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Mercyhurst names top graduate students

Monday, May 12, 2014

Among the 102 graduate students accepting their master’s degrees at commencement this weekend, seven have earned the top honor awarded by the Mercyhurst University College of Graduate Studies.

The Sister Eustace Taylor Award recognizes graduate students who have excelled academically and have made major contributions to their respective fields of study. The award also considers how these graduates have impacted Mercyhurst and communities beyond the university’s gates.

“The Sister Eustace Taylor Graduate Student awardees have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in their respective graduate programs that is in keeping with the finest traditions of Mercyhurst University. We are looking forward to their future accomplishments and contributions as exemplary leaders in service to others,” said Gilbert Jacobs, Ph.D., dean of the graduate college.

Faculty members from each of the seven graduate departments deliberated to choose which students would receive the honor. The award will be presented to graduate students at the Graduate Student Award Dinner on Thursday, May 15.

Graduate students will participate in a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on the Erie Campus on Saturday, May 17.

Award winners include:

Administration of Justice — Alex Manea

Forensic and Biological Anthropology — Rachel Murphy

Applied Intelligence — Melonie Richey

Exercise Science — Jacob Gdovin

Organizational Leadership — Sister Wilhelmena Kade Browne

Secondary Education — Elisha Pancoast

Special Education — Jennifer Grisnik