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Medallion Ceremony 2013

Medallion 2013

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Medallion Ceremony is the academic event Honors College students experience before attending their official Commencement Ceremony in Boca Raton. The Medallion Ceremony is coordinated by a committee of Honors College students, staff, and faculty. Each spring, graduating seniors attend this symbolic ceremony where the senior's thesis advisor bestows an Honors College Medallion upon the student. This event includes a student address and a presentation of academic and student awards.

This year, the 2013 graduating class will be embarking on remarkable endeavors which range from the Peace Corps in Rwanda, Teach for America, Harvard Medical School, the U.S. Army, Law School, and travels to nearly every corner of the globe. Click here to learn more about the Honors College graduates- Class of 2013.


Click the cover to view the 2013 Medallion Ceremony Program.

Student Awards 2013


Honors Convocation Awards

University Scholar- Hannah Norcini
University Club Merit Scholar- Christina Turn

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Awards

Distinguished Service Award- Stephanie Lopez
Distinguished Community Service Award- Dawn Adolfson
Outstanding Freshman- Connor Viorin
Outstanding Sophomore- Rachel Turn
Outstanding Junior- Megan Geiger
Outstanding Senior- Brooke Radaker
Outstanding Scholar- Maria de Lourdes Aitken

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Outstanding Thesis Awards

Rachael Arrighi
Arely Baugh
Rosa Beltran
Kaitlyn Blum
Celeste Corrales
Kaitlin Gallagher
Krystal Hazellief
Fred Jeune
Elizabeth Johnson
Stephen Jones
Heather Kalisz
Tiffany Kaul
William Kissner
Morgan Levy
Zoe Lewycky
Stephanie Lopez
Hannah Norcini
Lucas Ortiz
Rachael Pilaski
Brooke Radaker
Ana Rodrigues
Emily Smith
Melissa Stiksma
Christina Turn
Joseph Williams
Zachary Zigmond

2013 Alumni Society Speaker

alumni speaker 2013

Niina Pollari   

Niina pollari is a poet, editor, translator, and graduate of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 2006. Niina's outstanding thesis, "...At the Ear of Eve": Hearing, Gender, and the Physiology of the Fall in John Milton's Paradise Lost, won an honorable mention in the highly competitive Undergraduate Studies Essay Competition from the prestigious database, Early English Books Online, in 2006. Her thesis later led to an invitation to present her research at the Milton Symposium at the University of London in 2008. 

Upon graduation from the Honors College, Niina headed off to Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her Master's in Creative Writing in 2008. Since then, she has presented at several conferences, including the &NOW Literary Festival focused on experimental literature, where she gave a talk on narratorship in the work of Tytti Heikkinen on October of 2011. Niina's writing has been featured in numerous literary journals as well as the Brooklyn Rail and Jezebel.com. The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal, her translation of the poems of Tytti Heikkinen, was released in 2013 from Action Books, and she is also the author of two chapbook-length volumes of poetry: Fabulous Essential (2009, Birds of Lace) and Book Four (2012, Hyacinth Girl). In 2012, with Judy Berman, she edited a collection of essays called It's Complicated: Feminists Write about the Misogynist Art We Love. Currently, Niina Pollari is a project specialist at the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, where she's been since 2012, as well as coordinator for the POPSICKLE Literary Festival and a freelance translator. She is scheduled to speak in June 2013 at Book Expo America on the topics of self-publishing and crowdfunding.
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