WORCESTER – Assumption University honored 84 students with academic awards at the annual spring Honors Convocation on April 11. The event is an opportunity to recognize students who have excelled in their individual field of study with one of the University’s academic departmental honors, special awards, and Augustine Scholarships.
Shayla DeGeorge, Class of 2022, of Natick, received the departmental award for English.
“Assumption is proud of those students who earned recognition at the University’s annual Honors Convocation, which recognizes students for academic excellence and who embody the Assumption mission,” said Greg Weiner, Ph.D., interim president of Assumption University. “These students, including Shayla, have demonstrated a commitment to the relentless pursuit of Catholic liberal education, serving as leaders for their classmates, and embracing the opportunities provided by Assumption to form individuals prepared to live lives of meaning.”
The departmental and special awards allow faculty to honor the most meritorious students in each of their primary programs of study while Augustine Scholarships are awarded to rising juniors and seniors whose academic achievement, leadership, character, and community service embody the Assumption mission.
Christina Graziano, Esq. ’10, a partner at Ketterer, Browne, and Anderson law firm in Washington, DC, served as the keynote speaker. Graziano shared that early on in her career she realized she needed to decide “not what kind of lawyer I wanted to be, but what kind of person I wanted to be.” The values from her liberal arts education helped her find the right path.
“Decide who you are, who you want to be, and endeavor to remain. faithful to your values in the face of life’s myriad obstacles and distractions,” Graziano shared. “Allow the tenets of your Assumption education to serve as an animating force behind all the great things that you pursue in this lifeYou students are stewards of a rich intellectual tradition, one that long predates you and with the grace of God will endure long after the ink is dry on your diplomas.”
Assumption University, founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption, is New England’s premier university for high-quality education, integrating career preparation and education of the whole person, drawing upon the best in the rich and centuries-long tradition of Catholic higher education. Assumption, located in Worcester, seeks to provide students with a transformative education that forms graduates who possess critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service.
The University offers 34 majors and 49 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, nursing and professional studies; as well as master’s and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs.