2019 Graduate Student Awards Highlight Outstanding Achievements

Graduate Student Awards CeremonyOn Thursday, May 9, soon-to-be graduates, their family members, peers, faculty, and administrators filled Siena Hall to celebrate the students’ hard work in the Graduate and Professional Studies Programs at Saint Mary’s College. Their accomplishments were recognized with Dean’s Awards from three schools—the School of Liberal Arts (SOLA), the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA), and the Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE). As attendees filled the hall to enjoy tasty small bites before the presentation of awards, students Sara Mameesh '22 and Melanie Moyer '22 provided live music on flute and violin. The lovely harmonies set the tone for the jubilant evening.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Margaret Kasimatis officially kicked off the ceremony with an enthusiastic welcome. Following this, President James Donahue celebrated graduates for their “demonstrated remarkable success in [their] time here at Saint Mary’s.” Donahue hoped each graduate had been instilled with a sense of calling, meaning, and purpose in their pursuits.

Associate Professor Mary Kay Moskal from KSOE presented Michael S. Miller-Farrar with the Dean’s Award for his outstanding doctoral research. His dissertation, “Powerful Voices of Women Religious: Social Justice as a Core Value of a University,” impressed the Leadership Department faculty by having the potential to advance the profession and positively impact the field of educational leadership. The curriculum of the doctoral program equips leaders who understand the causes of inequality within society to make an impact on students, parents, and educators.

SEBA honored seven of its graduates for their work in all of the programs offered through the school. This year, three graduating students—Diana Elena Diaz, Aaron Matthew Greenlee Rouse, and Makenna Raye Mccabe Walls—were recognized for their outstanding scholastic record in the Professional MBA Program. The flexible evening and weekend program is ranked No. 2 in California by College Choice.

From SOLA, John McAfee was awarded the Dean’s Award for his MFA in Dance. The award is given to the student whose work in the program most engages with the spirit of the College’s mission. Recipients of this award reflect positive demonstrations of academic accomplishment, service, civic engagement, and creative contributions. In McAfee’s absence, Professor Rogelio Garcia accepted the award on his behalf.

Following the presentation of awards, the graduates and their guests mingled with faculty and administrators, enjoying food and conversation.