EU holds virtual Academic Honors Convocation for December grads

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Monday, November 23rd, 2020 at 12:05 PM
EU holds virtual Academic Honors Convocation for December grads by Emily Anderson

2020 has been a landmark year; unprecedented events have shaped both the worldwide and individual experience. Edinboro University President Dr. Guiyou Huang echoed these sentiments in his welcome speech at EU’s Academic Honors Convocation, held virtually Nov. 13. Huang, serving in his last semester as campus president, expressed how proud he was of each student’s individual commitment and excellence, not only during their entire time at Edinboro, but also in the past nine months as the university dealt with the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The student speaker was Nathan Brennan, who is receiving a journalism and public relations degree in December. Brennan, former writer and executive editor for The Spectator, expressed his gratitude for the select faculty and staff members who helped shape and guide him during his years at Edinboro. He congratulated the class of 2020 on persevering and overcoming, not only during this last year, but through all of college.

Brennan went on to talk about all that has changed in the last few years, including students who have matured and learned. As a freshman, he was, “scared, unsure of myself, and frankly a little bit lost in a sea of possibilities,” but “going to a university” was “a chance to get past that initial hesitation.” He explained further that going to college exposed him to a variety of topics and led him to learn and discover things he might not have on his own. In addition, he got as involved as he possibly could be and was better for it. He congratulated his peers, the “strivers” as he called them, who proved themselves to be true Fighting Scots.

The ceremony participants went on to announce awards and honors for graduates. Dr. Scott Miller — dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and dean of the School of Business — announced students that would be graduating Summa Cum Laude. These students received a gold stole in recognition for their cumulative GPA of 3.8 to 4.0.

Dr. Erinn Lake, dean of EU's education school and director of graduate studies, announced students graduating Magna Cum Laude. Their hard work of achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.6 to 3.79 earned them a white stole.

Students graduating Cum Laude received a red stole for their cumulative GPA of 3.4 to 3.59 and that was announced by Dr. Denise Ohler, dean of the College of Science and Health Professions. Ohler also announced the students receiving an Associate Degree with Distinction, earning a pin to wear on their graduation robes. 

The awards continued with Dr. Roger Solberg, director of the Honors College at Edinboro, awarding honors seniors with a gold cord. The final awards were announced by the dean of each department, bestowing the outstanding departmental graduates with a red cord of distinction.

Provost Dr. Michael Hannan ended the ceremony by mentioning the academic honor societies that have chapters on campus. He thanked everyone for being there, albeit virtually, to celebrate the academic greatness of the class of 2020 and once again congratulated the students on their achievements.

You can watch the ceremony in full, below.

Emily Anderson is the Voices Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at

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