Academic Excellence of Students and Faculty Celebrated at 2021 Honors Convocation

By Caitlin Burns | April 15, 2021

More than 1,500 members of the University community were recognized for scholastic excellence at this year’s Honors Convocation, held virtually and accessible to the University community beginning April 9. 

In total, 1,470 graduate and undergraduate students were recognized on the Dean’s List and Distinguished Dean’s List, while 54 students were recognized with awards for their academic accomplishments and innovative research. Additionally, 46 students were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor societies, and Education major and Theater Arts minor India Knight ’21 served as student speaker. 

“Being in the present moment has taught me a couple of things: It has taught me to be a better student, a better teacher, to be a better activist, and to be a better friend,” said Knight. “These moments of presence can affect who you are, and what you stand for, and how you grow. You can choose to be present or not—I encourage you to take back your presence.”

Students who earned departmental and University awards, as well as Dean’s List and Distinguished Dean’s List, were spotlighted for their success in the spring and fall 2020 semesters. For many, the 2020 semesters were their most challenging after quickly being forced online in the spring, and remaining All-Modes Ready in the fall.

“Grades normally don’t mean much to me but getting this early this morning absolutely made my day!” Psychology major NJ Owens-Boone tweeted. “Last semester was insanely hard for me and I somehow managed all A’s, even more surprised as someone with a learning disorder.”

Helene Klein, assistant dean for Honors and Accelerated Programs, received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Advising and Mentoring, and Dr. Matthew Wexler, adjunct professor of Psychology, received the Arcadia University Adjunct Faculty Award.  

President Ajay Nair and Provost Jeff Rutenbeck saluted the faculty and staff for their perseverance, innovation, and excellence during a remarkable year. 

“Students, continue to use your scholastic talents, research skills, and critical thinking to address issues not only in the classroom or the lab, but also in your local and global communities,” said President Nair. “Our society needs innovation; it needs individuals willing to go beyond their communities to impact the world. We at Arcadia are proud of all of your accomplishments, and we hope that you continue to challenge yourself and reach even greater heights of success.”