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Honors College Graduates Recognized At Annual Luncheon

The Honors College at WKU recognized more than 200 graduates, the largest class in its history, at the annual Honors College Graduation Luncheon on May 13. At the commencement ceremonies on May 14, several Honors College graduates were recognized as Scholars of the Colleges and Jessica Canada was honored as the Ogden Foundation Scholar.

From 68 majors across all academic colleges, graduates have excelled in their academic studies with half the graduating class studying abroad in more than 30 countries including Argentina, Botswana, China, Iceland and South Africa, and more than 78 students completing thesis and capstone projects.

Honors alumni will continue their education in graduate schools across the globe including schools such as Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania. Other students will soon begin their career with employers such as Teach for America, soLeeMusic LLC., and the Smithsonian Institute.

At the graduation luncheon, each attendee was recognized individually and received a graduation medallion and certificate.

Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Executive Director of the Honors College at WKU, said the program provides an opportunity to highlight the hard work, accomplishments and successes of the Honors College student body.

“The scholars recognized at the graduation luncheon represent a body of global learners who have and will continue to represent the mission on the Honors College at WKU,” Dr. Cobane said. “They definitely deserved to be honored for their hard work and achievements within their time here on the Hill.”

Several graduates also received Honors College Senior Scholar Awards including:

Mary Spraggs, a Physics major and Gatton Academy graduate from Danville, received the Honors College CE/T of the Year award with her thesis titled “A Multi-Wavelength Analysis of Cold Evolving Interstellar Clouds.”

Megan Skaggs, an English and International Affairs major from Brownsville, received the Honors College Scholar of the Year award.

McKenzie Perdew, a Psychology major from Shepherdsville, received the Honors College Citizen of the Year award.

Megan Laffoon, a Biology major and member of the Chinese Language Flagship Program from Louisville, received the Honors College Global Citizen of the Year award.

By: Laura Johnson

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