Carpe Diem Award:
This honor is the highest award presented by Mercyhurst University to a traditional-aged student. It is given in recognition of intellectual competency, personal integrity, and most importantly, leadership impact. It is presented to the outstanding graduating senior who had the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the university motto “Carpe Diem,” to “Seize the Opportunity.” The name and criteria for this award were established by the Sisters of Mercy under the leadership of Mother Borgia Egan, the founding president of Mercyhurst University. The student who wins this award will also be the student speaker at the graduation ceremony.
Bishops Award of Excellence:
This undergraduate award is presented to the graduating senior who is considered the top scholar among the graduating class. Criteria for selection are GPA and program demands. The rigor associated with dual majors and minors is also considered. The Registrar’s Office will provide the President’s Selection Committee with the names of the students receiving the top five highest cumulative GPAs. The President’s Selection Committee will then choose the winner based on these criteria. A cash award is presented by the Catholic Diocese of Erie.
Mother Borgia Egan Award:
This undergraduate award recognizes the model honors student who fully embodies the spirit of a liberal arts education. The winner must have completed the requirements of the Honors Program. The winner also will have demonstrated the following: an appreciation of the cultural environment of the University, academic and scholarly/professional accomplishments, and a dedication to community service.
Sister Carolyn Herrmann Service Award:
This award is given to a traditional graduating senior who has given unselfishly of time, energy, loyalty and talent in the spirit of Sr. Carolyn Herrmann, who served as the University’s President from 1962 – 1970.
President’s Award for Excellence (traditional undergraduate):
Each of the four Colleges at the University, under the direction and guidance of the respective Collegel Dean, nominate three traditional seniors in their respective Colleges. The criteria for selection are GPA and overall contribution to the respective College. The award is given to the student who is considered to be the top scholar in each respective College.
Frank Barry Leadership Award:
This award is given to a traditional graduating senior who has exemplified superior student leadership and campus involvement during his/her time at Mercyhurst University. This award is named after Frank Barry, ’75, one of the first male student government presidents.
Alumni Recognition Award:
This traditional undergraduate award is presented to the graduating senior who has shown exceptional loyalty and strong ties to his/her alma mater, and whose undergraduate days have been filled with a visible love, spirit and involvement at “The Hurst.”
Catherine McAuley Adult Student Award:
This award is presented to an adult student in recognition of superior work, as well as personal and professional achievement. The non-traditional student who wins this award will be the student who has been judged to be the most outstanding adult student in the graduating class. The award is based on GPA, but also takes into account professional achievement, family responsibilities and other challenges that can face adult students.
President's Award for Adult Excellence:
Under the direction and guidance of the College Deans, each College nominates an adult student for this award. The criteria for selection are GPA and overall contribution to the University. The award is given to one adult student who is considered to be a top scholar at the University.
Dr.Barrett C. Walker Graduat Leadership Award:
This award is presented annually to the Organizational Leadership graduate who has demonstrated superior academic excellence and whose master's thesis or research based project is deemed to make the greatest contribution to the understanding of leadership in organizations as judged by the graduate Organizational Leadership faculty.
Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award:
This award is presented to the outstanding graduate student in each graduate program at Mercyhurst, recognizing overall achievement in scholastics, leadership, service, community involvement and character that distinguishes them as outstanding citizens, alumni and professionals.