Mercyhurst to bestow student commencement honors

In keeping with tradition, a number of Mercyhurst Erie graduates will be recognized with special awards as part of commencement proceedings slated for May 23-24.

For the second time in school history, Mercyhurst will present its Carpe Diem Award – the highest award given to a traditional-aged student – to an international student, Mihailo “Mixa” Jovanovic, a business major from Belgrade, Serbia. Michael D. Kelly, who was among the first Irish students to enroll at Mercyhurst under the John F. Kennedy Scholarship Program, received the honor in 1988.

Sister Hellen Khisa, a member of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis from Kenya, is also a co-recipient of the President’s Award for Adult Excellence. She earned her degree in special education.

Other awards being presented during commencement weekend include:
Bishop’s Award for Academic Excellence: Katy Suzanne Sherlach
Catherine McAuley Adult Student Award: Tanisha Morgan
President’s Award for Adult Excellence (co-recipient): Lindy-Jo Smart
Mother Borgia Egan Honors Award: Nicolas D. Gutowski
Sister Carolyn Herrmann Service Award: Rachel M. Wojcik
Frank Barry Leadership Award: Christina Coovert
Alumni Recognition Award: Victoria Fleisner
President’s Awards for Excellence In A School: John R. Ladd and Sarah Elizabeth Pozderac (School of Arts and Humanities); Lauren Michelle Weisser (Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences); Sarah A. Rudawitz (School of Social Sciences); Anna Kwirant (Walker School of Business and Communication); Whitney M. Paul and Craig Van Tassel (Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics).

Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Awards: Silver Marie Glover (Administration of Justice); Alexandra R. Klales (Anthropology); Michael Butler (Applied Intelligence); Joseph Edward Howard (Organizational Leadership); Ashley Marie Herrmann (Special Education).

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