Graduation Awards

Commencement Awards
Awards listed below with an asterisk (*) denotes a monetary award. 

Al Owens Spirit Award *
Awarded to students who exhibit a constant sense of sprit in their personal and academic lives. This award was created in memory of Al Owens, a former Academic Advisor at the College.

Alumni Association Award *
Awarded to students who have shown outstanding achievement in their field of study.

Alumni Graduate Achievement Award *
Awarded to a graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has overcome a difficult circumstance in their pursuit of a higher education.

Beth Kessler Waasdorp Memorial Award *
Awarded to a student majoring in Education or Human Services who has an excellent academic record and will prove to be an asset to their chosen field. This award was established by former member of the College’s Board of Trustees Tobie Kessler and her husband, Herman, to celebrate the life of their daughter, Beth.

Brian Brendlinger Award for Leadership and Involvement *
Awarded to a student for their outstanding leadership and involvement on campus and who exemplifies the characteristics of dedication and passion toward enhancing the quality of student life at the College.

Commencement Speaker Award
Awarded to the student chosen to represent the graduating class.

Faculty Federation Award for Excellence in Scholarship *
Awarded to a graduate who has demonstrated academic excellence, based upon an essay illustrating their commitment to the life of the College.  Presented by the Faculty Federation.

GAMMA of Pennsylvania Award of Excellence
Awarded to a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) member who personifies the hallmarks of PTK and is plans to continue their education.

Grace Mary Spena Memorial Award *
Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated commitment and excellence to community service. Established through the generosity of Grace Spena, former Director of Health and Wellness Services at the College, this award is dedicated to Grace Mary Spena, a devoted Mom and caring and loving friend, who dedicated her life to the service of family, church and community.

Provost Award of Excellence *
Given to a graduate for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership, and community service.

Ryan Johnson Memorial Award *
Awarded to a graduating History student with the highest GPA.  This award is made in memory of Dr. Ryan Johnson, a former History faculty member at the College.

Ryan Johnson, Ph.D. Endowed Award *
Award to a West Campus History student with a minimum 3.5 GPA who intends on  transferring to a four-year college or university. This award is made in memory of Dr. Ryan Johnson by his family.

Tobie and Herman Kessler Humanities Award *
Awarded to a student who has achieved academic excellence and is committed to pursuing a four-year degree. This award, established by the daughter of Tobie and Herman Kessler, Lynne, and her husband, Abelardo Lechter, to honor their dedication, service and commitment to the College. Lynne, like her mother, was also a former member of the College’s Board of Trustees.

Wanda Campbell Memorial Award *
Awarded to a student who is compassionate and caring manner toward others. This award was created in memory of Wanda Campbell, a former College employee.