Outstanding students recognized at SPH Honors Convocation
Nearly 100 students were honored at the SPH Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 3rd for their excellence in academics and community service.
"It's the biggest event of the year for students in the school," Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Stephen Roth said, noting that the event celebrates the students' families as well. "It's the one event that highlights our best, most accomplished students."
Students are selected for a variety of awards that recognize a dazzling array of research accomplishments, community engagement and service projects that support the health of local and global communities. This year's honorees include hospital and school volunteers, health event organizers, student group leaders, lab researchers, data analysts and grant writers. One student provides social services to sex workers and drug users through mobile outreach. Another serves the community as an EMT with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department. Another created a video that won the Nonprofit Roundtable's video contest and co-founded a non-profit organization dedicated to destigmatizing mental health issues.
Dr. Roth presented the Dean's Scholar Graduate Awards, and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education Coke Farmer presented the Undergraduate Awards. Dean Boris Lushniak recognized members of the Delta Omega Honor Society, and Mr. Ron Padron, academic advisor and chair of thte SPH Scholarship Committee, recognized the Jerry P. Wrenn and TerpStart scholars. Distinguished faculty members presented awards from each department.
Health Services Administration MHA student Sara Sisselman felt that this event was "more significant than commencement because it was more personal." She said she enjoys the regalia and the ceremony of graduation, but "if I had to choose just one event for my family to attend, I would choose this one."
Dr. Roth appreciates the relatively small size of the convocation. "It feels a little bit like commencement, but it's a more intimate gathering," he said. People had an opportunity to mingle over light hors d'oeuvres before the formal ceremony, with faculty meeting family members and students.
About 200 faculty, staff, family and friends attended to celebrate the students. View photos from the event in the Flickr slideshow below.