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Graduate student honorees announced

Friday, May 8, 2015

Eight students will be honored as the outstanding graduates in Mercyhurst University’s master’s degree programs during commencement festivities this month.

The graduate program awards are named in honor of Sister Eustace Taylor, an iconic figure in Mercyhurst history. A member of the college’s first graduating class in 1929, she earned her doctorate in English from Catholic University and joined the Mercyhurst faculty in 1937. She remained part of the Mercyhurst community until the 1990s, as an inspiring teacher and scholar, as the school’s president for six years, and as a member of the board of trustees. She died in 2002 at the age of 98.

Gilbert Jacobs, Ph.D., dean of the graduate college, said the Sister Eustace Taylor Awards recognize graduate students who have not only excelled academically but also made major contributions to their program, to Mercyhurst and to the wider community. “We are looking forward to their future accomplishments and contributions as exemplary leaders in service to others,” he said.

Honorees for 2015 include:

  • Administration of Justice: Andrew Demjanenko

  • Anthropology: Kate Lesciotto

  • Applied Behavior Analysis: Kortnie Cotter

  • Applied Intelligence: Jacob Miller

  • Exercise Science: Courdell Schaetzle

  • Organizational Leadership: Brittany Prischak

  • Secondary Education: Bradley Lowe

  • Special Education: William Kraus

These students are among 92 graduates from eight programs who will receive their degrees at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center.  The awards will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, May 14.