees.

The student speaker will be Kristina Stumpf, a senior at the college. She is a resident of Cheektowaga, a Seneca East Senior High School graduate and a member of D’Youville’s Class of 2015. She is an education major and will continue on for her graduate degree in Special Education at D’Youville. Stumpf has been on the Dean’s List four out of her seven semesters at the college and was a member of the sophomore honor society, Lambda Sigma. She is a co-founder of the Future Teachers Association, a volunteer religious education teacher and is a long-time volunteer with Junior Achievement of Western New York.

This will be the 56th annual Honors Convocation in D’Youville’s history.


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